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Nasturtiums 1

By pamelajean
First, I have to thank ValeryAst for his User Award on my "Spadices and Spathes", and of course all of you who voted and commented. Many thanks, Valery.

They are now on their last legs, but what a show of colour they have provided, despite the adverse weather. I love their bright flowers, the funnel-shaped nectar tube in the back, their twining stalks, and attractive buds.
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 flowers are also high in Vitamin C and thought to help prevent scurvy, lung problems and blocked bronchial tubes.
The most fascinating use is as a tonic to prevent baldness. A lotion was made from the leaves, flowers and seeds, then mixed with nettle leaves and oak leaves.
The botanical name Tropaelum is from the Green 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".

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Tropaeolum Mustard family Lark’s heel Indian cress

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Paree 13 616 3
30 Jul 2012 6:11PM
wonderful flowers,
unfortunately my garden soil is not good for them so i cant really grow them

there is such a variety of colour with them as well


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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
30 Jul 2012 6:13PM
A beautiful floral presentation with excellent DOF.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
30 Jul 2012 6:13PM
Interesting information, Pamela, and a very pleasing image. Mine always seem to attract a mountain of black-fly Sad Carol
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 6:22PM
Beautiful image, I am still waiting for mine to flower!
30 Jul 2012 6:23PM
Beautiful Pam.

John Smile
8 10 10 England
30 Jul 2012 6:33PM
Love the write up and the beautiful image.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
30 Jul 2012 6:37PM
Some interesting info in your narrative, Pamela, and a beautifully captured shot of this stem of nasturtiums.
30 Jul 2012 6:38PM
Lovely colours and composition.

beautiful photo GrinGrinGrinGrin
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
30 Jul 2012 6:52PM
Beautifully presented with the flower colour in the vignette.

30 Jul 2012 6:56PM
A fantastic capture Pamela
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 7:00PM
Varigated and beautiful
such a lovely composed image Pamela
perfectly detailed
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
30 Jul 2012 7:04PM
A real stand out image Pamela. - gary
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
30 Jul 2012 7:24PM
A better presentation than this would be hard to find, Pamela. The bg complements the flowers perfectly, and the pov/crop cannot be faulted. Added to which, an informative write-up which makes me want to try and get some of my lost hair back.Smile

30 Jul 2012 7:38PM
Beautiful flowers, beautiful light, beautiful presentation!

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
30 Jul 2012 7:51PM
Beautiful image Pamela - great arrangement and the variegated leaves add to this too. Interesting info.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
30 Jul 2012 7:53PM
A real stunner! Patti SmileSmileSmile
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
30 Jul 2012 8:53PM
fantastic piece of knowledge. You are really well learned in botanics and classic languages.

the dark background shows well the filigree petals and the horn in the back. the leaves are getting bigger towards us, as if nature had also spilled them form her horn.
(....regarding the meadow... those aren't really that wild. You can buy the seeds from the farmer's cooperative, it is a way to have a legal grounds for a small set aside subsidy. But having said that now that we all have less funds many have given up on purely beautiful projects. And yes, the owner of that particular meadow collects seeds for her pride and joy every autumn, that is how it survived for 5 years now she told me. ... ) I have got a lower, more simple mix in my garden , used it to fill the gaps and enhance the grass with more native wild flowers. I am quite pleased with the results of the first year... see my butterflies.
30 Jul 2012 9:18PM
A lovely capture of this Nasturtium Pamela. This is the colour that grows in our garden some years. Not seen them this year though.

Nicely photographed, they stand out well against the background

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 9:20PM
A rather informative, and certainly quite interesting pre-narrative supported by a photograph which screams out quality.

Regards Nathan
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1911 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 9:21PM
Well thanks for the extra information - fascinating.
This is a lovely image. Mine are just coming into flower, I might just pay them a visit...
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Jul 2012 9:24PM
Love the vibrant colour Pamela, so beautifully presented as always. An interesting write up to accompany it too
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 9:50PM

Quote:Mine always seem to attract a mountain of black-fly

I only had a few of those nasties on them, Carol. I wish they were as easy to remove in reality as they are with the clone tool in editingWink.
30 Jul 2012 9:55PM
Wonderful colour and detail Pam.well done..Lin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
30 Jul 2012 10:40PM
Wonderful colours Pamela,
and interesting info' too.
I never realised that flowers could be so ''useful'' !!
30 Jul 2012 10:42PM
It's really beautiful and outstanding, the colour detail and the superb presentation work so well in this image.

Ray42 10 3 England
31 Jul 2012 7:21AM
A great shot - what a beautiful splash of colour and a good bg making it stand out a treat

Quote:he most fascinating use is as a tonic to prevent baldness...

Now you tell me!!!!LOL
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
31 Jul 2012 11:32AM
So pretty, great colours and composition.
Lovely toning presentation too.

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
31 Jul 2012 12:15PM
Beautiful imageSmile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 12:20PM

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 12:32PM
A beautiful and unusual nasturtium; love the variegated leaves. Sharp as sharp, as usual from you!! Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
31 Jul 2012 2:34PM
A very beautiful and colourful - and eye-catching - presentation, Pamela, a lovely quality image. Very interesting write-up too, sounds like eating these may help my asthma and chesty cough! Wink
Trev Smile
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
31 Jul 2012 2:54PM
very pretty colours.lesley
Tibetan 5 3 England
31 Jul 2012 3:12PM
We used to have these cascading from a window box on the third floor, in the flat we lived in at the Pantiles Tunbridge Wells, like a waterfall of flowers, tourists used to come just to photograph them,Black fly were a problem, then when we moved we had them a a carpet of flowers in the garden. nicely displayed as usual, like it, have also eaten them, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
As usual your work proceeds you, superb detail very well presented excellent work.

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 5:17PM
Beautiful !!.....lovely colours & quality !!!
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 5:49PM
excellent clarity image with nice colours and light Pam.
1 Aug 2012 6:45PM
A beautiful floral presentation
rsjkinson 8 5 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 9:47PM
brilliant photo love itSmileSmile
1881 6 India
3 Aug 2012 4:15AM
Well presented here.
======================== SANJEEV
xwang 8 56 8
3 Aug 2012 4:07PM
Superb colour and light.. wonderful clean image. Great writing up..edible? Grin Very interesting to learn...sounds like a herbal medicine doctor's note.
evelen 13 5 England
3 Aug 2012 6:19PM
beautiful image and colour.
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2012 6:39PM
Grin great write up on my Elvis pic thanks Wink
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
4 Aug 2012 8:13AM
What fascinating info! Thanks so much for that, Pamela Smile

And I absolutely adore the image. So incredibly detailed and exposed. Such rich colour too. Completely wowed once again.

debu 8 India
5 Aug 2012 12:16AM
Lovely detailed image.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
5 Aug 2012 2:50AM
I'm wishing my dog shots were as good as your floral shot's Pamela.
Very nice,

PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:28AM
Well I never knew that. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Great image. and well presented. paul
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 10:04AM
Excellent detail and colour rendition too PJSmile

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
5 Aug 2012 5:25PM
Beautiful colours and detail, and interesting info too.
5 Aug 2012 7:14PM
Another absolutely fantastic work from you!Smile
Regards Valery

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