Nasturtiums for more than color?


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Claudine, I think if I had refrigerated the stuffed blossoms for a bit to allow the cream cheese to firm up again they might have held up a bit better. Also, if I had used a batter, that might also have made a difference, but baking is more healthy than frying. I saw some fried daylilies on Pinterest yesterday that I found interesting: http://pinterest.com/pin/321796335845486533/
Wow, the fried daylilies look delicious, almost like doughnuts:D. Do you have a recipe for them? I think that I would like them even more than stuffed nasturtiums.
To be honest, I had no idea that daylilies are edible.
 
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Thanks, Shellyann. The grapevine was one of the clearance plants I got at Lowe's at the end of May. It was less than $2 so it wasn't a major loss, but it would have been nice to see some leaves appear at least. From what I've read it takes a while to see grapes and I was planning on growing it in a container and training it into a tree shape - which limits the fruit, but I'll have to try again later with another plant.

I bet it would be neat if you trained one to be like a tree! I am not sure that I have the patience to do something like that or even the time right now. Perhaps one day. Are you thinking about buying any vines for the fall to plant? I would like to but I doubt that we will be able to afford it.
 
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Wow, the fried daylilies look delicious, almost like doughnuts:D. Do you have a recipe for them? I think that I would like them even more than stuffed nasturtiums.
To be honest, I had no idea that daylilies are edible.

Go back to the photo and then click on it. It will launch a new web page where you can find the recipe. You don't use Pinterest to keep up with things that you find online? I had read about daylilies being edible a while ago, but I've never had the opportunity to try them.
 
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I bet it would be neat if you trained one to be like a tree! I am not sure that I have the patience to do something like that or even the time right now. Perhaps one day. Are you thinking about buying any vines for the fall to plant? I would like to but I doubt that we will be able to afford it.

No, I am waiting to start a new job and anticipating I will be very busy. Also, it stays hot here well into the fall so I think the best time to plant a grape vine would be after the last bit of winter has gone. I'd need to choose one that could withstand a lot of heat and a lot of rain.
 
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Go back to the photo and then click on it. It will launch a new web page where you can find the recipe. You don't use Pinterest to keep up with things that you find online? I had read about daylilies being edible a while ago, but I've never had the opportunity to try them.
Thank, I found it. And no, I've never used Pinterest. I don't use Facebook either. I already spend too much time in front of my computer, so I really prefer not to know about other interesting websites:p
 
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Thank, I found it. And no, I've never used Pinterest. I don't use Facebook either. I already spend too much time in front of my computer, so I really prefer not to know about other interesting websites:p

LOL, I can understand that! I resisted FB for two years, ignoring friend requests and telling people "no thanks." Then I got involved with a literacy organization and was asked to create an account for that. Shortly after I was using it and Twitter to promote my articles after Helium sent out a graphic showing how using FB and Twitter could significnatly increase your traffic. It works too, though it is very time consuming and even tedious at times.

Pinterest is great because not only can you conveniently save useful information, you can see what other people have saved on the same topic. Also, unlike you regular bookmarks, you see a page of photos with captions that helps you find exactly what you are looking for without having to click a link first to see if it's the one you nee.d
 
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No, I am waiting to start a new job and anticipating I will be very busy. Also, it stays hot here well into the fall so I think the best time to plant a grape vine would be after the last bit of winter has gone. I'd need to choose one that could withstand a lot of heat and a lot of rain.

Well congrats on the new job! Yes usually it is very hot here well into the fall as well. This year has been amazingly mild though compared to most summers. We have had so much rain that it is about to wash us away.
 
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Well congrats on the new job! Yes usually it is very hot here well into the fall as well. This year has been amazingly mild though compared to most summers. We have had so much rain that it is about to wash us away.

We have also had a milder summer, thankfully. Not many heavy storms either, though now the rain moves in for a week or more at a time. Though with all the rain that fell yesterday I didn't even get an inch of water in the collection bins.
 
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We have also had a milder summer, thankfully. Not many heavy storms either, though now the rain moves in for a week or more at a time. Though with all the rain that fell yesterday I didn't even get an inch of water in the collection bins.

The Farmers Almanac says that we are suppose to be in for a very cold winter. I am not looking forward to it at all. How are the winters in New Orleans? Here it can get cold, down to freezing but we don't have much snow. We do get some ice at times though and it shuts almost everything down because we don't have all of the wonderful equipment that the Northeners do to clear the roads.
 
