Two favourite flowers

There are now plenty of colour shade variations for both nasturtium flowers and leaves but I still like the red and yellow ones with light green leaves.

Nasturtiums, red   Nasturtiums, yellow

The ones on the plot this year are mostly self-seeded as snails devoured nearly all of the ones that germinated from seeds I sowed.  I’m glad they did appear as I would have have missed these bright, cheery flowers.

I dead-headed the pot marigolds on Monday morning when I also had a close look at the all the various distinct colour variations that I now grow.  One flower in particular caught my eye as it’s almost creamy, and I’ve certainly  not seen any as light as this previously.

Creamy pot marigold  A 'Flighty's favourite' pot marigold

This other one perfectly illustrates how red the backs of the petals are before the flower fully opens as a completely different colour.

I’ve sent various blog friends  pot marigold seeds over the past couple of years and recently some have mentioned how they’ve done with them.  Joanna over on Awholeplotoflove in her post Sunny Saturday last weekend made me smile as she said that they make her heart sing every time she looks at them.  Mark on Mark’s Veg Plot did a really generous post yesterday titled Flighty’s Favourites which included lots of wonderful photos.  My thanks again to both for the mention and link.

Have a good weekend!

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26 Responses to Two favourite flowers

  1. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome post Flighty thank you for sharing I still waiting for the sunflowers to germinate for me

    • Flighty says:

      Linda thanks. Sadly I don’t think that your sunflower seeds will germinate now, you’ll have to try again next year or if you still have any seeds sow them direct in the ground in the autumn. xx

  2. smashing photos Flighty I miss the nasturtium flowers on the plot this year as I have a blackfly problem which I believe they would have helped

  3. Marigold Jam says:

    I’ve got lots of nasturtiums here too mainly self seeded from last year and I love them in a salad. I love marigolds too as you might guess from my blog name and when I lived in France a friend told me they are called soucis in French which is also translated as little anxieties so I like to think of my little problems as cheery bright marigolds which sometimes helps!

  4. nikkipolani says:

    Reminds me I haven’t taken photos of the marigolds this season. I’m pleased they have reseeded, though that variegated colored one hasn’t come back :-( Love the bright cheerfulness of those nasturtiums.

  5. Joanne says:

    They really do make my heart sing & it was such a thoughtful gesture. Thanks & have a great weekend.

  6. Glo says:

    A delightful selection, Flighty ~ I just picked another pot marigold today to add to a bouquet of sweet peas, rose, and other blooms from the garden. We have been experiencing a heat wave recently, but cooler temps today, more comfortable. I will try and get photos up one of these days to show the lounging pot marigolds here, as well. Nice links :)

    • Flighty says:

      Glot thanks. It sounds like a lovely, colourful bouquet. It’s hot here today, around 30C, which I’m not liking. Good idea, I look forward to seeing them. You’re welcome. xx

  7. CJ says:

    The littlest boy has some Flighty’s favourites doing very nicely thank you, they just keep on flowering, they’re wonderful. Thanks again, CJ xx

  8. elaine says:

    My garden wouldn’t be the same with the cheerful nasturtiums and marigolds – it’s amazing just how many variations you can get these days – although my favourites are still the bright orange

  9. Lovely sight! The nasturtiums I was complaining about last year are giving me a similar dose of vibrant colour in the broad bean bed this year, and I have marigolds in almost every bed, most from the seeds you sent me!

  10. Caro says:

    I thought that slugs had eaten all of my marigolds and calendula, including Flighty’s Favourites but one little plant (not so little now!) has made it through to flower for me. I love those pure yellow nasturtiums – it’s one variant that I haven’t got!!

  11. snowbird says:

    Two of my favourite flowers too. Isn’t it amazing how many forms the marigold can take. I do love the white one. Your marigolds are still dotted around my garden too.xxx

  12. Great post! My nasturtiums haven’t thrived this year, but I’ve got one darker orange one which is hanging on :) I always grow marigolds from seed as I love them so much but slugs have scoffed my front garden ones – luckily they haven’t managed to make their way up to the window boxes…

    • Flighty says:

      AllotmentinmyGarden thanks. That’s a shame. Slugs and, more especially, snails have been a real problem this year. Good to see that some of yours are still okay. xx

  13. Alison says:

    They are beautiful! and Mark took some awesome photos of the flowers too! Love them all! x

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