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Nasturtium Flowers

Updated on October 20, 2012

From the garden to the table.

If we take the word Nasturtium apart we have two Latin words which together mean "to twist the nose." Obviously the nose-twisting quality is that warm, tantalizing pungency which the entire plant possesses, and which it delights to yield.

Most of us can claim to have grown a nasturtium or two by about age six. Their large seeds make them a favorite "day-care project" because they germinate very quickly, in 10 to 14 days, presumably before budding young horticulturists lose interest. But familiarity shouldn't breed contempt. These annuals have handsome, shield-shaped leaves and bear unique, helmet shaped blossoms in hot, vivid, carnival colors.

Nasturtiums belong to the genus Tropaeolum (meaning "trophy"), which comprises about 85 species that are indigenous to the mountainous regions of Central and South America. Forms of our common garden nasturtium T. majus, a South American native found from Colombia to Bolivia - have been grown and selected in the Americas and Europe for more than 350 years. All of the plant (except the root) is edible, and there's no doubt our ancestors looked upon nasturtiums primarily as food: the common name giving a nod to the unrelated genus Nasturtium which we recognize as watercress that is also a garden-to-the-table kind of food.

I have nicknamed these beautiful, fragrant flowers, "Nastys." They still seem to bloom for me!

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Grow nasturtiums together with other annuals and tender perennials that bloom in the same color palette and that will tolerate the same lean growing conditions such as:

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3. CHOCOLATE COSMOS (cosmos atrosanguineus) ZONE 8

How to grow Nasturtiums - Grow them anywhere and everywhere.

Do you see the green beans? These "nastys" are growing at the end of a garden row. (I made sure that I didn't fertilize them.) See the beans, they seem to be loving them there.

I like to mix bee-loving flowers into my vegetable rows. This not only attracts bees to pollinate the vegetable blossoms, but also adds pleasing color to my garden.

When growing your nasturtiums in containers, remember to use soiless potting mix or just plain peat moss that's been well-moistened; the least hint of nitrogen will produce leaves like lily pads, but not a single flower. Nasturtiums manufacture all the food they require through photosynthesis, so lay off the 20-20-20, and simply savor the flavor.

If sowing outdoors in beds or containers, sow seeds one centimeter deep in a full-sun location, one week before your last frost date.

In beds and borders, sow seeds in nutrient-poor soil. If you have rich soil mix in sand and peat moss.

Harvest young leaves and flowers as soon as they're fully open.

Out of our gardens and ... - Into our kitchens.

Nasturtiums have always been featured in old-time kitchen gardens. Both flowers and leaves were salad-fare, and its round green seed pods were pickled in vingegar to use as a delicious substitute for capers.

So let us bring our nasturtiums out of their flower-garden banishment, and promote them into the ranks of the Kitchen Guard. They will work wonders for us.

I will reproduce for you, some of the recipes that I found interesting and taste yummy.

RECIPES - Use of nasturtiums for food

Have you ever tasted nasturtium seeds? They're nutty and peppery. (You can see some off to right in the picture above.) I knew that they could be pickled to make an English version of the continental caper but I'd never found a recipe when the seeds were green and perfect for pickling.

So I was delighted when Mary, a reader and friend of mine, sent me her recipe. She had already road tested it.

I sampled my first batch yesterday and wow they are good! (My Nastys are now starting to grow in the garden. The ones that reseeded themselves are much bigger than the ones I planted.) It won't be long now when I can just scoot down to the kitchen garden where trailing nasturtiums are romping across the borders. Find a handful of seeds and over the next couple of weeks collect a small bowl of them. If you do this check the seeds carefully before brining and reject any brown ones.

My small bowl of nasturtium seeds won't fill a pint jar so I'll search in the storage shed for dinky jars that seemed really too small to keep. Thank goodness I'm a hoarder.

Pickled Nasturtium seeds recipe

Pick the Nasturtium seeds when still green. Place in a wet brine made of 50g salt and 450ml /1 pint cold water. Leave for 24 hrs.

Drain the seeds and rinse really well, then pack into warmed (sterilised) jars and cover with boiling *spiced vinegar and seal with plastic lined metal lids.

Leave for 3 weeks to mature.

*For the spiced vinegar - I used 500ml of white wine vinegar plus 1 tsp of black peppercorns, a small piece of blade mace, 1 tsp of celery seeds, 1 clove of garlic crushed, 1 small dried red chilli pepper (crumbled), I bay leaf, I tsp of juniper berries, 1 tsp of salt. Brought to the boil and simmered gently for 10 minutes and then strained through muslin. (You can adapt this recipe to your own taste.)

