I've spent the last few months impatiently waiting for them to grow bigger and generally pampering them -- checking the leaves for bugs and viciously killing any that I found, watering them daily, and dousing them with a truly foul-smelling fish-based organic fertilizer.
It seemed to be taking forever for them to grow (it probably did not help that I checked several times a day) but about two weeks ago, I noticed that the plants were finally starting to establish themselves, sending out their thick runners and lots of new greenery. Even more exciting were the tiny buds they produced.
And today all my over-anxious parenting finally paid off. When I went outside just now, I was greeted by the first blossom! It's perfect and gorgeous -- a thrilling deep, vibrant orange with a yellow center and the most delicate thin brown lines.
And I see lots more buds that promise a gorgeous crop of edible nasturtium flowers in the near future.
I have to admit that I feel just a little bit like a miracle worker right now (even though I know the nasturtiums did all the truly miraculous work.)This proud parent's advice is to go plant something and nurture it and watch it grow. You may have to spend some time picking off bugs and watering and such but you won't regret it!