So, the recent frost hasn’t ended things just yet. In fact, some things have only just decided to give blooming a try. Case in point, the seashell cosmos. Ain’t it purty?
Some of you may recall I tried growing these in the garden in Harwich last year, with no success. But I’m so enamored of the look of them on seed packets that I tried again this year, and now I understand why none of them bloomed for me last year, if they are only just beginning the show now with the threat of a killing frost around any corner.
Still, you must admit they make a fabulous and frothy flower, at that. I’ll certainly grow these again, but I think next year I’ll start them inside ahead of season, so I can enjoy their flowers a little longer. And knowing that cosmos thrive in poor soil, I try to remember to segregate them from other annuals whom I usually give some fertilizer sprinklings throughout the season.
It’s certainly been an odd growing season. The shasta daisies I featured yesterday are usually done blooming by mid-July, but this year are blooming their sweet heads off now, in October. And the bachelors buttons – who were such chatterboxes with so much to say to the Gardener last year – are keeping their own counsel this year and have barely bloomed at all. I think this one is the fourth.
But what a treat to find so much still merrily blooming after such a frosty start to the week.