How to pickle Nasturtium seeds

Just a few things different than my recipe. I noticed he left some of the stem on. I like them taken off right to the seed as I found the stem doesn't remain crispy. Try it both ways though, you might like the stems on and, it certainly would fill the jar quicker.

There is something so great about pickling your own nasturtium seeds. Why, of course, eating them in the winter or having a dinner guest tasting one for the first time because you just happened to put some in the summer salad.

I am wondering how many of my squidoo guests have ever tasted these wonderful pickles.

Have you ever tasted pickled nasturtium seeds?

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Edible Flower Recipe Book - Pick um, Smell um, Eat um

Guacamole-Stuffed Nasturtiums, Wild Rice-Sage Blossom Fritters, Pasta with Daylily Buds and Mushrooms - Flowers in the Kitchen shows how 25 delicious edible flowers can be used in butters, vinegars, and salads as well as in show-stopping appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Flowers in the Kitchen: A Bouquet of Tasty Recipes
Flowers in the Kitchen: A Bouquet of Tasty Recipes

I'd buy this not only for the delicious recipes, but also for the included comprehensive chart of 50 edible flowers and a charming garden plan.

 

Nasturtiums in my garden. - Photos compliments of www.willborden.com

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Salads

Have you ever decorated a salad with nasturtiums?

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Garden to Table Salad: - Spring Nasturtiums and Organic Arugula with Citrus Zest

Spice up salads this season with spring nasturtiums! The lovely flowers are easy to grow and have a slight peppery taste and spicy notes to them. They also contain Vitamin C. It is delightful to discover these common nasturtium flowers and leaves are edible so long as no pesticides are used. They're from the watercress family and add a similar tangy flavor to pasta salads, soup garnishes and both fruit and vegetable dishes.

The salad above is a combination of organic wild arugula, nasturtiums, carrots, clementines, sprouts, and a splash of citrus zest and olive oil with lemon pepper to taste.

These delicate yellow and orange flowers need to be washed and soaked before eating. Recipes include making a lovely vinegar, tangy butter or spread, or garnish. Next time I pick some I'll try stuffed nasturtium flowers, which may be a bit like stuffed squash blossoms but with more of a lemon pepper flavor.

Here's a tip:

You can use the nasturtium flower all summer long. Use the chopped leaves to make a zesty addition to mayonnaise or vinaigrettes. As the summer sun gets hotter though, so does the "pepper" in the nasturtiums and leaves. More sun and heat, the spicier the taste. So if you are looking for a milder tang, choose flowers from nasturtiums grown in shade or semi-shade.

This charming flower can be grown as a perennial in places without any frost. The flowers taste like watercress, the leaves taste peppery.

Carribean Cocktail Nasturtium 30 Seeds/Seed
Carribean Cocktail Nasturtium 30 Seeds/Seed

Forget the brash common orange colors and try this patchwork of soft shades. They've 'shaken and stirred' all the pastels, bicolors, pinks, strawberries and cream shades and raspberry shades in equal quantities and hey presto, Carribean Cocktail! Grows 8-12 inches high.

 
Nasturtium - 50 Seeds
Nasturtium - 50 Seeds

* Annual * Color: Orange / Red / Yellow * Bloom Time: Summer * Height: 18 -30" * Sun/Shade: Sun * Approx. Seeds/Lb.: n/a * Native To: South America * Zones: 3 - 10

 
Tall Single Blend Nasturtium Seeds - 3g
Tall Single Blend Nasturtium Seeds - 3g

This charming trailer will cover your fence or slope and capture your heart with its edible leaves and flowers.

Scarlet, gold, orange and yellow single flowers on vines 5-6' tall.

 
Nasturtium Alaska - 30 Seeds, 4 g - Tropaeolum
Nasturtium Alaska - 30 Seeds, 4 g - Tropaeolum

Compact plants with attractive variegated foliage. Flowers and tender young leaves add color and a peppery zip to salads. Colorful, edible nasturtiums tolerate poor soils and heat or cold. Big seeds are ideal for kids' gardens. 30 seeds per packet. Variegated foliage. Ht.12". Easy, Annual. Sun.

 
Nasturtium - 100 Seeds
Nasturtium - 100 Seeds

With 250 seeds .. Go ahead, plant the whole garden with these charming edible flowers. They will attract the bees and butterflies to pollenate your other edibles.

 

There are other uses for Nasturtiums besides to gaze at, smell or eat.

Nasturtiums positive qualities:

Glowing vitality, radiant warmth; living thinking.

