This has been my view for most of this week and a lot of the last one too. I'm in a medium study frenzy as I want to get my (distance learning) course done by Christmas, and of course I lazed away at the sewing machine over the summer and didn't do half as much reading and note taking as I should have. Bad, bad, bad.
And I know that I fervently vowed in the spring to pull out all the nasturtiums in the garden this year (after they smothered every other plant in the flower bed last year), but you know how it goes, the weather gets colder, you go out in the garden less, but the little buggers still germinate and grow. In fact I am quite surprised that I still have nasturtiums coming up this late in the year.
But my early de-nasturtiuming as not in vain, and the ones I have now are being considerably more civilised than their parents. So now the flower bed is gently dotted rather than choking.
And here's the thing, they make good cut flowers, even though they don't last very long. You can pick them in bud to open indoors, they have a good long, clean stem, and they have a lovely perfume which I sniff between bouts of note taking. Last year I had great enormous vines of them in a large vase and they grew roots and kept flowering for quite some time. The vase looked like it was having a bad hair day but better that than taking over the lawn!
The added bonus: for evey flower in the vase, there'll be at least one less seedling germinating in next year's flower bed!