Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Stroll - Waiting for the Cosmos

Most of the flower varieties that I grow in my gardens have already blossomed. I am waiting now only for the Cosmos (the flower variety, not the universe!) While I wait, even the mums are already opening; a sign of autumn's approach.

The boy's garden this year is a happy tangle of vegetables and flowers pulled at random from my seed box and scattered across one end of Limerick’s large garden plot. In that rambunctious quarter of the garden, sunflowers are tended by long-legged arachnids, and pumpkins are blooming aside morning glories which look as if they were lit from within.

Nature makes her own bouquets. Along side the vegetable garden in a strip of earth missed by both the lawn mower and the rotitiller, queen anne's lace blooms amid wild mustard, chicory and thistle. Even the tomatoes form a bouquet of color as some ripen earlier than others.

Bouquets are forming in the perennial garden also, of autumn mums and the still-blooming marigolds planted in early summer. Butterfly bush, bronze fennel and purple cone flowers form a chaos of butterfly-friendly color.

As I walk, clouds roll softly above me and the hills roll slowly beneath my feet. All the while, in movements too subtle for my impatient human eyes, the cosmos buds roll slowly, softly outward toward that wider, greater cosmos.

Where-ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.

all photos by Aisling, August 23, 2009


Nan said...

I think my cosmos were in too rich soil this year. I put them in the raised beds in the vegetable garden and the foliage is out of this world, but no flowers. I've been cutting them down because they've taken over the space. Except for the little orange and yellow 'bright lights.' They look fantastic - maybe because they aren't so tall? I'm not strolling this week, but again I thank you for offering this wonderful weekly event, Aisling.

Cloudhands said...

Glorious, delightful. Love the boys style of gardening. Lucky lads even get help from the spiders. What a beautiful morning glory. Glorious indeed.

Pom Pom said...

Thank you for the joyful wish, Aisling! I couldn't take my Sunday stroll today - way too hot! So, I am enjoying the weekend. Tomorrow the students arrive so I am watching a movie and taking it easy! I cut some cosmos today and also realized the yellow squash are way too prolific! Enjoy your break. Do lots of reading and writing! xopp

Aisling said...

Nan, My buds are just beginning to form on my beautiful cosmos foliage. This is typical timing here... One year I wrote about how the Japanese consider cosmos their "autumn cherry blossoms." So, I wonder if the birhgt lights bloom earlier and the others might if you waited a while longer?

You're welcome! I'm glad you come by to see the stroll, even when you aren't posting a stroll. :)

Aisling said...


The boys just threw their seeds everywhere, then their Dad defined the rows by tilling a walking path every few feet. It is a unique style, but is proving to be bountiful and lovely. :)

Aisling said...

Pom Pom,

It sounds like your yellow squash are doing their impersonation (vegetablation?) of zucchini. lol.

Enjoy your quiet weekend before the student days begin! And enjoy those students when you see them, as I know you will.

Toneation said...

I first come to your blog and see many flower , I feel good . I'm from Thailand , i will show you flower in country in my blogs. My name is tone ,
see you.

Aisling said...

Welcome... I'm sorry that I can't access your blog.

Blessed With Four said...

so what am I doing wrong if my tomatoe plants are blooming little yellow flowers but no fruit is producing? I fed the miracle grow granuales and used miracle potting soil - maybe my thumb is just not green? sigh, yours look beautiful and yummy Aisling :o)

Beautiful pics as always

your friend in FL

Aisling said...


I wonder if yours will just be coming along a little later? Have some of the flowers finished and dropped off? If so, what has happened in the spot where the flower was (where the fruit normally forms)? I've never had that happen, but we got a really slow start this year. That reddish one in the photo is the first to ripen out of three long rows.

I have to give my hubby credit for the vegetable garden this year. I helped a bit, especially in the planning phase, but he has been the one to keep up with it this year while I took summer classes.

Thank you for your nice comments, as always!