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The Farmers Almanac says that we are suppose to be in for a very cold winter. ...How are the winters in New Orleans?

I hope the Almanac is wrong about that. No one likes to hear the words "bitter" and "cold" in the same sentence. The winter's here are not usually that bad; 2010 was one of those that was bitter cold, however. In New Orleans it may snow once per decade, and it quickly turns to slush, though the last time it snowed we saw real flakes, and where it settled in piles and on rooftops, it lasted for several hours.
 
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No, but I'd love to try! I've eaten squash blossoms before, and I've drank water made with hibiscus blossoms (we know them here as ''flor de jamaica''). Both culinary experiences were excellent, actually over here is very normal to drink and eat those two; nothing weird about it. I might try with other flowers in the future.
 
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I have a few tiny nasturtium plants so I don't know how much experimenting I will get to do. I probably should see about sprouting a few more seeds before the cold weather sets in. I have to start thinking about what I am going to do about certain plants once the weather changes. It's still fairly warm, but we are heading into November now...
 
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I hear ya, I still have some plants left in the garden (they're in pots), so I might be needing to get thme inside. I might let the Calla Lily outside. I read over here that is necessary to let the calla lily die during the winter, so it can regrow again later and blossom. It's been a while since my calla lily hasn't blossomed :(
 
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I hear ya, I still have some plants left in the garden (they're in pots), so I might be needing to get thme inside. I might let the Calla Lily outside. I read over here that is necessary to let the calla lily die during the winter, so it can regrow again later and blossom. It's been a while since my calla lily hasn't blossomed :(

Maybe it needs to be fed? Is it in the ground or in a pot? In a pot it might be rootbound. I had some day lilies that didn't bloom, but the finally flowered recently, even though they were kind of scraggly. They often get trampled or plowed over so I am thinking of relocating them. They could definitely stand to be dug up and thinned out so it's going to be quite a project.
 
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It's in a pot, I don't feel comfortable enough to work with soil directly. So, you think I should dig it up and thin out the roots? I had no idea I could even do that. I was really afraid of messing with its roots, but I guess it's worth the try. After all that poor thing has been in that pot for a while. I'm going to give it away soon tho, to the person who originally gave me the bulb :)
 
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It's in a pot, I don't feel comfortable enough to work with soil directly. So, you think I should dig it up and thin out the roots? I had no idea I could even do that. I was really afraid of messing with its roots, but I guess it's worth the try. After all that poor thing has been in that pot for a while. I'm going to give it away soon tho, to the person who originally gave me the bulb :)

No, you don't want to thin out the roots, definitely DO NOT do that! Bulbing plants produce more bulbs so you can end up with this clump of them fighting for space and nutrients in the soil. Growing them in pots is a greater advantage, but it also means they need to be fed more often because nutrients get washed out of the soil through the pot's drainage holes. You will want to separate them, if necessary, at the end of each season and feed them regularly.
 
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Ow, thanks for the correction, I thought thinning the roots was a bit weird, but I wasn't that surprised :p I think I have seen a small call lily trying to make her way, I'll definitely check that. I was a bit afraid to remove it! I plan to put it in a small pot. My poor calla lily seems so miserable :(
 
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Ow, thanks for the correction, I thought thinning the roots was a bit weird, but I wasn't that surprised :p I think I have seen a small call lily trying to make her way, I'll definitely check that. I was a bit afraid to remove it! I plan to put it in a small pot. My poor calla lily seems so miserable :(

Good luck with it! When my daylilies didn't bloom in the spring, I started spraying them with banana peel water. The stupid snails started eating the leaves until I was left with naked bulbs. By the time the scraggly blooms poked their way up I was in shock! I have some other lilies I started from seed, so I will be curious to see how long it takes them to produce blooms.
 
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Woah, the banana water attracted the snails then? I really dislike those pesky things, when you less expect it they are all over your plants! Ugh, specially in the garden, another reason I don't like the idea of planting things in the soil. I feel planting things in pots gives me way more control. I hope your lillies do better the next year :)
 
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Woah, the banana water attracted the snails then? I really dislike those pesky things, when you less expect it they are all over your plants! Ugh, specially in the garden, another reason I don't like the idea of planting things in the soil. I feel planting things in pots gives me way more control. I hope your lillies do better the next year :)

No, the snails ate the leaves first. They are completely annoying. They devour all kinds of plants that you wouldn't expect them to. Last winter I was constantly evicting them from flower pots and pitching them out toward the street. There was a lot of rain, which meant a lot of algae, so they were everywhere.
 

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