Flower Essence Services Supplement Dropper, Nasturtium, 0.25 Ounce
Flower Essence Services Supplement Dropper, Nasturtium, 0.25 Ounce

Flower essences were developed to help individuals cope with emotional imbalances, stresses and traumatic experiences. The information presented here can help you choose a flower essence for yourself, your loved ones or pets. The description below shows the positive qualities the essence may evoke as well as the patterns of imbalance a person may be dealing with.

 
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Nasturtium Flowers received a Purple Star on August 22, 2011.

The Purple Star Program!

According to the Purple Star lens,

they are awarded to Lenses that are:

"Masterpiece lenses. Lenses making a name for themselves.

Lenses trying new things."

What an honor! Thank you!

Will has generously supplied all of the photos for this lens. If you haven't already taken in the plethora of beautiful photos and inspiring digital artwork of this artist, I encourage you to do so.

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Lens of the Day Award.

I am so proud of this lens. I do a lot of canning. Some homemakers call it preserves but I call it canning even though I use jars not cans. I have many canning books that call it "canning" also.

So canning/preserves .. this lens will show in detail how to save your garden produce and, set you on the road to tastier, less expensive and more nutritious food for the winter.

I was over the moon when this lens also became winner of the sought-after Purple Star.

A lens that I am very proud of.. - Awarded the Purple Star and Lens of the Day Awards

Can It!
Can It!

It seems like all of my life I have been canning. I remember when I was a very young girl of six helping mum to can/preserve raspberries. In those days most families didn't own a refrigerator, much less a freezer. Therefore it was necessary for us to preserve eatables if we wanted to store them to eat during the long winter months.

Here you will find simple ways of canning summer produce. Can It!

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Mumma on the alert!

Another winner of the Lens of the Day and Purple Star Awards

I know that you are going to love this one!

Our quail family started with a mumma and poppa quail and multiplied until now we have about 100 wild quail skitting around our property.

This lens is written by one of the newest of our quail family. Come have a peep. I'm sure you will find what he has to say entertaining.

Getting a Quail's-Eye-View of Things

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And yet another LotD and Purple Star Winner!

Thank you SquidTeam for this honor.

Created to answer the Hot Potato Challenge, this lens addresses developments in the world's largest forest and the dangers these present to animals and perhaps to the whole world.

I hope that you find this article interesting, educational and motivational. Canada's Boreal forest needs our protection.

There are very important decisions Canada and the world must make soon. Please read: Canada's Boreal Forest

Do you love Nasturtiums?

Where do you plant them?

Any growing tips?

All comments welcome.

A "Like" too, of course. ;)

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'm just doing up my nasturtium seeds for this year. WOW, what a crop!! I'll have lots to give away this year.

      Thank you for all the support you have been giving this lens.

      Laraine

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @suepogson: Very true! Nasturtiums flower best in poor soil.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you!!

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      danuta-vandenreijen 4 years ago

      I also love nasturtium...what else can you do, they look awesome and you can eat them too and they are healthy and keep my roses free from the ugly greenthingies :)) Don't give them to much 'food' but enough water and they will drink and thank you with a whole lot of beautiful flowers :) This year I have them on the outside of my windows (don't like geraniums :)) and they are growing and blooming like mad and they are so beatifull. Love your Lens. I am new to the world of squidoo but leses like this make me want ot read more :)) Have a beatifull day and a salad with Nasturtium :)

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Yes - I love nasturtiums. I grow them in the tropics and get far more leaf than flower - tasty of course but I'm trying them in the poorest quality soil I can find now as I think it's the richness of soil that reduces flowering. Am I right? Lovely lens. thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I stopped by to post this very pretty lens on FaceBook. - God Bless!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Melissa Miotke: Thanks for taking the time to visit this lens, comment and, of course, to add your blessing! I really do appreciate it.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      That salad sounds so good with the seeds and lemon. I really didn't know anything about Nasturtiums and certainly didn't know that you could eat the seeds. What a fascinating and beautiful flower. Blessed!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @tfsherman lm: Squidoo Comment Notification forThank you for visiting this lens and your comments. Much appreciated!

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      tfsherman lm 5 years ago

      There's something so cheerful and generous about nasturtiums. They're so brightly colored and you can eat them too! Put them in your vase and your salad bowl! I love nasturtiums -- and this is a pretty cheerful and generous lens too!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you for visiting this lens and leaving a blessing!

