Are nasturtiums supposed to bloom profusely all spring, all summer and all fall? Do yours?
Mine never did before.
Nasturtiums are easy to grow from seed, and they look great in early summer until heat and humidity make them look ratty and sprawly, which is when the gardener takes them out and replaces them with something else.
They are cool weather annuals and they can be prone to aphids.
But this year, despite a very hot and very dry summer, the nasturtiums around the gravel garden have not missed a beat.
Here they are in summer, in 90 degree heat, even a few days at 100, and at the height of our almost totally rainless July.
And here they are on a cloudy day in August, never having slowed down at all.
And they are still fresh and vibrant in the third week of September, going strong at the foot of a shaggy, mop headed sourwood tree.
No aphids, few brown or curled leaves, and no let up in the flowering extravagance.
The orange ones are 'Gleam', and they trail and climb up the nearby inkberry hollies. Some of the flowers are apricot streaked with rust red, others are a solid hot orange. It's a great mix. I'd grow them again.
The yellow ones are 'Moonlight' and they also climb. I let one mound over on itself, and planted another to climb up a trellis by the side of the house.
All summer I snipped off a few of the peppery, tasty leaves for salads, but other than that they got no attention. Nasturtiums want no fertilizer, no care, and a lot of neglect, so I gave them all of that.
I am the best nasturtium grower in the world, I really am.
Next season they may disappoint, but this year they have made me look like a genius all season long.