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4.10.10

'Creamsicle' Nasturtium, Mounding

When I planted my 'Spitfire' nasturtiums one plant produced a bloom that was quite different from the orange-red colored flowers of 'Spitfire.' The first bloom was very yellow which made me think it was 'Peach Melba,' but subsequent blooms have looked much different than that first one. The yellow color has turned out to be more pink and and the orange blush is more visible.

Creamsicle Nasturtium, mounding pink-orange nasturtium


Looking over the nasturtium seed selection available at Renee's Garden, who I got the 'Spitfire' seeds from for the SeedGROW project, I've narrowed the mystery nasturtium to 'Creamsicle.' The orange sherbet blooms look just like the ones pictured in Renee's seed catalog.

Nasturtium 'Creamsicle' peach colored nasturtium flower

Nasturtium 'Creamsicle' looks like a beautiful sunset and I think compliments the fiery blooms of 'Spitfire' nicely. Unfortunately, I only grew one plant and that one has been battered by people stepping on it as it spills out into the sidewalk from the garden. There's not much of a chance that I'll be able to harvest seeds from this plant, but it has been nice to experience the blooms. It is a mounding nasturtium and the flowers set atop the foliage allowing them to be admired easily.

If you've read this blog before you may already know that nasturtiums are my favorite garden annual to grow. The seeds are large and easy to handle, the blooms are beautiful, the plants do great in poor soil and the leaves and blooms are edible. There aren't many other annuals that you can choose to grow in your garden that have all three qualities. Whether you choose the mounding nasturtiums or the "climbing" varieties, you can't go wrong growing a few nasturtiums in your garden.

Previous Posts on Nasturtiums:


Collecting Nasturtium Seeds Video.


17 comments:

  1. Ooh, that's pretty cute. I'm looking forward to choosing some different nasturtiums next year now that I've tried one for the first time. It's nice to see the range of colors that are available.

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  2. Oh thanks for showing this one! It is perfect for the color scheme I'm trying to do in my backyard!

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  3. oh that's beautiful!! I love it when they do the watercolor thing.

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  4. Hi MBT, I love the color of the Creamsicle, my favorite treat as a child, or was it the push up? I will try the Nasties again next year, but mine are just starting to bloom normally now!

    Eileen

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  5. Oh, that's pretty funny. It's really stunning (your excellent pictures always do them justice, though). Great post.

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  6. What a nice surprise and beautiful color! Just pretty!

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  7. I love plants such as nasturtiums for their unique triple qualities that you have described. I just wonder whether it can grow well in the tropics.

    One such plant commonly planted in the tropics is the Ternatea Clitorea with its intense indigo blue hue. We often extract the blue juice as a food dye. It is self-seeding and simply just propagate by itself. However I haven't tried the flower petals in salad but have use it to decorate some of my dishes.

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  8. Okay...I WANT THAT. 'Creamsicle' is the perfect name for it, too!

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  9. Another kind of Creamsicle to like!

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  10. Ooooh...Creamsicle is GORGEOUS!!!!! I will have to check out nasturtiums...not sure they will grow in zone 10, but will check, for sure...they look like a lot of fun!!!

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  11. Creamsicle is really pretty. I'm wondering what I should have done to improve my nasturtiums' performance this summer! :-)

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  12. @Diane, Try a few nasturtiums at once. Especially the mixes like 'Jewel Mix' that let you try several at once.

    @Mary C, Glad you like it. A nice color, aint it?

    @SnarkyVegan, "Watercolor things" is a good way to describe it.

    @Gatsbys Gardens, The push ups! That's what the bloom reminds me of. Mine are blooming a lot also. Always put on a show right before frost.

    @Nellie, Hey, thanks for stopping by.

    @MeemsNYC, Yup, it was a nice surprise. Now I have another one to add to my list of nasturtiums to grow.

    @Elsie Xie, I don't see why they wouldn't grow well in the tropics. Nasturtiums are native to Central and South America. Although, if there aren't already any nasturtiums growing where you live I'd be afraid of introducing them, lest they become invasive plants.

    @Kylee, You should get some for next year.

    @Monica, And this one doesn't make you fat!

    @Julie, From reading other blogs it seems like they do OK in Florida during the really early spring and winter season. Your summers look to be a nasturtium killer.

    @Shady Gardener, That's a good question. Maybe they didn't like the sun and heat combo? Mine didn't even seem to be bothered by the sun and semi-drought conditions I grew them under this year, but others seem to have major problems with them.

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  13. I love nasturtium for the foliage. This spitfire is gorgeous!

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  14. The nasturtium flowers are gorgeous, even the leaves have lovely shapes. I wonder if it grow well in our hot, equatorial climate?

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  15. That sure is gorgeous! What a nice surprise, like the one I got with the 'Tall Singles Mix' I planted. Which varieties have blueish foliage? That sounds cool!

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  16. @Wendy, it is a rather nice color for a bloom isn't it?

    @Autumn Belle, They would probably do well since they're native to South America. Although, if they aren't already introduced or have been studied for being potentially invasive I'd worry about introducing them.

    @Lisa, 'Empress of India' has a blue-green tint to the foliage as does 'Black Velvet.'

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  17. I love this variety, it's one of the few that doesn't revert to the standard bright orange nasturtium.

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