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      Find-Online 5 years ago

      Nasturtiums are great in the vegetable garden, planted here and there amidst the vegetables for color and they are also a natural insect repellant for some types of bugs that would bother the vegetable plants.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love nasturtiums but never knew where the name originated. Great lens!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Find-Online: Thank you for visiting. This year I'll be canning even more capers. My veggie plants love the nasturtiums for the bees they bring to their flowers.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: I have one small jar of capers left from last fall's harvest. Soon it will be time to pick this years seeds. I always leave a few to mature for next year's crop.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I love nasturtiums! I think they were the first flowers I ever grew from seed when I was a child and I still remember that feeling of "magic" as they sprouted and grew into such pretty and colourful plants :) I grow lots of my own plants and flowers now but I still have a soft spot for nasturtiums and have some cascading down the sides of a tall pot containing a small maple tree right outside the window of my conservatory. I've often used young nasturtium leaves in salads but now I'm intrigued by the thought of pickling the seeds too!!

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I love flowers! Next spring nasturtiums will be in my flower list for my garden!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow! another beautiful flower lens, I have added nasturtions to salads but did not know about pickling the seeds. We are never too old to learn new things. thanks again

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @RetroMom: Thank you!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @beaworkathomemom: We've just about finished the ones I canned last summer. Time for a new batch!

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      They're pretty. Great lens, very informative.

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. The pickled nasturtium seed looks interesting.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SquidooPower: I'm sure you will love the Pickled Nasturtium Seed. I'll be making up a bigger batch this year .. my family especially love this served with salmon but there are a lot of other ways you can use them.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done, colorful and informative page about nasturtiums.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      It's going on the list of things to try! I'll report back on my findings.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thank you, Brenda! There are a lot of little plants showing up in the garden right now. Many of them will have to be transplanted to other spots but they transplant well.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @HolisticGiftStores: Thank you for your visit, Zenya and your blessing this lens also!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @PeacefieldFarm LM: You'll love the pickles. I especially like them with a salmon pate'.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @maraga: Thank you, Maraga!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Ajeet: I'd be very interested to know what other name do you know these flowers by?

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @EnjoyLens: Thank you, truly!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LynetteBell: I'm so happy you visited!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @KayeSI: You'll love the flowers in salads and the seeds are REALLY good when pickled! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      HolisticGiftStores 5 years ago

      Gorgeous Lens! I enjoyed the images, and learned something new, about the use of this beautiful flowers! Blessings, Zenya

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      PeacefieldFarm LM 5 years ago

      I've grown nastutiums before and used them in salads, but I really didn't know what else to do with them. Thanks for the idea and recipe.

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      maraga 5 years ago

      i love your lens. great job

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      I have known these by another name.

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Well done

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Lovely flower and lovely lens

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      KayeSI 5 years ago

      What an interesting lens! My senior mom and I both love nasturtiums but have never tried eating them. Fascinating. I'll have to tell my mom to add this to her gardening activities. Thanks for a lovely visit.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you for visiting, commenting, pinning and blessing. I am not affected by scents but I have heard others who say they are allergic to them. Outside plants should be okay I imagine. They are so pretty, that it would be a shame not to be able to have them in your garden or flowerbeds.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @randomthings lm: I love Nasturtiums. Just to look at them makes me smile.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Another excellent lens! Pinned to two of my boards: How does your Garden Grow and Cooking and Foods. Beautiful lens, with lots of great information. Since they are strong scented, do you happen to know if they are hard on people with allergies? I expected that they would be like germaniums and avoided them for that reason. Anyway, this lens is definitely Angel Blessed.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      These flowers are so beautiful!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Sylvestermouse: They really are tasty! We had some the other evening with locks and bagles. Mmm .. nothing finer .. in Caroliner!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      They are such lovely little flowers, but I have to admit, I am rolling with laughter. In all my life, I had never heard of pickled nasturtium seeds. I guess it is true, we really can learn something new everyday.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @delia-delia: What a nice thing to do! Thank you.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @MartieG: I'm happy to be of some help. Thank you for visiting.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Came back to this lovely, lovely lens...I remember Blessing it in 2010 (that's the time I was having a problem with the blessing registering) and noticed the green thumb is not up...so will certainly fix that...a green thumb Blessing!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      How very interesting-always loved the colorful nasturtiums in the garden and now I've learmed new information-thank you.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you for your visit, Vallain. I appreciate you.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I've never tried to eat a nasturtium, but do admire their splash of color and hardiness. I need to plant some this summer. Thanks for reminding me of this great flower.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @senditondown: Ah, memories. I'm happy that it brought some nice ones for you.

