It has been written previously that the color orange is a favorite here. Especially during summertime when the hot colors can stand up to the overdose of light produced by the sun’s rays so close to the earth at our longitude and latitude. Easily grown from seed, in fact seed is about the only way to grow this one, is Cosmos sulphureus ‘Cosmic Orange’. You can see from the package that this was not expensive mail ordered from a seed specialty house quality assured product. But still…..The design plan was a filler for the species tulip bed by the edge of the path at the top of the stairs by the garage deck after those bulbs had gone dormant. The shrubs and perennials that share the space include butterfly weed, gaillardias, daylilies, tall garden phlox, shasta daisies, butterfly bushes and a pee gee hydrangea standard, among many other plants. A compact orange flowered long blooming annual would fit the criteria perfectly seedwise and colorwise. The seeds were sown.A few seeds were sprinkled on the tulip bed by the pond along the wall also. There was some squirrel shenanigans in that spot and only one plant was produced. It is lonely but lovely.How can what happened in the path bed be described to you? The health and vigor of the cosmos is not in question. The color is as claimed. There are seeds for saving too.Here is the view from the garage deck ramp. Do you notice anything ususual about this bed and the cosmos?The choice of the Cosmic Orange was a good one. Except for one thing…They are eight feet tall. For perspective, a volunteer came forward to be photographed next to the cosmos. She is five feet four and three quarters inches tall. Our recent houseguest, good and dear friend and fellow Tennessee garden blogger, Gail of Clay and Limestone agreed to help show the ridiculous stature of a plant meant to enhance the stone edging of this path crossroads with a height of twelve inches. Thanks Gail, for making the long drive to come vist the garden and me. I loved having you here.
There will be a proper post about the fun Gail and I had during her stay coming soon.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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