October 4, 2011
Cosmos Double Click Cranberries
This year I ordered seeds for a new color of cosmos in the Double Click series - cranberry. Even though our very cool spring slowed down germination and growth - and they were planted in part shade, which slowed them down even more - I finally saw some flowers starting last month.
The deep crimson color is almost exactly the same shade as my 'William Shakespeare 2000' roses. Very romantic.
While most of the flowers are large and very double, a few of the small plants in shady areas put out simple flowers like the one above.
A few years ago I grew Double Click Rose Bonbon cosmos, which were a lighter pink. They grew like crazy since they had plenty of sun and warmth that year.
All of the cosmos in the Double Click series get to be 4 ft tall by 2 ft wide and bloom from summer until frost. They do best in full sun with regular water, but can handle most any type of soil.
I'm hoping that a few of these flowers have time to form seeds for next year. This is a flower I'd like to keep around.