Monday, October 15, 2007

Nasturtium - 'Vesuvius'

I am currently doing a series of posts on flowers that I consider "Keepers" in my garden. Nasturtiums are one of my favorite annuals for growing in containers. This was my first year to grow this beauty, named 'Vesuvius".



The lovely salmon-pink flowers are surrounded by dark blue-green foliage that complements the flowers to perfection. (The varigated foliage you see to the right is another potted nasturtium, Alaska.) Vesuvius is an heirloom selection, included in Burpee's 1923 catalog. It grows to a height of about 12 inches.

Each year I like try new nasturtiums....but this will definitely be one that I grow again, for it's lovely combination of flower and foliage!




20 comments:

Yolanda Elizabet said...

I like growing nasturtiums in my kitchen garden and these ones are very pretty indeed, such a lovely colour!

Me said...

I always love salmon and apricot colors on plants and blossoms (but not on clothes and furniture and houses.) ;)

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Beautiful nasturtiums! And the fact that they are heirlooms is all the better, do you save the seed?

You asked about my nasturtiums, I don't know what variety they are.

Cat said...

Oh, my dear gardening friend, what delicious looking treats those "Nasties" are! The softness of the color speaks volumes, doesn't it?

Curtis said...

They are gorgeous. The color really pops against the foliage.

LisaBee said...

One of the prettiest varieties I've seen-- I'll keep an eye out for it.

My husband came home witha a six-pack of nasturtiums this summer-- and they turned out to be 6 different colors-- from yellow to peach to orange to red-orange. Which was kind of fun. I wonder if a variety of them will re-seed,

Marie said...

You have so many beautiful photos of flowers and butterflies on your blog! You are welcome on my blog, I have posted a lot of photos of the fall lately.

Green thumb said...

The nasturtiums look lovely! Your Garden Surprises post was very interesting too.

Beth said...

Hi Connie! I'm enjoying your series so far. Lovely flowers and photos, and helpful info.

Ki said...

The nasturtiums 'Vesuvius' is a beaut. What a wonderful orange contrasting the green leaves. I don't grow them because aphids love them too much. I also tried eating the flowers and young leaves in a salad but although much of what I've read say they taste like watercress, I find the taste too strong with a scent of milkweeds which makes me kind of nauseous.

Bev said...

Connie, you are giving me some wonderful ideas. Nasturtiums would be a great flower for containers and I am putting that on my list for next year. And oh!!!! that blue and orange combination!! I love larkspur and also delphs. I hope you post some more of your favorites because you have very tood taste.

jodi said...

It's been several years since we've had nasturtiums, and when I see photos like yours, I wonder why on earth we DON'T get them in--probably because I run out of time and energy for planting and you seldom see good nasturtiums available in transplants.
You asked about my helenium choices: I like Bruno and Moehreim Beauty the best because they are deep rich shades, but all of the heleniums are stars for us. Thanks for visiting, and I've added your URL to my blogroll!

Christa said...

Great color on those. There are so many beautiful kinds of nasturtiums, and I love that they are edible flowers. I must include some in my herb garden next year!

kris said...

What a wonderful color - very pretty. I have never grown nasturtiums - can you believe it?? I think I'll have to remedy that next spring.

I did a post today about my shredder (I'm really into the exciting stuff over there - lol!). I've never tried an electric one so can't give you any advice on that. I'll be interested to see what you end up with.

Andrea's Garden said...

I love nasturtiums, but mine were plagued by some kind of bugs and this year I didn't grow them. Looking at yours make me want to reconsider growing them again this coming spring. /Andrea

Meems said...

your photos are wonderful. we can't grow nasturtium in florida but they sure are pretty! i really liked the larkspur photo as well.

LostRoses said...

Wow, your "keepers" are gorgeous and surely deserving of the title! Vesuvius is one I'll be looking for. By the way, did I tell you the butterfly on the zinnia picture was genius? Great shot!

chelle said...

Nasturtiums, one of my very favorites. Ever.

MrBrownThumb said...

Very nice.

I've never grown this nasturtium before. Thanks for the heads up Connie.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I love nasturtiums but haven't seen 'Vesuvius' before. I'd say it's a keeper based on those gorgeous photos! I'll have to keep a lookout for them next year.