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Glorious Gleam Art Pack

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  • Glass mosaic by Suzanne Fortin.
  • There are many color variations to scout and enjoy in this mix!
  • Nasturtiums, gleaming like jewels, beneath a wall of Heavenly Blue Morning Glory.

Glorious Gleam Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus
Sparkling jewel hued edible flowers adorn 3-foot long trailing vines.

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Carl Linnaeus spent the 18th Century like an enchanted child, pointing at and naming (in Latin) all the life forms that he found. His own child, Elizabeth, noticed that when she looked at nasturtium flowers in the evening they seemed to flash. Research by different scientists of the day into the incident proposed different conclusions including electricity, phosphorescence, and the paranormal. Carl and his budding botanist daughter seemed content to dub it the Elizabeth Linnaeus Phenomenon and leave it at that. You may have a similar experience with these gleaming blooms, but not to worry, you are not being haunted—it’s probably simply an optical illusion cased by the interaction of green and orange in the pale light of dusk.

Quick Facts

Number of Seeds 25 seeds
Spacing in Row 8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 8 inches
Planting Depth 1 inch
Days to Germination 5-14 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Height at Maturity 18 inches
Width at Maturity 36 inches

How to Grow

Direct sow after danger of frost has passed, spacing them closer together for a ground cover, or further apart if planting them among other annuals. Can also be sown in containers at indicated spacing. Plants are low lying, but spread wide, covering about 2 feet. All parts of the plant are edible and peppery: leaves, flowers and immature seeds. Use flowers immediately after harvest.

About the Artist

Glass mosaic by Suzanne Fortin. Suzanne looks at nature and filters its power and infinite range of texture and color. Her art evolution, one phase after the other, generates momentum with new thoughts emerging and becoming visual presence.

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