Sometimes everything is grand and the garden grows so well that the gardener efforts are minimal but other times the garden seems to want to thwart the will of the gardener. The latter case is true at least so far for my nasturtiums. When I last mentioned our rising protagonists they were planted surrounding the garden obelisk near my side entry arbor. As the week wore on the little Spitfire nasturtiums succumbed to the rigors of life in the garden and faded away. That happens sometimes, it's just life in the garden. Stuff grows, stuff dies, stuff grows again, and you guessed it...
After the first set of nasturtiums resigned themselves to the afterlife I planted new seeds directly in the garden. The odds favor these nasturtiums because they have not had to acclimate to the outdoors. Sometimes the process of hardening off can be rough on a new seedling and direct sown seeds don't have that disadvantage. Beneath the obelisk I planted four seeds - one of which is on its way to becoming a strong and healthy addition near the self-sowing garden. Hopefully the others will be up shortly.
Another seed is coming up next to a Japanese maple while one pot of nasturtiums hasn't shown any growth yet but it's still early. With any luck this second batch of nasturtiums will thrive. Only time will tell!
I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds.
Labels: flowers, GROW Project, seeds and seed starting