Trial by (Spit)Fire

Trial by (Spit)Fire

I’m meditating on three cool garden things this Happy (albeit somewhat wet) Easter Sunday:

  1. How excited I am to actually start gardening again this season vs just talking about it
  2. How nasturtiums are my favorite flower of all time
  3. How amazing it is that social media has made it possible for gardeners to unite in ways never dreamed of before

I won’t dwell in Point 1 – there’s plenty info on my blog and Facebook page about that topic.

Point 2 – to prove it – I WILL bombard you with some nasturtium wonderfulness here:




Point 3 wraps them all into a neat bow as I am one of the garden/bloggers participating in the GROW project where many of us across the nation are planting the same seeds and reporting on the progress in our individual gardens.

I’m not home today to plant my seeds (The Yarden planting frenzy begins in earnest on April 16) but I have been giving it a lot of thought…

The Yarden Gate

The Yarden Gate

Renee’s Garden nasturtiums are no stranger to The Yarden. In fact, I grow Renee’s rambling nasturtiums each year in a very troublesome location – by the garden gate.

There is a small strip of dirt between the fence and the retaining wall. And it is DIRT, not soil, not loam, not hummus. It is plain, dry old dirt. Every garden season I throw a few leftover seeds back there to see what makes it (chard did ok last year – this year I’m also hoping for California Poppies) and generally ignore them for the rest of the season. The nasturtium planting, however, is intentional.

As you may know, they love bad soil. THRIVE in it. If they are planted in something more rich they get lots of leaves and none of the beautiful flowers. This spot is ideal.

So back to Point 3 – Nasturtiums are always welcome in The Yarden. And Renee’s are the best. I am so looking forward to reading about the other bloggers out there who are new to these wonderful flowers and/or learning from the cadre of experienced gardeners from whom I can educate myself even more about my favorite plant.

So, Spitfire, we’ll welcome you to The Yarden soon and I’m sure you’ll do just fine…

Spitfire Artwork from Renee's Garden Online Catalog

Spitfire Artwork from Renee’s Garden Online Catalog

“I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee’s Garden for the seeds.”


  1. Glad you brought up the soil thing with them too. I made sure they got really bad soil last year and I got a lot of flowers, which is what I was aiming for, and the foliage was kinda sedated, which was fine by me. I wanted flowers to photograph.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Providing bad soil is always kind of a struggle for me, because even cheapo potting soil usually has enough nutrients to encourage lots of leaves.

  3. Hmmm… that is a unique problem!

  4. Well, I have plenty of bad soil around here. The only question is which spot I should put nasturtiums in :-)

  5. Hmm, good to know! That helps me narrow down where to plant mine; I certainly have some patches of bad soil to choose from!

  6. Wow, you can actually narrow down a favorite flower? That’s awesome. I’m afraid I’m very promiscuous when it comes to flower love, LOL!

  7. Your yarden looks AMAZING! We’ve never grown nasturtium in the greenhouse because it just gets to unruly, I guess. Love it anyway :)

  8. Monica you are cracking me up! I do like other types of flowers but have a bug about only growing edible things… but I slip up here and there. I have some beautiful Iris (which I justify because I had read that people ate the rhizomes in times of famine), roses (edible hips!) and flowering vines which are mostly toxic so I have no excuse there. The nasturtiums win out because they are beautiful and totally edible and grow despite whatever a gardener can do to them.

    Keep me posted on your promiscuous flower garden!

  9. Glad I mentioned the bad dirt. Putting them in good soil can really be a downer. And they’re good at covering up ugly patches where nothing else will grow! They just need some sun… Thanks for the post!

  10. All the spots? :) I can never have enough. My husband thinks I should seek therapy because of it. Although, he’s warming up to the nasturtiums himself… thanks for the post!

  11. Thank you for the info about nasturtiums! I have been wanted to plant them AND have a horrible dry patch where nothing grows (ok, maybe carrots didn’t grow there so I gave up) – viola! a nasturtium patch! And my son loves the idea of eating flowers

  12. Good luck with your former dry patch and new flower bed! Send some pix of your son chowing on nasturtiums later in the season! That would be fun…

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