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      Great lens that brings back wonderful memories of my Dad's gardens. He always had Nasturtiums growing with all the other beautiful things that he planted. Thank you for this colorful display.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Positively beautiful - thank you for sharing!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Wow! How did I miss all of your comments! I'm sorry! I will return your visits soon!

      Thank you!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Love your salad ideas. Blessed!

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      tylerabernethy22 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens! You are really doing a great job making your lenses!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy to be back and this time *bless* it!

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      aiclogcabins 5 years ago

      Fantastic pictures, nasturtiums are so bright and cheery

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I never tried growing nasturtiums, they are beautiful! Blessings**

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Nasturtiums are great and beautiful and I love growing them as well as adding them to my foods. Too bad the climate around here permits me to enjoy them for only a short period of time, usually in early spring. Great lens! :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      My favorite way is to use the leaves in sandwiches like lettuce. Or use the flowers in salad. Yum!

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      flipflopseason 5 years ago

      I love Nasturtiums but I have never eaten them. I must try that!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @miaponzo: Thank you very much for the return trip.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @cathywoodosborn: They bring bees in to pollinate those tiny tomato flowers.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Back for a blessing! GREAT Lens!

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      cathywoodosborn 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens! I think Nasturtiums are also a great companion plant to tomatoes.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LaraineRoses: Amazon doesn't seem to have them. You might try a local farmers market.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @VisFeminea: Thank you for visiting .. it's nice to meet you here. I have a hard time leaving them alone when they first appear but use my self control. Once they take off, there are no restrictions.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Well, come on over ... I've still got some small jars left over. Or, I'm not sure, but I think that you could probably buy them somewhere. I'll look to see if they can be purchased somewhere and add it to my lens.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @MelonyVaughan: A thin layer of frosting and real flowers is definitely the way to go!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Ilonagarden: Thank you for dropping by .. it is one of my favorites too!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Thrinsdream: I love them too. If you pick the leaves when they are not too mature, they are not extremely peppery. Sort of like watercress.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Rangoon House: Very good with as locks and bagel.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @hlkljgk: I agree! I've had many a pleasantly surprised guest say that they have never tried nasturtium flowers and/or leaves in a salad. They all seemed to enjoy them.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LizRobertson: I did preserve quite a few little jars of these last summer. They are delicious with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Yum!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @priscillab: They are easy to grow and need no care except watering. I highly recommend them.

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      VisFeminea 5 years ago

      I love the taste of Nasturtium so I plant them all over my garden and I can't withhold myself not eat any of the leaves or flowers, when I just past the garden, let alone if I work in the garden ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. So colorful! I've never had pickled Nasturtium seeds before. I'd love to try them.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      I had no idea these stunning flowers were edible! I decorate some of my cakes with prepared real flowers and not only do the cakes look beautiful, but they are also delicious!

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      This was a wonderful look at one of my favorite annuals.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      I use nasturtium in my salad a lot, very peppery and look great. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love the colour of nasturtiums in the garden and in a salad. Am yet to try the pickled seeds though.

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      i love growing nasturtiums - they're a pretty addition to a summer salad.

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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

      I never even noticed the seed pods!! I'll know to look now!

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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

      Great tips just in time for garden planning season! I've had these before in pots and had never thought of putting them in the garden to attract bees. Thank you!

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      priscillab 5 years ago

      What a pretty lens! These nasty's are so colorful and delicate. I have never grown them but sure would like to.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LouisaDembul: I love the rich colors. The orange in our comment box here reminds me of one of the colors of the nasturtiums. :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Einar A: You'll love them!.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Well, come on over. I still have 2 small jars left .. I'll make a salad and you can share it with me.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Nice, colorful lens! My children like growing nasturtium because you see the result so fast. I love them, they add such nice color to the garden.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      I am curious about the seeds now, too, and want to try them! The leaves and flowers I have eaten, and they do remind me very much of the watercress I find in some of the creeks, near here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nasturtiums are beautiful flowers. I want to try some pickled Nasturtiums seeds. :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Anahid LM: Thank you for your visit. I'm off to see your Nasturtiums lens now.

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      Anahid LM 5 years ago

      Hi Happy Valentine's day. Thank you for visiting my lenses. I have Nasturtiums lens too good job. Anna

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Steph Tietjen: Thank you for your visit. If you like a slight peppery taste you are bound to like the nasturtium leaves and seeds. Please return and let me know what you think of them.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Enjoyed this work very much. I love these flowers. Eating the seeds is new to me, I will try them this season! Thank you and congrats on your award for this.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @mary lighthouse15: Thank you, Mary. We are enjoying the pickled Nasturtium seeds in our salads now.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you my friendly angel.