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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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2. 'YELLOW FLAME' GAZANIA (Gazania 'Yellow Flame' Big Kiss Series) ANNUAL

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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Many thanks to the SquidTeam ..

you made my day!

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.

View Will's work at:

Will Borden.com

New art is being added daily.

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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!

Mumma on the alert!
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

Cougar
Cougar

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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      Delia 7 years ago

      this is a lovely lens and so well written and imaged...5*...and a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

      Nasturtiums are one of my favorite flowers, great to eat as well.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @delia-delia: Thank you Delia. I had a great time doing this lens.

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      Lynne Schroeder 7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      What a delightful, colourful, summery lens. Your garden must be a riot of colour.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      I had no idea that Nasturtiums were edible! And to tell the truth, I had forgotten how pretty they are. Today I will get some seeds. Granddaughter and I plan to garden a bit after school. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your Nastys are so beautiful and so is this whole lens. I love it!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you one and all! One of my favorite flowers!

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I never realized that I was treating my nastys too good. I was always amazed at the lovely leaves. I harvested some seeds last year and planted them this spring. Luckily, they are going in horrible soil. Maybe they will bloom better. I bought some seeds today to plant with my tomato plants to keep them company and deter pests. Will find the worse dirt I can.

      Lensrolling to my garden articles and my Tomato Planting Tips.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Mickie, I am sure your nasturtiums will thank you with a riot of color and scent!

      Best wishes.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      I knew that nasturtiums were edible but I've never tried them. Might just remedy that after reading your lovely lens. I haven't even thought of growing them in a long time so I'll have to do something about that too. Thanks for the lovely colorful lens.

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely pictures. wonderfully constructed and well presented lens.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This is a beautiful lens. I like your style! I went back to my Senior Squid "Favorite Plant.." lens. You need one there. (Please,please) Can I put this one on it? If you want another plant lens there instead, let me know.

      ps I added your winter lens to the other we talked about, so long ago, and I noticed weeks later I did not save and Publish. aargh. It appears now. sv

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I love the nasturtium. They are simple to grow and they're pretty. I planted a bunch of them between my tomato plants.

      Lensrolled to Plant a Rainbow of Flowers

      Lizzy

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love nasturtiums! Yes, I grew them as a child. And now I've figured out they grow well in certain parts of my yard (the sunny parts of course) so I'll be planting seeds again this week I hope. Hope I get some flowers as pretty as the pictures here!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you, friends, for the visit, most welcome comments and, of course, the stars.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful and informative lens! Love your photos.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have never seen a lens that was such a blaze of colour. Thank you.

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      How good is this! I remember looking at natsurtiums as a kid for the caterpillars they sometimes attracted. Lovely plants a great garden addition, good for hanging baskets too!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thanks everyone for your comments. I really enjoyed creating this lens. I love the scent and the colorful display nasturtiums give my garden and flower beds. The hummingbirds love them too.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      This is a fantastic well written lens with incredible photos. Well done!

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      Nan 6 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely!

      I knew the flowers were edible but had never considered the seed pods as substitutes for capers.

      Added to "Another 100 Lenses for my 200th Lens"

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      What a gorgeous lens! I wondered why the nasturtiums we planted in containers are flowering well while the ones we have in the flower bed are romping away but with very few flowers. We're obviously feeding them too well!

      Blessed by a Squid angel :-)

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Well, I decided to do something different with my nasturtiums this year. Since they attract bees and other insects I've added them to the end of the rows in my vegetable garden. They certainly are gorgeous again this year. I have to stop myself from picking too many if I want to make capers.

      Thank you for posting your comments, I enjoy reading them. Thanks too for the stars and blessings. Cheers!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Love your photos Nasturtiums are very pretty and love the colors. My dad always plants them in flower beds and baskets. They always look so cheery. Have a wonderful Fall Season! :)

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @WindyWintersHubs: Thanks WindyWinters. I just picked a bunch of nasties this afternoon. We had a frost last week but my flower beds didn't get it. Now, the weather is warm again and we're having a bloomin' good time. I'm coming to visit soon.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love them. Have tasted them before. Interesting taste.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you, my friends, I'm still tied up looking after a very ill family member, so I haven't been visiting my Squidoo friends lenses as I usually do. I appreciate your friendly comments and thumbs up. (The favorites and blessings also, of course.)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A beautiful Lens, so colorful, great work!

