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  1. Ceri Macfarlane
    August 17, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Interesting thoughts but Cosmos astrosanguinius is not an annual, it’s a tender perennial, fully hardy where I live in South Wales.

  2. Dragonfly
    August 17, 2012 @ 6:27 am

    Ive never thought to collect chocolate cosmos seeds – doh! Will certainly be doing that this year.
    Great selection of plants. I have a ‘hedge’ of cornus alba in my front garden. It is a great filler for my cut flowers.

    • Judi Samuels
      August 17, 2012 @ 7:37 am

      That sounds lovely Dragonfly! Um, not sure about the seeds on a Cosmos.. mixed reviews. Plants may be sterile and so not produce seed and when they do, the next generation may not come true. So, I suggest we have a back-up plan by dividing the root stock next spring. I am going to keep an eye out for the spent flowers and capture those seeds… plant them up and see what happens.. ;-)

    • Judi Samuels
      August 17, 2012 @ 7:41 am

      Hi Dragonfly, I forgot to mention cuttings.. if you know of anyone with this plant, you could take cuttings and over winter them in the greenhouse until planting them out after the frosts have passed. Good luck and let me know how you get on.. Judi.. :-)

  3. Ben
    August 16, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    Indeed…wonderful stuff…it’s about time I grew cosmos astrosanguinius….can’t wait! :)

    • Judi Samuels
      August 16, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      I hope you do Ben.. I’m sure they’ll be a top seller! :-)

  4. Simon
    August 16, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    Lovely blog Judi, you are showing off your plant knowledge by cramming in so many sensory treats all year round from just a handful of plants. Thank you for the Cosmos astrosanguinius this year and I agree, the scent is unbelievable! Shame it can’t be bottled ..

    • Judi Samuels
      August 16, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      Mmm.. essence of chocolate.. yummy :-) x

  5. Suzymac
    August 16, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Really useful, interesting article. Look forward to more of the same from creative gardener Judi!