Sometimes 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.