      I love Nasturtiums, but they do tend to get blackfly badly, which I find hard to treat!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: I have rarely seen anything on my Nasturtiums. It sounds to me like it may be the very tiny spider mite destroyer larva. It is dark gray to brownish and covered with numerous fine hairs. Pupae are oblong or oval and covered with short spines. Depending on maturity, pupae vary in color from black to brown, gray, or reddish.

      If it is this insect .. the adults and larvae each consume about one-half dozen mites per day. Females typically live one to three months, during which they lay about 100 to 200 eggs. I wouldn't kill them .. but I wouldn't eat them either. Ha Ha

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      They are tiny jewels in a garden. Colorful and pretty

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      You've given us a wonderful idea for planting in our very poor soil this year.

      No matter what we do to our soil, nothing thrives here. We will try

      nasturtiums and see what develops. LOVED the lens.

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      I have had a hard time getting them to grow but I love the reminder to get some seeds started for this summer. I love the colors and the leaf shape so I will try again! Adding to my favorites.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @lollyj lm: Believe me, unless it is rock solid soil, your nastys will do great. Thank you for the visit.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @mariaamoroso: I agree Irenemaria, if they didn't blossom for me, I would be sorely disappointed.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Barb McCoy: Harmony, mine usually produce enough seeds that they come up on their own the next year. When my hubby rototills the garden some of the plants come up other places than where I want them. They are easily transplanted though, so no problem. In fact the more the merrier.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      What a pretty and cheerful lens! These certainly are lovely flowers.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @jolou: Thank you Joanne. I think every garden should have them. Very nice in flower pots too.

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      beautiful lens...can't wait for spring!...oh wait, it's already here...guess I'm just impatient where the flowers are concerned then... :o)

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      Sunflower Susan 6 years ago

      I had never seen them until I was an adult and decided to grow them myself. I love them, and so pretty as an edible as well. I really like this pretty lens!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Tarra99: Spring isn't really here yet. My daffs are blooming and the tulips are starting to head up nicely but the temperature dropped about 10 degrees and we had rain and a cold wind today. Brrr I'm not complaining too loud though at least we don't get tornadoes like southern states. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Sunflower Susan: Thanks for your comments, Susan. Yes, the flower does look nice in a green salad. I'll drop by to read some of your lenses soon.

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      stefanruse 6 years ago

      Amazing lens and many beautiful flowers. Colorful life means better life. Thank you.

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      caffimages 6 years ago

      I've grown nasturtiums for years but the information you've shared on here is interesting, the recipes are new to me. Great lens! Nasturtiums are prone to attack by cabbage white butterfly larvae so they can also be used to tempt the butterflies away from your brassicas.

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi : I have Nasturtium lens too, great job beautiful all the best. Anna

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      My granddaughter planted some yellow canary nasturtiums for me this year - I am looking forward to their flowers.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @stefanruse: Thanks for dropping by, Stefan. I always enjoy your comments.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @caffimages: I've been learning a lot about insects lately. When I'm gardening, I now leave most of them alone to live. Must not disturb nature's balance.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @GramaBarb: There is nothing like them for scent and color. I just know you will enjoy them. You must have a lovely granddaughter!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Anahid LM: I enjoyed your lens. I think there could be 100 lenses of Nasturtium flowers and not one alike. Thank you for visiting my lens and leaving a comment.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I have had nasturtium growing in my garden since summer. Now in NZ, beginning of July, I can tell by them when we have the first frost, because they are the first to get frostbite.

      Winter must be just around the corner, but so far no frosts, they are still growing.

      Thanks for a very nice lens.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens, especially the receipes!!! Thank you!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you for the visit and comment. I can't imagine that winter is just around the corner. It is hot as blazes here right now!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @ellagis: I'll try to add more recipes as I try them out. They're putting on buds now .. soon we'll have flowers galore!

