Before this fall, I'd never seen a cosmos flower in real life. We planted them from seed and put the tiny fern-like seedlings in the ground haphazardly. In mid-summer they bloomed a single flower, and then the real growing began. The stems are all as thick as a hefty leek, and their bodies reach to my chest. All the sudden this fall, they bloomed in a fury. Hundreds of individual pink "comsoi."
Apparently this flower is native to Mexico where priests planted it in their gardens and gave it the name that means "an orderly and harmonious system." The universe wrapped up in one tiny yet infinite floral masterpiece...
Clearly I can't get enough of them and yet these photos do them no justice. If only I could share their delicate perfume with you. It's like rosebuds and honey.
How many of us want to be flower-farming-florists when we grow up?