Sunday, September 05, 2010

September: Nasties on the rebound

After an August with a little more water and a little less blistering heat and sun, the Spitfire nasturtiums are doing fairly well. The flowers are still more like occasional jewels than a full flush of color, but as I said last month, I'm thinking more of the foliage at this point.

The nasturtium in the planter has been in mostly shade for a couple of months. It's alive but small and the leaves are small. It does bloom sometimes but today it's shy. I think I'll put it back in the sun soon.

The nasty on the alley fence looks kind of silly and half-dead where I draped the vine up over the fencepost, but the vines on the ground make such a pretty groundcover! Well, okay, it looks leggy and scraggly in the picture, but from a short distance it actually looks pretty nice.

The nasties by the house still look best. They've pretty much filled in the area around the asters and spirea and make a cute groundcover. They're in full sun but the surrounding plants shade the roots, and that seems to help. Plus, they get watered most days because they're next to the veggie garden.

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