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      djroll 6 years ago

      Great lens from which I learned things I never knew. Enjoyed your lovely pictures too. Thank you for all the support you give my lenses.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      My mom always grew nasturtiums when we were kids. We would start them in egg shells and plant them in the garden. Our next-door neighbor has a whole field of them growing wild in his backyard. They're so beautiful and they taste good too. I've had them in salads at one of my favorite restaurants where they grow all of their own herbs and flowers. Delightful lens!

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      Andrew Douse 6 years ago

      Wow! Pickled nasturtium seeds. I will give this a try, if the cabbage white caterpillars don't eat all my nasturiums before i get the chance....

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      EcoPottiJo 6 years ago

      Wonderfully colourful lens both in terms of the lovely pics and the way in which its set out. As a child we'd call Nasturtiums . 'granny pop out of bed' flowers as we would pop off the heads of the flowers! They are a real reminder of my childhood. x

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @djroll: Thank you. I'll be by again soon.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @KimGiancaterino: That's a good idea, Kim. Kids love gardening and the eggshells would hold the seeds until they grew a bit and also provide a bit of nourishment for the plant. Not very many restaurants will take the time to use edible flowers - you're fortunate to have found one that does. Thank you for the visit and nice comment.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Andrew Douse: Just a suggestion: It's best not to plant your nasturtiums near cabbage or broccoli. They have very tender leaves and may get holes in the leaves. Once the plant gets established it is seldom bothered by anything and once the flowers set the seeds will be there long after the caterpillars turn into white butterflies. Then, my friend you'll have lots of seeds to pickle. I hope this helps and thanks for dropping by.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @EcoPottiJo: Thank you EcoPottiJo. I've never heard them called that. We used to do that to the dandilions. Mum would have skinned us if we had done that to her flowers. That's kids for you though .. just having fun! I enjoyed your comment...I'll come for a visit soon.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My Mom used to grow nasturtiums but I haven't seen them now for years...thanks for the sweet memories and how wonderfully you've developed this into other uses. What a beautiful salad and those pickled seeds sound inviting.

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

      @anonymous: Hi Tipi, Thanks for the visit, I appreciate it. The nastys are blooming like crazy so I know that I'll be able to can a few more jars of their peppery little seeds soon. I'm off to see what you're up to now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Nasturtiums, first flowers I had blooming in my little garden as a child, another beautiful Lens!

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

      @anonymous: Thank you, Shirley. I love Nasturtiums too. Mine are blooming their little hearts out. A number of hummingbirds are humming around them daily now and their perfume fills the air. Love 'em!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Nasturtiums have always been one of my favorite flowers. I started growing them when I was just a child - so easy to grow, beautiful and edible, too! Lovely photos and a great lens!

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

      @PNWtravels: I love nasturtiums too. Quite a few have replanted themselves in my flower beds and garden from last years seeds. I was able to transplant them successfully. I'll have lots of seeds for canning this year. Thank you for the visit, Vicki. I'm coming now to see what you've written lately.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm in hurry to come back here again to say.. Congratulations on your another purple star :) You're very very well deserved it. I love this wonderful lens about Nasturtium flowers and re tweeted here again. So happy and proud to know greatly lovely lady such as you.. dearest Laraine Rose. Have a wonderful time.. always :D

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your Nasturtiums receiving a Purple Star from Squidoo!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star! This is a beautifully done lens. I love nasturtiums, my grandma always grew them. She had an old-fashioned garden with bleeding hearts, four-o'clocks, dutchman's breeches, touch-me-nots and all of those flowers we don't see so much anymore.

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

      @anonymous: Thank you for tweeting this lens all your support raphaelo.

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

      @Ruthi: Thank you, Ruthi. I'm stopping by to have a look at your lenses now.

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

      @anonymous: Gramma loved flowers too, passed that love on to my mum and she passed that love on to me. Sounds like you have similar surroundings. Lovely!

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      jessicahoward 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens.... I like your way of representation much you, little bit away from other lens!..... Wonderfully colourful lens both in terms of the lovely pics and the way in which its set out.....I never realize that I was treating my nastyâs too good.Thank you for sharing such a nice lens.......:)

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      Davidfstillwagon 5 years ago

      Terrific lens, I love the pictures and how you put everything together!

