These two photos were taken by Lis Jones-Ingman, the one of the colourful prunus is in Burra, and the nasturtiums are in a friend's garden in Gilberton. It is far too early for nasturtiums up here, they come from tropical climes and won't tolerate our cold winters. However they do extremely well in summer and autumn where their lush growth during the heat is to be treasured.
Nasturtiums are busy little plants, acting as good companion plants in the garden where they tempt the aphids away from other plants, for many they are a favourite to grow with roses. With such a wide colour range, there is something to appeal to everyone, but the plant has yet another asset its edibility. Flowers can be used as a garnish, stuffed or added to salads. For a slightly more peppery flavour, add a few leaves to your garden salad.
While there won't be nasturtiums for open gardens there will be a lot spring growth and glorious plants in flower for all to enjoy.
A weekend to really look forward to.