In early spring I posted about our Blue Spruce, here, needing to be cut down because of dieback. This photo was taken this morning after a day of rain yesterday, hurrah.
Trees and shrubs that are plated include: Pinus flexilis x' Domingo'(Pine Domingo), two Picea abies 'Nidiformis' (Nest Spruce), a Juniperus x pfitzeriana 'Aurea Improved' (Gold Coast Juniper), a David Austin Rose 'Ausblush', a native St. John's Wort, and a Minute Weigela. Perennials include: Shasta Daisy, Iris, Basket of Gold, Lavender, Tree Peony, Purple Conflower, Phlox (tall and creeping). Right now they are all babies so I have planted annuals which include geraniums, alyssum, portulaca and cosmos. The cosmos seeds were from Renee's Garden and as you can see in the above photo some are as tall as the pine, which is 6 feet tall.
This cosmos is called Dancing Petticoats. It is an offspring from 'Seashells' which has dainty tubular petals, 'Psyche' whose semi-double frilled blossoms are like softly ruffled crowns and 'Versailles' the aristocratic florist cosmos with perfect form and rich colour. Dancing Petticoats comes in apple blossom pink, deep magenta, soft rose and pure white, some with deeper coloured centres. It is easy care and blooms non-stop.
A smaller variety Butterfly Cosmos called Little Ladybirds is also a carefree bloomer with semi-double flowers on short, open branching plants that spread as wide as they are tall. The bright coloured blossoms come in crayola orange, clear butter yellow and rich scarlet.
I am going to let some go to seed at the end of the summer and hopefully they will self seed next year.
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