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

      @jessicahoward: Thank you for the compliments for my lens. I'll be to see you some time soon, in the meantime plant your nastys in poorer soil.

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

      @Davidfstillwagon: Thank you David. Im off to see some of your lenses now.

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      Runnn 5 years ago

      Beautiful flower in a awesome lens. Well done.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I didn't know that "nastys" were edible.

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

      @Runnn: Thank you so very much. I'll be by to see your lenses soon.

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

      @Ram Ramakrishnan: Usually nastys are used in salads. They taste like watercress .. sort of peppery. Love the look and taste. See you soon.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      What a wonderful lens. I love Nasturtiums and decided the other day that I needed to get some for my new home. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      pangaloon 5 years ago

      Nasturtiums are one of my favourite additions to a summer salad, my daughters love to pick and arrange them in a salad bowl. I have never managed to successfully

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

      @Franksterk: You won't be sorry. They are a great addition to any garden, flower pot or flower bed. Thank you very much for the blessing!

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

      @pangaloon: Your daughters have good taste - sorry just couldn't help the pun. The nasty flowers do look nice and the leaves add a flavorful peppery taste. Thank you for visiting my lens. I'll return the favor soon.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      This is such an excellent lens. I can see why it was awarded the Purple Star. Truly lovely and educational. Congrats!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What's not to love about this versatile, easy-to-grow, gorgeous plant? I love it in salads and delight in it wherever I see it growing. Here in San Francisco, it thrives year round. It is always a delight to walk through Golden Gate Park on Christmas day and see banks of nasturtiums showing their bright orange and yellow faces to the world.

      Thanks for the seed-pickle recipes. That's a new one for me, and I love learning something new. Well-deserved purple star!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Lovely nasturtiums look great on salads but I have never added these. I heard it has a peppery tase. Anyway, I am unable to grow them right now for some reason. It used to fill up my flowerbed. Congrats on your Purple Star.

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

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you RenaissanceWoman, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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

      @ecogranny: Thank you Graceonline for your interesting comment. I would love to have a photograph of the nasturtiums in the snow.

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

      @jlshernandez: Thank you bakerwoman. Too bad you are unable to grow these delectible flowers. Perhaps you have added too much fertilizer to the flowerbed and the soil is to rich. I appreaciate you coming to visit me here. I'll come to see you soon.

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      WorkitSmart 5 years ago

      I LOVE Nasturtiums.. One of my favs. Another one is the vinca, and I love how they come back each year (at least in TX)

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      WorkitSmart 5 years ago

      @jlshernandez: oh yeah! I forgot how you can eat them too. :)

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

      @WorkitSmart: Thank you for the visit. The nasturtiums come usually come back from the seeds they drop in the autumn. I didn't have to plant any this year. They are in my garden in abundance.

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      HorseAndPony LM 5 years ago

      I loved reading about Nasturtiums. What a beautiful lens. Thanks for sharing.

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

      @HorseAndPony LM: Thanks for reading and commenting on my lens. I appreciate it.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is an excellent resource on Nasturtiums, great photos and information. Blessed by a passing angel.

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

      @TonyPayne: Thank you Tony. I appreciate the support.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Another gorgeous lens. Congrats on the purple star.

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      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

      I used to grow nasturtiums next to the woods at my previous home. I always wanted to use them in salads, but never got around to it. I need to do that again. I love the layout of your lenses. They have nice blocks of color, making it easier on the eyes.

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

      @Sunflower Susan: Your avatar is my favorite color. Sunny, sunflower Susan than you for visiting me here.

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

      @MariaMontgomery: Thank you Maria.

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

      @WorkitSmart: They are particularly good in salads.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I call them "Nastys" too! They are one of my favourite flowers, and have been since childhood.

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      Steve and Annette 5 years ago

      I love nasturtiums - you have to appreciate a plant that thrives in poor soul! Great lens.

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

      @Snakesmum: They are sweet! Thank you for the visit. I'll be visiting you soon.

