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Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  martha on Sun 12 Oct 2014 - 14:15

Planted cosmos last year as part of companion planting/attracting beneficials. I was pleased to see volunteers this year. But they kept growing…and growing…and growing… with no flowers. Finally today - 




It's about 6' tall, the stalks are bigger than my thumb. Apparently this is pretty common with volunteer cosmos, but from my reading, I expected them to be orange, because those are the ones that tend to do this. 

I found it amusing - possibly it has to be in your own garden to be entertained!
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  camprn on Sun 12 Oct 2014 - 14:18

OOOOOOOooooh White and volunteers too. Very nice!

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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  Dunkinjean on Sun 12 Oct 2014 - 14:21

Beautiful flower and so tall!
I just bought some seeds to plant in the spring...
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  Marc Iverson on Sun 12 Oct 2014 - 14:53

I had no idea they got so big. I thought they were more like daisies.
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  martha on Sun 12 Oct 2014 - 18:08

Marc, they typically don't, but they also don't typically wait until mid-October to bloom!
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  Windmere on Mon 13 Oct 2014 - 6:33

I love volunteer flowers.  What a beauty you have!
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  martha on Mon 13 Oct 2014 - 9:12

Thank you, Windmere! If it stays warm enough long enough for all the buds to bloom, it will be dramatically gorgeous!
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I have some volunteers too... but they're babies

Post  Windmere on Thu 16 Oct 2014 - 13:37

Hi all.  I noticed I have some volunteer Diablo Cosmos that are the children of a volunteer that began to grow in spring.  Well, these "babies" are about 4 inches tall.  Are they doomed to die in the winter cold?  I've never had volunteer flowers this late in the seasons.  Does anyone have any advice regarding these volunteers?
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  yolos on Thu 16 Oct 2014 - 14:41

@Windmere wrote:Hi all.  I noticed I have some volunteer Diablo Cosmos that are the children of a volunteer that began to grow in spring.  Well, these "babies" are about 4 inches tall.  Are they doomed to die in the winter cold?  I've never had volunteer flowers this late in the seasons.  Does anyone have any advice regarding these volunteers?

They will probably die with the first freeze (mine do).  Are there any buds yet??  All of the flowers in my garden this year are volunteers from last year.  Marigolds and Cosmos.  They are growing in the aisles with bine bark nuggets covering over newspaper.  Very hardy.  All the flowers in the following pictures are late growing babies of volunteers that grew in the spring.


They are smaller than their parents I guess because they did not have any fertilizer or much water in the aisles.
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  martha on Fri 17 Oct 2014 - 8:54

But they are lovely, Yolos!

Here's how mine are doing today. Photo isn't great - I took it with my cell phone. What you can't see in the photo is the fact that the flowers are buzzing with huge amounts of honey bees! More than I saw all season!

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Guess they're doomed

Post  Windmere on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 10:29

Thank you yolos and martha for your responses.   Yes, I thought those poor cosmos of ours were doomed.  They are only about 5 inches high.  My daughter asked me to ask the forum... just in case there was a ray of hope.

There are now tiny larkspur seedlings coming up too.  Perhaps some of those seeds will got dormant like last year.

Well thanks again ladies.  Smile
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  Kelejan on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 13:07

@Windmere wrote:Thank you yolos and martha for your responses.   Yes, I thought those poor cosmos of ours were doomed.  They are only about 5 inches high.  My daughter asked me to ask the forum... just in case there was a ray of hope.

There are now tiny larkspur seedlings coming up too.  Perhaps some of those seeds will got dormant like last year.

Well thanks again ladies.  Smile

I wonder if you covered them with fall leaves they might survive and continue growing next year?
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  yolos on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 13:44

@Kelejan wrote:
@Windmere wrote:Thank you yolos and martha for your responses.   Yes, I thought those poor cosmos of ours were doomed.  They are only about 5 inches high.  My daughter asked me to ask the forum... just in case there was a ray of hope.

There are now tiny larkspur seedlings coming up too.  Perhaps some of those seeds will got dormant like last year.

Well thanks again ladies.  Smile

I wonder if you covered them with fall leaves they might survive and continue growing next year?

Most of the varieties of cosmos are annuals.
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/cosmos-perennial-57914.html
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  Windmere on Sat 18 Oct 2014 - 19:40

@yolos wrote:
@Kelejan wrote:
@Windmere wrote:Thank you yolos and martha for your responses.   Yes, I thought those poor cosmos of ours were doomed.  They are only about 5 inches high.  My daughter asked me to ask the forum... just in case there was a ray of hope.

There are now tiny larkspur seedlings coming up too.  Perhaps some of those seeds will got dormant like last year.

Well thanks again ladies.  Smile

I wonder if you covered them with fall leaves they might survive and continue growing next year?

Most of the varieties of cosmos are annuals.
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/cosmos-perennial-57914.html
Wow... I really like that chocolate cosmos yolos!  I'm imagining that planted with a Diablo Cosmos (bright orange) and then a Dwarf French Marigold - Queen Sophia - (burgundy/orange bicolor) in the foreground....  hmmmm

Thanks for that posting that link yolos.  And thanks Kelejan for your response.
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  AtlantaMarie on Sun 19 Oct 2014 - 5:21

Those look great, Martha!!  I'm glad they finally bloomed for you!
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They tried really hard...

Post  Windmere on Thu 13 Nov 2014 - 14:45

Well, today my wife took this picture of the volunteer cosmos from my daughter's raised bed.  I transplanted the four seedlings to a northeast facing spot next to a pine tree (hoping the tree could offer some shelter).  They have done valiantly well, up until now.  I think tonight will be then end of them.  Below is one of the little volunteers.

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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  martha on Sat 15 Nov 2014 - 18:36

Is that lentana off to the left? I love those!
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Left and right

Post  Windmere on Sun 23 Nov 2014 - 14:59

@martha wrote:Is that lentana off to the left? I love those!
Martha, sorry it took me so long to reply to your question.  On the left is a small chrysanthemum and on the right is dianthus.
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Re: Volunteer Cosmos - 1st bloom 10/12/2014!

Post  martha on Mon 24 Nov 2014 - 20:48

Thank you!
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