Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flower Photos: Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) It's a Nose Twister

Here's another flower photo I made the same day I was under the influence of cabin fever and took pictures of the Purple Shamrocks in the rain.  I knew what these guys were because I like them. 

You can eat the leaves and they taste a little spicy. They're great for salads.

The wind was blowing pretty good that day so, I got some of the fern plants to hold things steady for me.

I'm showing you this photo with one leaf munched-up so you'll know what else Nasturium is good for. 

If you plant it at one end of your garden, caterpillars hang out there, leaving other plants alone.

Wikipedia has more information on NASTURTIUM (Tropaeolum)

And this gal named Tracy wrote 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GROW NASTURTIUMS NEAR VEGETABLES.  She'll tell you about gardening, cooking and everything.  What a gal !

Both Tracy and Wikipedia called this flower a nose tweaker or nose twister. 

That's the first time I ever heard that. 

If they think Nasturtium is spicy, I'd like to see their expressions when they bite into a Habanero!