Towering over (but shortly to be clustered around the feet of) the morning glories are my cosmos seedlings. Except for this shorter one, which started to bloom this week, I’ve cut them all back by half, in hopes of encouraging them to bush out more, since the whole point of them being in there with the morning glories is to shade the roots of the vines. But I’m already adapting my expectations of them.
The cosmos were planted from a package labeled only COSMOS, which was a free packet of seed received in some solicitation mailing this spring. The photo on the package featured the yellow and orange blossoms of sulphur cosmos, and I mistakenly assumed that meant that’s what kind of flowers these would be. I’m not disappointed with the pink, carmine and white variety, but I was anticipating something different.
And in a way, I got that, too. Look at the curly business the internal flower petals are getting up to. Isn’t that fabulous and fantastical?
Summer’s here: expect the Unexpected.