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.

9 comments:

  1. Hi VW,

    They're gorgeous! Very nice indeed, it's a shame they've only just begun flowering for you though. Seems you have similar luck to me even though mine are always planted in a full sun border! lol.

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  2. Cosmos are amongst my fave flowers. The colour of that one is smashing!

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  3. Oh how gorgeous! I wonder if I can get my hands on some seed? My WS 2000 is covered in buds. SO EXCITED!

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  4. So pretty! Wonderful photos, as always. And I do love the color and its button head! Cosmos foliage is so great for contrast. Nice to know it is available in some new forms.

    Give the baby a squeeze for me :)

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  5. Śliczny ten kosmos.Chociaż się zbyt łatwo wysiewają i trochę jest z nimi kłopotu, to takiego chętnie bym do swojego ogródka przyjęła. Pozdrawiam

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  6. I just love the deep crimson color of the first Cosmos. So beautiful. That is a keeper. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Gorgeous! I still want to grow these. Maybe next year. I hope yours set seed for you.

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  8. I agree, plant more of these!!! Just gorgeous!

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  9. Never knew cosmos were available in such beautiful color, just loved them.

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