Looking to the cosmos

In hindsight, I could have sowed half the amount of white cosmos as I did. I sprinkled 10 packets of the stuff around the lawn. It’s such a great gap filler, but I’ll be out there dead-heading for hours this weekend (nipping off the old flowers makes all the difference if you want your plants to keep producing new buds).

The other problem that’s just starting to show its head is mildew: because I’ve sown it so thick, and because I foolishly fed it at Christmas with Nitrophoska Blue to speed up its growth (it was so puny back then that I panicked), it’s now getting the floral equivalent of athlete’s foot. I’ll give it a blast with Yates Fungus Gun tonight and then just keep my fingers crossed that it hangs on for another week without all dying out in the middle. It’s rather lovely, even so.

(I especially like the contrast of the ferny foliage and delicate daisies in front of this barbed wire ball sculpture from Wire Art. I bought this as a gift for the Hunk back when we first met and it was sitting outside our garage, still wrapped in black plastic, when the garage burnt down last May. The plastic melted and stuck to the wire, so every time I walk past it I pick a few more bits off it. It’s quite a novel form of stress relief.)

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5 thoughts on “Looking to the cosmos

  1. I know that we are strangers but I wish you all the best Lynda for a wonderful day and an enormously happy life. You make me laugh and give me great advise, wisdom and most of inspiration about gardening … but most of all you have my arms wrapped around you for all the happiness in the world. Happy marriage and new baby when he/she comes! Good luck and have a great wedding!!! That’s all for now. XXX

  2. My mother’s favourite flower is cosmos. I remember growing up in South Africa we’d be driving somewhere and on the side of the road, growing wild, you’d find loads and loads of cosmos. One day when we have our own place, I want to plant some cosmos also 🙂

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