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

      @BuildABetterMouse: So true and the fact is, in good soil they don't bloom. I had an area in my garden that needed something and so I put a few seeds there. Guess what! No flowers on the nasturtium plants growing there. A lot of nice tasty leaves though. Now when the gardening season is almost over I notice a few blossoms.

      Thank you for visiting my lens. I will visit you soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely presentation! Another new introduction from the world of Squidoo! :)

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

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting and kind comment.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Hey there ... count me in as a fan ... of nasturtiums and you too my dear. Say! Never thought about pickled nasturtium seeds until just now ... what's the nutritional value?

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

      @julieannbrady: This herb's fresh leaves contain vitamin C and iron and an antiseptic substance which is at its peak before the plant flowers. The seeds, if eaten raw (which I've not done) would have the same nutritional value. The pickles are used more as an enhancement than for nutritional value.

      Thanks for asking this question .. I'll note it in the lens.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely pictures and great information about nasturtiums. wonderful presentation. ~blessed~

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

      @sukkran trichy: Thank you for the comment and blessing. I'll be pickling the seeds this week. Frost coming soon.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, awesome and inspirational photos! Thanks for sharing.

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

      @dellgirl: Thank you so much, dellgirl.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      A wonderful lense.

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

      @Ben Reed: Thank you, kindly. I'm coming to visit your lenses now.

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      shiwak224 5 years ago

      Rreally good lens :)

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! These flowers are so pretty. One of my favorites!

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      never thought about it to eat them - will give it a try next year

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

      @shiwak224: Thank you. I'll be to visit your lenses soon.

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

      @Annamadagan: I love them too. They make me feel happy.

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

      @EMangl: We still have them in the garden. We had them covered when our first frost came and now it has turned warmer again so we get to enjoy the flowers there for a bit longer. I made capers the other day .. I'm going to have to put a picture of them here so that you can see them.

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      A great Lens with very pleasing photographs and so much to know about. Great share.

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      Love flowers. we grow geraniums and some succulent at home. hope to make a lens about it one day

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      My grandma used to grow these flowers, but I think she called them "capuccini" (or is it a different flower? :)

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I love this lens, you have great pictures and presentation

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

      @vkumar05: Thank you for visiting this lens and your comments. I have enjoyed reading some of your lenses lately and will return.

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

      @wolfie10: I'd love to read it. I'll be watching for it. Thank you for the visit.

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

      @SilmarwenLinwelin: The Capuchin flower is more like a trumpet plant. I have a Capuchin plant growing near our water garden and we don't live in Costa Rica but I believe it is a native plant of Costa Rica. The nasturtium is more of a ground plant but you can get a variety that climbs.

      Thank you for your enquiry it gave me a chance to do a bit of research.

      I'll be visiting you soon.

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

      @Michey LM: Thank you Mickey. It was fun putting it together. I'm off now to see what you've been doing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I actually didn't plant them they came up like weeds but my family just love them in salads and I get to supply them with the pickled seeds and the leaves, we are all big fans and I love this lens

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

      @anonymous: We just pulled the garden apart - getting ready for the winter. I noticed a lot of seeds were still lying around. My husband roto-tilled them in so .. we'll probably have them coming up all over the garden next summer too. I don't mind. Some I transplant (they transplant easily) and others I'll make into rows. Thanks for your comments.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful, colorful and flowery lens, I love the layout and the images of nasturtium in this lens.

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

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for visiting me here. I appreciate your support.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 5 years ago

      love your lens, love flowers!

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

      @hughgrissettsr lm: Thank you Hugh for the visit and taking the time to comment.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      My parent have always had beautiful gardens! Here in Kuwait we only have a very short growing time (it's way too hot here).. so I would love to have some.. but boo hoo. Blessed!

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

      @miaponzo: I am wondering if planter pots in the shade would grow nasturtium .. or hanging baskets filled with moss. Too bad they can't be grown there. Thank you for the blessing .. I'll back to visit your lenses soon.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i had this plant in my garden and i was told that the flowers are edible. i did not try it though. it was yellow-orange in color.

