May 13, 2004

Incessant Rain

Between storms, we have run out to check on the new plants. Aforementioned unidentified purple flowers are not doing well, but everything else seems to be thinking about surviving, or is at least taking the idea under advisement.

Have already begun thinking about a replacement for at least one of the purple things. Perhaps nasturniums? Apparently, they're edible, and hardy:

One of the oft-repeated maxims about nasturtiums is that they prefer poor soil. There is even a saying that goes: "Be nasty to nasturtiums." I'd call that a slight exaggeration. It is true that a very rich soil, high in nitrogen, can make them go to leaf, with few blossoms. But a soil that is truly impoverished, heavily compacted or badly drained will produce puny plants. Nasturtiums bloom best in full sun but will usually do fine in part shade as well, especially in hot weather, which is not to their liking.

Posted at May 13, 2004 07:03 PM | az