Cosmos - One of My Favorite Annuals

When you are planning your gardens for 2010 and begin to think of what annuals to put in it give cosmos a look. It comes up easily from seed, blooms prolifically, seems to have few pest problems, attracts pollinators, and looks pretty darn good!

The flowers in the above and below pictures are from the same plant just taken at different times of the year. The above photo was in September and the one below was in November. What's not to like about plant that blooms into November? Since cosmos grows so easily from seed it makes sense to collect the seed each year and save if for the following year. Saving seed is a great way to reduce your gardening budget! I'm not a big fan of pink so I've ordered a few more varieties that I hope to add to the gardens in 2010. Tina sent me some seeds for an orange cosmos last year which bloomed but sadly I don't think I have a picture! A failure of blogging I won't repeat this season.

The red cosmos in the bottom picture was a resident of the self-seeding garden. I'm looking forward to seeing how many of the plants from that garden return from seed!

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