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Thursday, 8 September 2011
I like to grow Cosmos from seed every year in the cutting garden as it is so easy and gives good value for money, flowering right until the first frosts. It is long-lasting in a vase and comes in pale pink, deep pink and white. But this year hasn't been so good. I'm going to blame the weather again. In a mixed packet of seed it has thrown up this deviation, a flower with rolled petals (it may be from the Shell series). To be honest, I'm not sure if I really like it, and don't think I will save the seed from this plant. Due to the windy weather I had to pick the blooms in order to photograph them.
The other surprise is the re-flowering of the Weigela, this variety is praecox variegata which has leaves with creamy-white margins. I grew this one from a cutting, and it normally flowers in early spring, which it did, but it has decided to give a second showing for autumn. What a weird gardening year it has been. Have any of your flowers sprung any surprises?