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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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roseambr
Sep. 2nd, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
What a pretty nasty. One of my favorite flowers of all times. While I was at the very painful family reunion this last weekend in Baker City area of Oregon I harvested some seeds of a Four O'clock. The flowers were a bright red with a fuscia center that gave that blueish florescent cast, much like the leaves of your nasty. Named for the fact that the flower petals remain curled up (looking a little like a hardy fuscia flower) until the sun is off of them around 4:00pm. Then they open up and shine in the evening light. A very beautiful sight. I'm going to be putting them into the ground here soon myself and seeing what I get in the spring.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Those sound lovely! I've been giving a lot of thought to how best to mix ornamentals and food plants next year. Seems like there should be plenty of opportunity for pretty flowers and shapely, textury landscape plants in among the beans and squashes. Four o'clocks sound like a great addition to the plan.
roseambr
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
You are welcome to some of my harvested seeds. I'll save you some.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
That would be great! I've been saving up toilet paper tubes to make little seedling planters out of (you cut them in half and mass them on a cookie sheet with a heating pad under it and maybe a plastic tent over it. Fill 'em all with potting soil, plant your seeds, and then you can just pop them into the ground whole when the seeds come up.
decemberleaf
Sep. 4th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
GOT to try it this coming year. That is such a great idea.

emeraldsedai
Sep. 4th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I hope you'll report! I've read about this but haven't tried it yet. It seems like a simple, sustainable idea and a great use for those tubes.

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