It's no secret that I LOVE nasturtiums! There's just something so happy about them; their flowers, buds, seeds and leaves inspire me in equal measure.
The French word for nasturtium is capucine, and is the name I used for the star pattern in my Jardin anglais collection (now available to buy as beautiful quilting weight fabric from Dashwood Studio).
Not only are nasturtiums beautiful, but their young leaves and flowers make a pretty addition to salads (adding a lovely peppery flavour, a bit like rocket/arugula), and I've been told the fresh seeds can be used like capers.
I planted some in my no-dig 'butte potager' that we built this year, and they have settled in well (as you can see above)! They are actually a really useful plant to have in a vegetable garden as they will attract the aphids before they attack your other precious vegetables, and you can pick off the infected leaves before they spread.
If you're an art director and you'd like to see more of my nasturtium designs (or any other colour ways of these designs) please do drop me an email and I will be happy send them over to you.