Nasturtiums - how pretty they are and how easy to grow - but only that way when you're not trying! I have planted different colour from seed, but they never seem to take. However these bright orange and yellow ones power on, particularly when nothing else is flowering much in the garden.
Strangely enough I have only started picking them for the house these last few years. I didn't think they would last long once cut, but they do. These were picked two days before the photo and they are still looking happy.
My strongest memories of these flowers as a child would have to be the picking of the actual flower off the stem and sucking out the nectar! I know the leaves can be used in salad which I do sometimes, but mainly I just enjoy the flowers in the house.
If I was asked, I'm guessing that I'd probably associate Nasturtiums with summer, but here it is, mid-winter and they are flowering wildly. In fact I'm clearing some at the moment from my rose garden. They do look pretty there but unfortunately they tend to attract aphids. I'll still leave a few there - enough to maybe encourage some predator insects.
Do you have Nasturtiums memories? Do they grow where you are? Maybe you think of them as a weed because they grow so prolifically ? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on (what I consider) this pretty but simple little flower.
Cheers for now - Wendy