The plot cosmos…

have done really well again this year and are still flowering, with one plant only starting late last week.

There is an patch of taller self-seeders which are mostly in various colour combinations of pink, red and white.


In another area I’ve grown the knee-high variety Sonata White for the first time in preference to the much taller Purity. I’ve been well pleased with them so saved plenty of seed for next year when I hope to grow lots more.

Along with these I grew the low growing bushy yellow Xanthos which have much smaller flowers.

It was damp and dull yesterday but much better today, although a touch chilly.  Next week looks like being mostly dry and sunny again with temperatures reaching the low 20’s C (low 70’s F) by mid-week.

Have a good week!


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22 Responses to The plot cosmos…

  1. CJ says:

    Cosmos are the best aren’t they, and great for bees late in the year. On a warm day the flowers will still no doubt be a magnet for them. My neighbour has some fantastic white ones at the moment that must be nearly 6′ tall. I love how they flower on and on and on. Have a good week Flighty. CJ xx

  2. Nichola x says:

    Cosmos have been my stars this year! They are an amazing plant & I’ve left mine to go to seed to collect ready for next year. You have some beautiful varieties on your plot xx

  3. Jade says:

    Always a pleasure seeing your cosmos in bloom, especially that Sonata White. Also those little yellow Xanthos flowers. Such pretties they all are!
    Thanks and same to you!

  4. Liz says:

    Do the cosmos seed you collect and resow stay true to colour? I have a patch of a pretty orange variety near my back door, so I may be good and collect some seed. You’ve spurred me on!

    • Flighty says:

      Liz yes they do. I’m guessing your orange ones are cosmos sulphureus, which I don’t grow, rather than cosmos bipinnatus. I would say collect some seed and give them a try. xx

  5. Jo says:

    Cosmos are such pretty flowers but usually do really well too. I usually grow Purity but they can get a bit leggy so I shall have to give Sonata White a go. I like the colour of the Xanthos.

  6. snowbird says:

    Just beautiful, all of

  7. Great blog, I love cosmos too. I’m interested to know that one of yours didn’t start flowering til last week as I have the same thing and find it very strange! It’s got lots of buds though x

    • Flighty says:

      Wendy thanks, and good for you. I find that they do flower well into autumn if the weather is good, as it has been. Mine too, so let’s hope they flower. xx

  8. Cosmos are so cheerful! I am always torn however by a desire to keep them flowering by dead heading them and leaving the seed heads to mature for next years seed!🌸🌸🌸

  9. Carrie Gault says:

    Happy happy cosmos, oh how I adore the pure white and the candyfloss pink ones. We haven’t any room for them now but it’s a delight to see yours xx

  10. nikkipolani says:

    We’ve got some lovely light rain, but will be back in the 80s next week. Sigh. Nice you have such a variety of cosmos.

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