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

      @goo2eyes lm: Unless you know that it is Nasturtium it is not a good idea to eat a plant. There are more unedible plants in the wild than edible ones. There is a way to "taste" something unfamiliar but I will have to write about that in another lens. Thank you for your comment and thumbs up.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      My dear, I've returned for a visit and a thought, for if a flower I was to be, it would be a Nasturtium ... naturally! ;)

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

      I adore nasturtiums.I planted some a summer ago, enjoyed them all summer and said good-bye in the fall. To my surprise, they reseeded themselves and came back late this summer. What a nice surprise. Everything else in my flower garden was waning, but I had this lovely POP of color with the nasturtiums crawling over the fading foliage of my other shrubs. I like the vining type, but love all of types for throwing into salads. I've got to try the pickled seeds. I'm saving this lens to my bookmarks to try making pickles. Thanks for a great lens, and for the blessing on my lens.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I like the idea of planting this flower in my veggie garden. Didn't know you could also use this plant in salads. Good info, thanks.

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

      @julieannbrady: And we would have to change it's name to Sweet Julie! ;)

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

      @Diane Cass: I enjoyed your comment. That is another wonderful thing about nasturtiums .. they reseed themselves. After the plants have produced seeds and before the frost comes I make sure that I have plenty for the next year. I pull the plants up by the roots and shake them over the area I want seeded the next year. When my husband rototills the garden they are turned into the soil and, VOILA, a good crop in the spring.

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

      @favored: I find that it and lavender are the best attraction for bees. Good for the garden pollination and good for the bees. Win, win.

      Thanks for the visit. I'll return to visit you again soon.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I love nasturtiums. I eat the leaves whenever I start getting a scratchy throat since they are full of vitamin C. I've never eaten the seeds. I'll have to try the recipe!

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

      @Gayle Dowell: Thank you for your visit. Good idea! Far better for you than lettuce salad or a lot of other greens although I do believe in a healthy balance. Thank you for your visit.

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      My favorite garden plant. I don't eat her, I just admire her when - in Autumn - she's taking over the garden.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I love your lens. Pictures are AMAZING and beautiful.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Beautiful lens and the photos are gorgeous!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Oh wow... What gorgeous photos on this wonderful lens! A day brightener if ever there was one! Beautiful! :) Kath

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

      @Titia: Too lovely to eat? They are good though and make a salad look really nice too. I'm coming to visit you very soon.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      I love them.. I forgot to plant them this past summer so this is a great reminder to plant some this coming season. THUMBS UP ANGEL BLESSED

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      No, I can't stand them. When I lived in Bondi just about everyone had them somewhere around their houses. Haven't seen them since and now I live in the Southern Highlands, which is a gardener's paradise, people have much better things growing. Great lens though and featured on Cooking Utensils, Ideas, Recipes and Accessories. Hugs

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

      @fullofshoes: Thank you. My husband gets credit for the pictures. I now have a camera but I know that I'll have to take a lot of courses to get as good as Will. I'll let him know that you appreciate his photos.

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

      @Mary Crowther: Thank you Maree. I'm coming to visit some of your lenses soon.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      What a shower of color and I can almost smell them...wonderful tips and info, Blessed for such a lovely lens.

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

      @writerkath: Thank you, Kath. It was fun making this lens .. it did brighten my day.

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

      @kathysart: I love all flowers but I am especially fond of having these in my garden. The bees love them too which makes for a better harvest of vegetables.

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

      @norma-holt: No, no, no. You can't mean that. Well, maybe. I guess there are some flowers that I might not like too. Thank you for for featuring it on your Cooking lens I'll pop by to see it.

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

      @Close2Art LM: Thank you for the blessing, my friend. I'll be by to visit you soon.

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      I don't have any tips on growing Nasturtiums but I do love this flower. I usually grow them in the garden along with marigolds. Very lovely lens.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I love this Lens, wish I had a garden; I live in an apartment house, maybe next year I'll try to find a plot at a community garden. Thanks, wonderful job on the Lens; it's visually appealing, as well as informative.

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

      @lilymom24: Nasturtiums bring the pollinators .. hopefully good bugs. Marigolds repel bad bugs .. hopefully. You should have a productive garden. Thank you for visiting us here.

