Melancholic Cosmos. / Kosmos in Suid-Afrika by Elizabeth Kendall

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Ons weet almal kosmos is eintlik ’n indringerplant en oorspronklik van Amerika, maar dis ook ’n bekende en lieflike gesig oral langs ons paaie in Suid-Afrika: Kosmos is genadeblomme, jy saai nie, plant nie, gee nie water nie maar as jy kyk staan hul langs die pad, ’n lus vir die oog.
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A postcard
Ek deel graag ’n gedig deur my oorlede Ma (Maureen Grobler) geskryf oor dié mooiste blommetjies:
Vroeg Maart verras ’n kosmos my
al wuiwend langs die pad,
die somer gaan te gou verby-
Hier groet die najaar my so bly!
Dou, skitterend, blinknat.

In Maartmaand kantel kleure bont
al waaiend in die wind;
met najaar dwaal gedagtes rond-
Kom lê soet woorde in my mond:
’k het soveel vreug gevind.

Soos kosmoskleure pers en wit
al swaaiend om my heen,
het stilte in my hart kom sit
’n vrede sag en kinderlik
soos najaars milde reën.

A laminated print
Genus Cosmos has about 20 species of annual and perennial plants in the Asteraceae family, the family of sunflowers, Daisies and Asters. Cosmos genus includes, Cosmos bipinnatus, commonly known as Mexican Aster and Cosmos sulphureus, Yellow Cosmos , and Cosmos atrosanguineus Chocolate Cosmos.

A card
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Growing Cosmos flowers
•Sow the cosmos seeds directly just before the last frost.
•Give 12 inches of space between the plants.
•Spread the cosmos seeds over freshly turned bare soil.
•Press the seed into the dirt, and do not cover the seed.
•Cosmos seeds germinate quickly.
•Cosmos plants normally grow to 4-5 feet in a season.
•Most of the Cosmos varieties are annuals, but there are perennial varieties also.
•Perennial varieties of cosmos are Rhizomes and can be propagated by division.
Caring Cosmos flowers
•Spent flowers should be deadheaded regularly, as it keeps cosmos in bloom for many weeks.
•Overfertilizing and overwatering reduces the flower production.
•Cosmos flower plants are drought tolerant but water Cosmos plants during long dry spells.
•After the plants die after the first frost, remove them, and keep as compost, which helps as mulch for the next year plants.
Waterpaint on 200 gsm paper

A framed print

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    The flowers fairly JUMP OUT at one against that lovely blue back-ground Liz! Beautifully done! And it makes a great card!

  • Thanks so much Maree!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • jatro
    jatroabout 4 years ago

    nice! I think I should use some watercolor next time.haha..Great job!

  • Thanks Jatro! Enjoy!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Luda, also for the fav!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Wendy  Chapman
    Wendy Chapmanabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous. Makes a beautiful card.

  • Thanks Wendy, so glad you like it!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    Great fun palette for this one!

  • Oh yes! Thanks Ken!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 4 years ago

    This is lovely Elizabeth, I have got the first four lines, am working on the rest. Based upon the fact that it is truly an international dweller, all colours and forms etc. I will get there. Meanwhile I will enjoy your beautiful painting. Alma

  • My personal poet!! How glad I am to see you here in my cosmos garden!! ;-) Thanks so much dear Alma, I’m looking forward !

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 4 years ago

    beautiful..gorgeous flowers..well done!

  • Thanks so much Catherine!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    Stunning artwork!

  • Thanks Magaret, much appreciated!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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    Mariaan Maritz...about 4 years ago
  • Thanks Mariaan!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonabout 4 years ago

    Very pretty Elizabeth! take care, Linda

  • Thank you Linda, much appreciated!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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