pretty enough to eat
Tags: Capturing Beauty's Rainbow Challenge, easy to grow, easy to grow from seed, edible flowers, edible leaves, edible ornamental, flowers for salads, Foliage, for the edges of borders, kitchen garden, nasturtium, organic garden, plants for beginners, stained-glass blossoms, the Victory Garden, Whirlybird nasturtium
This flower is pretty enough to eat — and for once, you can do so. I like the idea of chowing down on pure Beauty. There’s all kinds of symbolism in that act. And the fact that the blossom in question has a strong peppery taste and is at home garnishing all kinds of savory dishes… that’s just the icing on the cake. Maybe we should change that expression to “the nasturtium on the chef salad.”
I don’t like icing at all. I love pepper. (Raise your hand if you’re surprised….)
For those of you unfamiliar with this lovely, she’s a Whirlybird nasturtium. That’s a series bred with the idea of lifting up the bloom faces to where they’re easier to see among the foliage. Traditional nasturtiums tend to get lost in all that blowsy greenery, with spurred, downward-facing flowers — not that anyone minds. For most of the summer, my plants have been almost exclusively foliage. I love their rounded leaves, which are also, incidentally, edible, and the way they soften the edges of the garden beds, tumbling gracefully into the paths.
I’d certainly sow them for the foliage alone. The blooms are just a bonus. A gorgeous and tasty bonus.
Just for your information, I would definitely recommend nasturtiums to beginning gardeners. Super easy to grow from seed, and because they’re drought resistant, you’re likely to be rewarded unless you have truly freakish weather or soil conditions.
She looks just like stained glass when the sun is shining. The sun didn’t cooperate for this photo, but I think the deeply saturated orange pigment is all the more visible under cloudy skies. That’s good, as this is my photo for Orange as I unofficially follow along with Capturing Beauty‘s rainbow challenge.
Once, while at a party, we were playing the game of “if” and the question for me was, “If you had to define yourself using a color, what would it be?” I chose orange, and a friend there said she would have also chosen orange if asked to define me. I’m not sure if I still feel orange. Perhaps I’m changing with time. But I still love orange and have a visceral response to it. Something about it corresponds to something in my soul.
What about you? Do you have a color that you instinctively respond to?