Monday, September 6, 2010

In Stasis

Spitfire nasturtium, and cousin

In the month of August the weather changed abruptly.  The sky opened up and it poured and poured.  We had several days where the rain gauge said 4 inches in the last storm.  Locally, but thankfully not at our house, there was severe flooding, worse than the flood of 93.  Which you may have heard, is the standard by which we measure flood water.

Then, it stopped.  We didn't have rain to speak of for a few weeks.  All the plants in containers, after getting watered heavily and frequently, almost on a daily basis, panicked at the decrease in water.  Our lawn turned brown.  Squash vines took on a tan cast and looked puckered.  I started watering daily with the hose, but it just wasn't the same. All my container plants look a little 'dry' now.  In the last few days it has finally rained a couple times, so hopefully they will recover. The nasturtiums above used to be at the top of the tippy pot planter.  They are so happy to be down on the ground that they look even better than they did before, in spite of the temporary water shortage.  

Here is a good example of how many of some plants are peeved off.  Even though it just rained, these plants are looking a little wilty. The nasturtiums aren't too terrible, but have several dead leaves and are a little yellow.  The pictures might seem a little blurred because of the extreme wind we had today.

These nasties never stood a chance.  They keep trying to grow and prosper, but since the giant cucumber and kale plants block their light, I will be surprised if they ever bloom.  And of course, they never even attempted to climb up this trellis.

purple hyacinth bean plant
Purple hyacinth bean plant (only 1)

In comparison, the purple hyacinth bean plant is climbing all over the place.  This is only one plant!  I am going to do a ton of these next year.  They are so beautiful.  I am not sure if the beans are edible, but I am going to find out.  While I was looking at the beans, I noticed my clematis.

Stupid clematis, finally blooming

This poor clematis has had a rough go of it.  It has been moved four or more times. It never gets a chance to get established and bloom all over like some people's do.  I actually figured that since I moved it in March this year, I wouldn't get any blooms at all.  Maybe it was feeling peer pressure from the hyacinth bean, or maybe it decided the hyacinth was showing off and decided to show that it wasn't inadequate.  Whatever the reason, I will get a few lovely purple flowers, which coincidentally, compliment the purple hyacinth flowers.

These are my original nasturtiums, and they are looking much better after I gave them a haircut.  They have been looking pretty scraggly for a while, so I just trimmed off the bottom section.  It seems like that helps nasturtiums a lot.  Especially this climbing kind.  If they get too leggy or cruddy looking, you can just cut off sections, and it grows back bushy and green.

DH calls these 'buttonflowers', because of the shape of the leaves.

They really do have stunning color.  The spitfires are so bold and vibrant.

Beebum in the sunflower

So for now,  most of the nasturtiums seem to be in stasis.  They haven't grown much more, but most of them still look really good.  This really is a dependable, long-lasting, long-blooming flower. The whole garden seems to be on 'pause'.  I love this time of year, when everything is at it's biggest, and you kind of fall into a holding pattern, but that's okay, because this is the good time before it starts to get colder.  I'm enjoying looking at everything and taking pictures.  I caught this 'beebum' checking out one of my sunflowers.

After 2 years of blogging, I finally figure out I can add captions.  Was this always there?
The garden is still producing well, but some things are starting to die back and thin out.  Holes are opening up in my garden, and I welcome the space they provide, after the crowding of midsummer.  I'm starting to plan and make lists of things I'll grow again next year, and what new things I want to try.  I know, as always, nasturtium will be on my list for years to come.

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


  1. Ugh - here too it is fall all of a sudden. What happened to summer? Why didn't I get some warning? I'm not ready yet!!!

    Your garden actually looks really great in my opinion - better than mine looks right now.

  2. The captions look great! I need to figure out how to do that, though I upload my photos via flickr, so it might not be possible.

    I haven't grown nasturtiums in years - how sad (and stupid!) ;)

  3. Thanks! Nasturtiums are so easy to grow, I like growing them because I don't have to think about them. In the ground, that is...containers are another matter.

  4. We have a similar drench and drought situation here. It's made it easer for me to decide what to pull up to make space for fall crops, though!

    Aren't the purple hyacinth flowers gorgeous? And so easy to save the seeds.

  5. Love the purple hyacinth bean plant!!

  6. Lucky you having blooms on your nasties! They're so brilliant.

    Hyacinth beans are edible, but need to boiled with the water poured off twice to get rid of a toxic substance in them. (Whenever I learn that about a plant, I figure they're best kept as ornamentals exclusively. :)

    Maybe next year I'll try nasties directly in the ground - too much watering needed in the container, and not much reward with only a few blooms way back in June.

  7. Your nasturtiums are great! Love these plants. Captions are very useful, aren't they? I am wondering how many things about editing our blogs we don't know yet? Happy September to you!

  8. You got a number of nice blooms though. Also, yours look a lot more red than mine. They really do look like the 'Spitfire' picture on the packet.


I borrowed this from another blog...

Comments to a blog are like chocolate to a woman...FEED ME!!!

Related Posts with Thumbnails