Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Aint Nobody Happy if Nasty's Aren't Happy!

But, I'm not complaining today!

These Nasturtiums have shown that they Really Prefer cooler weather. They started very well this past spring. However, once summer weather arrived, even though it wasn't nearly our traditional hot, dry summer, the nasturtiums began to yellow, die back, and generally look terrible. I was quite disheartened.

However, if you click here, you can see the difference between September 9 and today!
Amazing, don't you think?

Happy Days are Here Again! :-)

These 'Spitfire' nasturtiums were provided by Renee at Renee's Garden (click here) for the "Grow Project." Thanks, Renee!

Clicking on the logo below will take you to the Grow Project where you'll find the other participants.

Thanks Mr. Green Thumb! :-)


Monica the Garden Faerie said...

One of mine prefers cool weather; two didn't make it to the cool weather. BTW, love your new header photo. Toad lilies RULE!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Monica, Thank you! I love toad lilies, too! I nearly lost my 'Lightning Strikes' last year. It returned this Spring and is now blooming! (Yea!)

I can see that I won't plant them again... at least not here. It's too hard to watch them struggle!

lisa said...

Mine enjoyed the consistently cool nights all summer with very little foliage yellowing, but they are definately in their glory right now. Several of my veggies got some frost damage, but the nasties are un-phased. I will definately grow these next year!

MrBrownThumb said...

The difference is really incredible. Glad they bounced back for you.

Rosemary said...

Quite a difference. The heat this summer really affected a lot of the flowers... Nasties are a lovely plant.

Rosemary said...

PS Love your new pic of the toadlily on the head of your blog.

D said...

Hi SG, yours look a whole lot better than mine! We had to tear out an entire border and toss them on the burn pile... mites, black mites that we have never experienced in our vegetable garden before were thick upon the leaves. Perhaps they saved other vegetables from being attacked.

troutbirder said...

A difference all right. Mine did well this year around the little fish pond. Shaded in the afternoon must have helped

Kathleen said...

It's good you didn't yank them out when they were suffering from the heat! They do look good now.
Love your header photo too ~ I finally have my first toad lily blooming! I'm sure it's partially due to inspiration from you. :-)

VW said...

While standing at my kitchen window this morning, I noticed the first bloom on a cream-flowered nasturtium in my neighbor's yard. It's going to get some way-too-cool weather soon, though, I'm afraid!

Anonymous said...

So that's why my nasturtiums look so much better now. They don't like the heat we had this summer! I've never grown them before, so I'm not familiar with their habits.

Shady Gardener said...

Lisa, I'm going to have to figure out where you are... It's wonderful that the nasturtiums did well for you all summer! :-)

Mr. BTh, I'm glad, too. It was rather disheartening at times...

Hi Rosemary, Thanks! (This is the time when Tricyrtis rule! ha!)

Di, Isn't it crazy that something took so wholeheartedly to your nasturtiums? I believe you're right... they saved the rest of your garden! :-)

troutbirder, did you ever show photos?? That was probably a pretty scene.

Hi Kathleen, You're right. I AM glad I didn't pull them. (I couldn't, because I was part of "the project!") ;-)
Thanks for the credit - I received inspiration from other garden bloggers, too! Gail and Iowa Boy, I think!

VW, I noticed Mr. Brown Thumb had some really pretty nasturtium cultivars blooming (photos on his blog). They were light in color. When do you expect your cold weather?

Msrobin, I'd not grown them before, either... but I'm just making an assumption - given the circumstances. :-) Thanks for your visit.