Tuesday's Visual Treat - Day 2/Flowers That Make Me Swoon

Peeps,


Cosmos make me so happy cause they are just so darn pretty.  Seemingly carefree (like teenage girls on summer vacation) and always swaying with the slightest wind (like teenage girls on summer vacation walking down the board-walk), surprisingly drought-tolerant cosmos keep their luster during the heat of the summer months and right up into the first cool evenings of the fall season.  Producing an abundance of 2-3 inch blossoms amidst wispy, fern-like leaves on tall sturdy stems, the blossoms range in colors such as white/yellow/gold/scarlet/lemon-yellow/pink/rose/maroon/chocolate-maroon.  Quite easy to grow from seed and fast growers; under favorable conditions they will self-seed and return year after year.  Breath-taking in the wild-flower, natural or perennial garden, tall cosmos give a lift to an otherwise low and heavy bed, and will elicit accolades from passersby, looks of envy from the next door biddy who every year without fail stubbornly crams red and white geraniums in two blue plastic tubs on either side of her front-door and completes the ensemble with petal-shaped banner flags bought on sale at Joann's Fabrics (which really makes the neighborhood look a little less VA and more WV).  Best of all, cosmos are highly attractive to to wildlife, so your place will be quite popular with butterflies and hummingbirds.  A win-win situation for everyone, right Mary??  
Enjoy another beautiful day tomorrow and thanks for tuning into the (visual treat) peep-show.

Sincerely,
Shane

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