This spring we planted nasturtiums for the first time in many, many years. They are easy to grow, and I love the bright cheerful colours of the nasturtium flowers.
They really brighten up the corner where we planted them, and they are also climbing onto the terrace, and winding their way into nearby bushes.
Last week we had some rain, and when I looked at the nasturtiums again this week, I thought they did not look so good as they did before.
I wondered if it was the rain , or maybe the late summer time that got to them. However, when looking closely, there were the telltale signs:
Soon I also spotted the culprit:
The caterpillar of the cabbage butterfly loves both cabbage and nasturtiums, and it is almost unavoidable, – which is why I do not often plant nasturtiums even if they have lovely flowers.
There was only one thing to do: start picking caterpillars. Luckily my husband is home at the moment, and we are the perfect team: I look and point, and he picks. So far I think we must have disposed of 60-70 caterpillars, and new ones are turning up all the time.
Will we win the battle? Probably not entirely, but perhaps we will manage to save some flowers to bloom throughout August.
To make this a tiny bit quilt related, here are some links to quilts with nasturtiums on them:
Mary Transom, New Zealand
Click on her gallery and classes to see more of her wonderful flower quilts.
Botanical Art Quilts
Scroll down to see several quilts with nasturtiums, – and stop to look at the other quilts too.
Adventures in Quilting
Scroll down and look for “Blazing Nasturtiums”.
Maggie Wise – for sale
Ingrid’s webshot album – quilt made in a class with Ruth B McDowell
Cathy Van Bruggen – here is even a pattern if you want nasturtiums on fabric