“Let’s go wait out in the fields of the ones we love…” ~The National
As the flowers wind down for the year, petals shriveling, stems and leaves hunched against the chilly October mornings, the Cosmos is still radiant, shooting up new growth. Flower buds keep forming, despite the colder temperatures and shortened days.
I like that Cosmos never gives up. Once they get going, it’s on, boy, ’til the frost comes. I love the lacy texture of their leaves and their sunny dispositions. Combined with a blue October sky, they’re a sign from the universe that life can be good. The bees and butterflies love ’em too.
And I like the name. “Cosmos” from the Greek kosmos, meaning harmony or balance–We can all use a little (or a lot) of that. Some might argue that a patch of Cosmos might better represent chaos, with their gangly habits and wild growth, but if you look closely you’ll notice an even number of petals on each flower, a beautiful symmetry, and maybe even the mysteries of the universe unraveled in their faces.
This is our first time growing the tubular-petaled Cosmos bipinnatus, Seashells. It won’t be the last. We’re already plotting how to fit more into the landscape for next year.
What’s your favorite variety of Cosmos? They’re all so beautiful, its hard to choose…