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

      @Deadicated LM: I hope your dream will come true. There are more and more community gardens around now. We have one in our community. Thank you for your visit.

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

      @TopMovieOST: Thank you and thank you for your visit.

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 5 years ago

      I would like to bless your lens too! How can i get my name blessing for you here? Please check my lenses out to see if i have any purple stars hiding in there. Do you have any purple flowers that are edible? Thanks!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens.thanks for posting! thumbs up!

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      southridgefarmsinc 5 years ago

      Great lens!!!!!!!

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

      @SAMEPRINCESS10: I can think of a couple of edible purple flowers. Lavender and chives. I'm sure there are a lot more. I'm coming to visit your lenses now.

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

      @myamya: Thank you for visiting. I'll be seeing you soon.

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

      @southridgefarmsinc: Thank you for the visit. I'm coming for a visit now. Love your avatar.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I plant nasturtiums in my squash patch in my veggie garden. I love the way they look, but although I knew they could be eaten, I've never tried them. Thanks for the tip about how the ones in the shadier areas tend to be less pungent.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Interesting lens

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Yet another spectacular lens by LaraineRose! I love the colors in this one. Blessed!

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

      @flicker lm: It helps too if they get lots of water if you're planning on eating the leaves.

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

      @SayGuddaycom: Thank you for your visit. I'll be coming by to see you again soon.

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

      @tvyps: Awe, thanks. I really appreciate you visiting and leaving a blessing.

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      davidangel 5 years ago

      I love your photos, flowers are Gods way of smiling at you :)

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      beautiful flowers! thumbs up

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Lots of interesting info about Nasturtium Flowers. Your garden Nasturtiums are lovely. Love the arrangement in the glass bowl. In some of the pictures, they remind me of wildflowers. Delightful photos!

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

      @davidangel: Thank you. I appreciate your visit.

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

      @sheezie77: Thank you. It was a fun lens to do. I love flowers.

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

      @BeyondRoses: Some of them are wildflowers in my garden. If they are not in the way I let them grow. I tell my husband that they are a bonus so please don't pull them.The dish has a frog in it to hold the flowers upright. Hmmm, should write a lens about that.

      Thank you for reading this lens. Happy to see you here.

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      megabu717 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, which reminds me about my old garden where we had Nasturtiums.

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

      @megabu717: I'm so happy that this lens brought back some fond memories to you. Please come again!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very nice lens...at least i can understand how good i have to be to write a great lens like this

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

      @anonymous: Thank you. But you'll make it in no time it just takes practice and you have a good start.

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      Nice pictures. Great lens.

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

      @leeleon: Thank you kindly for visiting this lens and giving it a thumbs up. Nice of you!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i came back to give this lens some squid angel *blessings*.

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      I love the flowers and Im amazed how they can be used in many ways. Great lens!

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

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you my friendly angel.

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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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      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.

      @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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      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.

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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.

      @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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      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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      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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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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.

      @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.

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

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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.

      @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.

      @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.

      @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.

      @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.

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

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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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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Back for a blessing! GREAT Lens!

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

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

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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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      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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      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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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

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

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      aiclogcabins 5 years ago

      Fantastic pictures, nasturtiums are so bright and cheery

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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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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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Love your salad ideas. Blessed!

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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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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Positively beautiful - thank you for sharing!

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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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      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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      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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      These flowers are so beautiful!

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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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      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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      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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      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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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Lovely flower and lovely lens

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Well done

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      I have known these by another name.

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      maraga 5 years ago

      i love your lens. great job

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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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      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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      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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      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.

      @EnjoyLens: Thank you, truly!

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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.

      @maraga: Thank you, Maraga!

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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.

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

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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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      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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      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.

      @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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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. The pickled nasturtium seed looks interesting.

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      They're pretty. Great lens, very informative.

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

      @RetroMom: Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 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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      olmpal 4 years ago

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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 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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      Find-Online 4 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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      Laraine Sims 4 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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      Laraine Sims 4 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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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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

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

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      tfsherman lm 4 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 4 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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      Melissa Miotke 4 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 4 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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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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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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      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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      Laraine Sims 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you!!

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      Laraine Sims 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

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

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      Laraine Sims 3 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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