I noticed the buds of the Nasturtiums were tinged with color last night as I walked through the garden after work and knew with a little sun to warm them, they'd likely be in bloom today. Sure enough!
The color is so vibrant, you notice them right away, even from a distance. I'm in love with this plant, with its reddish-orange blooms.
I'm not generally a fan of orange flowers - it just depends on what it is - but these have enough red in them that I wouldn't really consider them to be orange flowers. One that I do love is Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), which just happens to be next to this Nasturtium 'Spitfire.' They blend beautifully.
'Spitfire' currently has two fully-opened blooms with several more buds. The plants are also tall enough now for me to start guiding them to climb the teepee trellis I made. If we continue getting the rain we have been and the warm temperatures, these plants will be covering the trellis in no time!
Planted (direct sow): April 18
First bloom: June 12
Days to bloom: 55