Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Nasranium June 29, 2009

Filed under: Colour,Flower,Summer — northernwindowgardener @ 7:00 am
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Two's companySometimes nature throws up odd combinations and weird things happen. In the case of Joel you might be able to make out from the picture that a nasturtium and geranium have created a symbiotic relationship – or maybe it’s parasitic, time will tell.

Basically the nasturtium has climbed between the geranium leaves and the two plants are completely intertwined. At first glance the nasturtium leaves look like the geranium with the off-centre spot and radiating veins. But over the last few days they have just got bigger and bigger – they’re the size of small saucers now and showing no signs of letting up – and they don’t have the pretty red markings of the geranium or the puffier, pillow-like quality.

As most of the boxes have been packed with plants these sorts of things are inevitable. In another box the asters, daisies and petunias are fighting for space while the verbena slips casually into any gap. Elsewhere the lobelia and nasturtiums are tripping over one another in the space left by the stout marigolds.

I think this is just what a window box should be like. A messy mix of different plants all fighting for space and getting their moment in the sun. I can’t imagine what the root systems look like!

So here’s to Lobeliaolds, Verbasters and Sweet Petunias.

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3 Responses to “Nasranium”

  1. Flighty Says:

    I thought that you’d spelt the title wrong until I read this post!

  2. Glo Says:

    LOL ~ another great read, and got a kick out of your mix and match plant names. Your window boxes are looking quite impressive…sorry I haven’t been responding as I have been so busy with work-work and home-work! I have been keeping track of your ledge-endery exploits, however đŸ˜‰

  3. Lol at the pun Glo. Those nasturtiums are unstoppable and have leaves the size of saucers now. I think the soil is too good for them though as they’re not keen on flowering and I understand that they flower well in poor soil.


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