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Nasturtiums 4

By pamelajean
What a glorious show of colour they provided this summer - yellow, orange and pink. I love their bright flowers, the funnel-shaped nectar tubes in the back, their twining stalks, attractive buds, and large mottled leaves. I always give them something to climb up or hang down from because they love to spread.

As a bonus, all parts are edible (flower, leaf and seeds), and can be used as a salad or pasta ingredient, giving a peppery punch similar to watercress. The seeds, when young and green, have been likened to capers when pickled, and offer their fair share of Vitamin C.

The botanical name Tropaelum is from the Greek tropiaon (a trophy). In ancient Greece, shields and helmets of defeated enemy were fixed onto tree trunks. It was thought that the nasturtium leaves resembled shields, with the flowers resembling helmets.
The flower gets it's name from the Latin nasusm (nose) and tortus (twisted) because their smell makes the nose wrinkle or twist and so is literally a "nose-twister" or "nose-tweaker".

Many thanks to all those very generous people who took time to award, vote and comment on my Giant Taro.


Tags: Edible Orange Leaf Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Bud Conquest Tropaeolum Mustard family Indian cress nose-twister

Voters: Sylviwhalley, Badgerfred, cymru2019 and 51 more

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1 Jan 2020 2:50PM
Beautiful, and they seed themselves year after year.
1 Jan 2020 2:53PM
Happy New Year Pamela, beautiful image,
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2020 2:59PM
Great photograph Pamela. Happy Nee Year to you! David
1 Jan 2020 2:59PM
An absolutely beautiful image, Pamela and a very informative and interesting narrative.
A Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2020 to you and yours.
Best wishes for the New Year.
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
1 Jan 2020 3:45PM
Amazing image Pamela, Happy New Year SmileSmileSmile

Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
1 Jan 2020 4:10PM
Beautiful photography Pamela!
Best wishes for 2020!

Arne Smile
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
1 Jan 2020 4:27PM
A wonderful upload dear PJ!
Great study. Lovely colour and formsGrinGrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2020 5:37PM
Lovely photo, fascinating description.
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2020 6:41PM
Beautiful, Pamela.
clicknimagine Plus
11 836 104 India
1 Jan 2020 7:08PM
Mike_Smith Plus
13 774 2 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2020 7:43PM
Beautiful capture Pam, when I have grown these they end up covered in Catterpillars lol
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2020 7:44PM
Happy 2020
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2020 8:43PM
a wonderful splash of colour
perfection to a 'T'
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
2 Jan 2020 10:07AM
Beautiful farm filling shot and excellent detail across the frame.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
2 Jan 2020 11:41AM
A very lovely presentation, Pamela, an interesting and informative write-up, too 👍
A Very Happy New Year to you 👍
Trev 😀
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2020 12:58PM
Lovely capture Pamela - I knew they were edible - saw them recently in a gardening programme and thought I must get some seeds- didn't know word derivation - another new
fact for my old brain.
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
3 Jan 2020 10:23AM
Your postings, Pamela, are always an education as well as a super image. I learn a lot about the plant from your notes before I get around to looking at the image., which in this case is very well captured and processed with nice delicate tones..
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2020 9:03PM
Excellent floral... good image Pam !!
Isabel GrinGrin
3 Jan 2020 10:17PM
Exceptionally beautiful! SmileSmileSmile
johnsd Plus
14 4 2 Scotland
5 Jan 2020 8:22PM
A very nicely detailed colourful image.
chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
6 Jan 2020 6:50PM
Great colour Pamela, mine did very well too last Summer ,there may very well be several self sets appearing.
8 Jan 2020 4:30AM
Another glorious floral shot from you Pamela.....I always forget to pick some of these leaves and try some in a salad. Maybe this summer !
Cheers Walt

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