My first nasturtiums of the season started blooming last week, the earliest I have had them in flower! This pot was sown and hung by the rafters in my greenhouse, where the seeds enjoyed the warmth and sprouted quite early. I soon had to move them to a cooler spot , as it got a little too toasty for them there. The pot is at home on my shabby rustic chair, one of my great yard sale finds for a mere $3.00! I originally had the chair inside my greenhouse, but since it has been parked outside it has kind of grown on me in it's new locale, so I will leave it there for now. The nice thing about this spot is that the greenhouse provides shade in the late afternoon, and I have found nasturtiums appreciate some shade, at least here in our sunny hot summers!
I always have several varieties and colors of nasturtiums growing in containers, which makes them easy to move about. They look nice grouped together and I love their old fashioned charm as they spill over the sides of the pots! The varieties I am growing this year include Alaska (love the varigated foliage on this one!) Tall Climbing Mix, Gleam, Whirlybird, Empress of India, Milkmaid, Moonlight, Vesuvius and Black Velvet. An extra bonus is the edible flowers, which add a colorful and spicy note to summer salads!