Nasturtium, succulent, orange

Last week I plucked these ‘weeds’ from the back yard. As I pulled and cut, an older gentleman stood watching me. As he watched curiously as I pulled, he pulled long drags from his cigarette. I was positive he’d tell me to stop cutting and pruning from this communal yard. But he did not. I secretly felt relief. After I explained to him the uses for nasturtium (in salads and as edible garnishes for his seasonal soups), all he could muster was “Those tomatoes sure need watering.” He also included, that he’d tell his wife of the nasturtium for salads. I can only hope he did.

I seem to use it more in vases than I do in my salad bowl. I should probably the gentleman’s advice and water the tomatoes. Then I’ll take my own advice and eat some nasturtium. Or use the flowers for garnish on a soup. Tomato.

Tulips two ways

I picked up some Tulips at the market on Sunday, and guess what? They’re already blown open. That does happen and it has been quite warm in the house (75 degrees) today. Even the ice-cube in the vase trick didn’t help much. Alas, so much for 3-5 days.

Today I removed them from the vase they were in and cut them down quite short. I was able to make two arrangements using a square vase for one and a short cylinder for the other.

In the cylinder vase I tucked in some random foliage I picked up today on my hike. I also snipped the tiniest bit of a succulent (from a plant on my porch) and added that in the front of the arrangement. The leaves used in the vase to conceal the stems, are that of the tulips.

The second Tulip arrangement is in a 5×5 cube. I used more of the random and wild foliage for filler, as well as a few stems from the Acacia tree. Incidentally the Acacia is blooming already, but I wasn’t able to reach that far. Lucky for the Acacia tree.

Though they are quite striking when they are fully open, I’m hoping for one more day (at least) from these Tulips.