Garden: I wish I had a field to sow entirely with cosmos. Those gorgeous, sunny, swaying flowers would seed and reseed into a blanket of gold that would cover acres if allowed.
But in the tiny space allotted to me, they have pushed their limits and infringed on the verbena, basil, dianthus, tickseed, and anything that doesn't top their height. Milkweed does well as it grows taller, but low growing plants, where are they?
Looking for the verbena, dianthus, or even angelonia, I part those delicate stems of the cosmos and there, overlooked and forgotten, are the low-growing kin.
This is my fault, of course. First, by helping the plants by gathering and flinging their seeds everywhere a couple of years ago, then by failing to thin them, tacitly giving permission for a cosmos takeover.
The unpleasant task of pulling up healthy, blooming cosmos has been mine. And all the associated guilt. But look there is the fountain, visible again!
Much more needs to be done. I'm going to do some re-figuring and hope for better luck next year. I love the cosmos and lantana, but they take up so much of the limited available space in such a tiny garden area. They have to stay--because I love them and they are so attractive to butterflies and bees, but I am going to have to learn to contain them. Self-discipline is not my strong suit. It is difficult to resist those blooms, to cut and trim, and pull up seedlings that are so determined to survive.
Mail: I'm catching up on correspondence, and I'm in a Halloween mood.
French artist's work is off the wall!