I have one lonely Cosmos plant that took root in my garden, and then fell over because it was so tall and heavy that it needed to be propped up. I thought it wouldn’t flower after falling over, but it did produce three lovely flowers, obviously much loved by these pesky beetles that eat holes in every flower they find!

Interesting info: Historians believe that the seeds of the flower, originally from Mexico, were brought in with bags of horse-feed for the English troops during the Anglo-Boer War.

Camera: Kodak EasyShare C195
Location : In my garden, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coover 2 years ago

    How lovely …… such delightful flowers, the way they would elegantly stand amongst the shorter flowers in the garden. I hope this one seeds itself all over your garden, Maree, for next year :)

  • Thank you Alenka! And yes, that would be wonderful, flowers for free!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    They are such beautiful flowers Maree… great capture with the beetles…

  • Thank you very much Andrea! And yes, those beetles are everywhere this time of the year.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 2 years ago

    A beautiful capture, Maree ….. Cosmos always look so fragile.

  • They do Brenda, and yet they’re so strong at the same time. Thank you for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 2 years ago

    So mooi, tot selfs die goggatjies!! Ons het heelwat kosmos langs die pad gesien van Lydenburg af tot hier, eintlik meer na Middelburg se kant toe. Jy’s gelukkig, ek het nie eers een in my tuin nie!

  • Baie dankie! Die saadjie is seker deur ’n voëltjie ingebring en hopelik sal hulle nou volgende jaar weer opkom.

    – Maree Clarkson

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