GROW Project: My Nasturtiums are Invisible

If you look in the garden you won’t see my nasturtiums. That is because they have developed a rare sort of variation called invisibility. No matter how hard you look you will not find them. They have developed a superpower beyond the ability of all creatures to completely evade detection! At least that’s what I’m telling myself…

Well… I tried, but I just couldn’t keep them going. The heat and the lack of sufficient water did them in for good. They were hanging on by a thread last month and I was hoping they would still be at least present and accounted for – but alas poor Spitfire, you are not there! If they could have hung around long enough they might have just enjoyed this beautiful weekend which was filled with fantastic weather! I came indoors only to eat, sleep, and write a post!

As a substitute for the nasturtiums I thought I would show some pictures of one of my favorite garden annuals – COSMOS! It isn’t picky and never needed supplemental watering no matter how dry it got this summer. It was also easily planted by sprinkling a few seeds here and there – I like that kind of seed sowing!

Here’s the closeup:

And here’s the whole plant. It’s located near my garden shed. Please excuse the dirt from excavation. I just completed a big project for the weekend – more on that later in the week!

Later this week I’ll be making an announcement about the 2010 Fall Color Project. I hope you will join in the fun and I would appreciate any help in promoting it through posts or placing a badge on your blog for it. I’ll have the details ready for reading in the next few days. Please check back soon!

I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee’s Garden for the seeds.

12 Replies to “GROW Project: My Nasturtiums are Invisible”

  1. Mine are still going, but the heat and no rain are doing a number on my entire garden. Can't believe we've gone so long without rain. 🙁

    Love your Cosmos sulphureus. It's the BEST, isn't it? I grow it every year.

  2. I am going to have to try Cosmos next year. I haven't grown them in quite a while. Yours look great even with the heat.


  3. To keep the nasturtiums growing as long as you did-you did well! I'll post a badge on my blog later. Just email it or I can get it.

  4. My nasturtiums (Alaska Mix and Empress of India) are still bright and colorful and thrived all summer, foliage and blooms galore. But my cosmos was a complete and unhappy no show except for one paltry flower. Different gardens, different results, yours and mine! Gardening can be so random.

  5. I know what you mean about the nasties Dave, I thought I would lose all of mine too, but some hang on. Head on over to my blog for the report.

    And I'm lookin forward to my third year of participation in "The Fall Color Project!"

  6. My Nasturtiums are also invisible as are my Cosmos. I never did plant Nasturtiums this year because our weather was so strange. The Cosmos just never came up, sad too because the were the orange ones similar to like what you have.

  7. Sorry about the nasties Dave. Mine are doing fine, except the blooms are invisible. 😐

  8. Cosmic Orange is a great plant…mine have already self seeded this year and I have babies popping up all over the place.

  9. Kylee,

    The problem was here that we got too much rain – then none at all for a while! We just have to take what we are given though. And that is an awesome cosmos!


    They did great here. Since the weather is unreliable it's nice to have something that will do great no matter what comes!


    I'll have a post up later this week for the official announcement, or I can email you something later if you want!


    Random is definitely the right word! It all depends so much on what happens with the weather and growing conditions. I wish the nasturtiums could have done better.


    I'll be over there soon to take a look! Glad to have you on board for another Fall Color go around!


    I'm sorry to hear the cosmos didn't come up. I guess Laurrie's randomness got them!


    I guess a flower without a flower isn't really a flower! At least you have the potential for more blooms this season.


    It is great! I need to go around and start collecting seed. I don't think I'll ever need to buy packs of orange cosmos!

  10. Don't feel bad Dave, I didn't have any luck with my Nasturiums this summer either. They just don't like our heat I guess. 🙂

  11. Dave, I hadn't planted nasturtiums in so long that I'd forgotten how they're Supposed to act. At any rate, mine were NOT impressive. I could give them the benefit of the doubt, due to the summer weather, but they really didn't even respond to our wonderful Spring! It was worth a try, right? 🙂

  12. LOL Dave. Sorry to hear that you have invisible nasturtiums. :0)

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