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Seeds of Wisdom

  • "It is always exciting to open the door and go out into the garden for the first time on any day." Marion Cran
  • "When in the fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness." Celia Thaxter
  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero
  • "He who owns a garden, However small it be, Whose hands have planted in it Flower or bush or tree; He who watches patiently The growth from nurtured sod, Who thrills at newly opened bloom Is very close to God." Katherine Edelman
  • "Like a big mountain, a small garden stimulates, restores, and delights us, just as it poses challenges, promotes mastery, provides exercise and relieves monotony." Winifred Gallagher
  • "Though an old man I am but a young gardener." Thomas Jefferson
  • "A garden is never so good as it will be next year." Thomas Cooper
  • "Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." Eizabeth Murray
  • "God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done." Author Unknown


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Such lovely texture and color!


I do like the foliage of cosmos, but they bloom so late!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens


Hi Felicia -- I agree! I love the way the foliage is so "fine" but the overall feel is casual and folksy. These have a great wildflower feel and effect. I was supposed to thin these out when they were much younger, but in my cottage garden efforts (and the experience with the lobelia in the same garden which I planted according to directions but turned out to have way too much space in between) I let them overcrowd.

Carol, I'm not sure if these will bloom at all this season. I just checked the seed packet and it lists the length of time for seed germination but not for blooming. This is my first year to plant cosmos, and I planted the seeds late, so it's a bit of an experiment to see if/when they'll produce flowers. I did put some small cosmo plants in this garden earlier in the season, and they had a nice long blooming season which I greatly enjoyed. But I'm realizing that if the plants sown from seed never blossom, there's no way for them to self-sow for next year. So my fingers are crossed, my eyes are peeled, and I'll be thrilled to report it if some buds appear.

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