Monday, October 4, 2010

'Spitfire' Nasturtiums Are Still Going Strong!

Well, who would have thought that the nasturtiums would look somewhat better in October than they did in September? But who would have thought that August and September would be as hot and dry as they were either? The ability of plants to cope in various extreme conditions is one of the wonders of life in the gardening world.

'Spitfire' is chugging right along, still blooming, if not growing taller by much. I expect it to continue until we have a hard freeze. We've yet to experience the first frost of the season, although it was predicted last night. It's on tap for tonight, too, and it just might happen this time. We'll see how things fare in the garden.

The nasturtiums are somewhat protected by a native white mulberry overhead, although it doesn't have any branches lower than 6-7 feet above ground level. I keep it trimmed so that things on the south side receive mostly full sun throughout the day, but it still should help keep some heat around the plants beneath its branches.

I wonder what I'll have to report when the first of November gets here...

Planted (direct sow): April 18
First bloom: June 12
Days to bloom: 55

"I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project.
Thanks to for the seeds."


Annelie said...

Ooh, sounds like it's getting close. My morning glory is chugging along looking better than ever. With cooler day the flowers last a lot longer, into the late afternoon even. During the hot summer it wouldn't last longer than 11 AM.


Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Nice! Mine look similar-ish. Love the twig trellis.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what variety of nasturtiums I have out there, but the are definitely happier now that cooler weather has arrived. But they never did spread much. However, I love the variegated foliage!

That Bloomin' Garden said...

The nasturtiums in our children's school garden all of a sudden filled out again. I think its the cooler weather. The older blooms dropped seeds which have grown and we tell the kids they are babies and the big plants are mommas.

Kylee Baumle said...

Annelie ~ We had a really hot, dry summer and I'm surprised they didn't just die altogether!

Monica ~ That trellis is made from our neighbor's prunings of his pear tree! :-)

Robin ~ Oh, aren't those called 'Alaska'? I'm not sure, but it seems like those are variegated. I've grown 'Peach Melba' before and they're pretty cool looking, too.

That Bloomin' Garden ~ Oh, I love that! I'll bet the kids do, too!

Nick said...

I snacked on some lively nasturtiums as I wandered around the gardens of Purdue University today. I'm feeling inspired to write more on my own blog after finding yours. Thanks for writing so much.


You've seen my "extra" nasturtium I got out of my seed pack, and when I saw yours earlier in the season I wondered if we had gotten the same one. But looking at your again I see that we got different ones.

Unknown said...

I LOVE those colors! (Especially in front of the cool silver artemisia.) I'm tempted to grow these myself next year!

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