Cosmos and sunflowers…

are among my favourite flowers but neither have really done as well as I hoped this year.

Cosmos 'Gloria'


I think that this is a cosmos bipinnatus Gloria but it’s only a foot high with a few flowers that are just a couple of inches diameter, rather than three feet with flowers bigger than a CD.



Cosmos 'Xanthos'



The yellow cosmos bipannatus Xanthos  is another small plant and flower,  but they have been flowering all summer. I’ll hopefully collect some seed and try again next year.




Yellow sunflower


These sunflowers (helianthus annuus) have flowered during the past week.

This all yellow one is waist high with a small saucer sized flower.

The one below with a dark centre is over six feet high but with an equally small flower.



A sunny sunflower

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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30 Responses to Cosmos and sunflowers…

  1. Awesome update many thanks for sharing and have a blessed day

  2. Jo says:

    I love that yellow cosmos, such a pretty colour. My tall sunflowers haven’t done well this year either, I’m glad I planted some dwarf ones otherwise I’d have been without.

  3. Liz says:

    Even though your cosmos are shorter and have smaller blooms than usual, they are still pretty. And those glorious helianthus — just to look at them makes me smile! Have a good weekend too!

  4. menhir1 says:

    Planted Cosmos first time this year, I don’t know which type. Lots of fern leaf growth, not much height and no sign of flowers. Might be too late now. Yours are very pretty. The flowers are a useful sign of our differing weather patterns this year.

  5. Caro says:

    My cosmos have been the same. I was expecting a real show of colour but they’ve struggled to reach a foot high. Pity as I planted 3 different shades of pink,hoping for a dramatic display! They’re still very beautiful though and in such lovely eye catching shades. Better to have short flowers than none at all!! Have a good weekend! Caro xx

  6. Joanne says:

    Mine have struggled too, very short this year & so few of them. My neighbour has a couple of tall sunflowers though xx

  7. CJ says:

    I’ve just got a handful of self-seeded cosmos this year, and my sunflowers are really short for some reason. I like the yellow one, most unusual. CJ xx

    • Flighty says:

      CJ I guess that the weather is to blame. Me too, it seems that many prefer to grow other colours so they’re not seen as often as they should be. xx

  8. pianolearner says:

    I’ve enjoyed seeing Xanthos on The Cut Flower Patch this year. Its a very pretty one.

  9. Doris Potter says:

    Such cheery “faces”! 🙂

  10. nikkipolani says:

    At least you got some lovely photos, even if these haven’t been prolific for you. The heat did a number on my cosmos — they were small and very short-lived. I think they won’t even reseed. Perhaps I’ll sow more once we cool down a bit.

  11. wellywoman says:

    Xanthos is a very pretty one – one of my favourites this year. My cosmos have been good this year but I tend to start them off a bit earlier in late April and then plant out. I think because we had such a cool spring it has taken lots of things a while to get going and it has been quite dry in some places. Although we’re making up for it now in Wales. August hasn’t been very summer -like at all. Hope you get a chance to get to the plot this weekend. xx

  12. elaine says:

    My Cosmos have grown really tall and are nearly all dark pink out of a packet of mixed colours. Unfortunately some of them haven’t even got buds on yet – not sure what is happening there. It’s been a funny old year.

  13. Glo says:

    So lovely that your cosmos grew, even if shorter than expected! Sure brightens up the day to see colourful flowers, and your Sunflower is very cheery indeed.

  14. snowbird says:

    Your cosmos and sunflowers are lovely, what a shame they didn’t grow very tall, mine have been stunted too, I think the unpredictable weather has much to answer for!xxx

  15. Carrie says:

    I have my beautiful white cosmos but oh woe is me! I didn’t get any sunflowers planted this year. Yours are stunning! xx

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