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Late bloomer

A fleeting moment of Pacific Northwest summer this year was surrounded on the mid-June and mid-August sides by cool, cloudy, rainy days, and now it seems that fall is here. It was 57 degrees in my bedroom when I woke up this morning. Already time to start closing the windows.

From four seeds that a friend of my mother's brought from New Zealand a couple of months ago, a single heirloom nasturtium has managed to bloom at last.



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emeraldsedai
Sep. 2nd, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
The leaves and flowers of nasties are both edible--and both are quite pretty in a salad.

In this case, since I have just the single blossom, I'm going to watch it carefully for seed formation, then preserve that little puppy for next year. In a couple of years, I might with luck be able to share this particularly beautiful old-fashioned dark orange nasturtium with fellow gardeners. I'm especially partial to the bluish cast of the leaves.
decemberleaf
Sep. 2nd, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
I'm remembering stories of pioneer women traveling westward and keeping seeds safe by sewing them into the hems of their aprons.

emeraldsedai
Sep. 2nd, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
What a wonderful image.

Of course, lack of laundry facilities then becomes kind of a plus!

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