pretty petals – cosmos

August 29, 2013

Welcome to week seventeen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy where you will learn about a variety of very special blooms. The summer is winding down and the gardens are bursting with cosmos – let’s check it out!

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We have been enjoying the company of cosmos this month for bridal work. Cosmos is the perfect match for the uncontrived, natural trend that has held strong throughout the 2013 wedding season. Both the blooms and the foliage of this marvelous annual garden flower provide a whimsical, bouncy feel to a bridal bouquet. Because it is available in both subtle and strong shades, we have been lucky enough to incorporate it into numerous weddings this year.

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Cosmos can grow as high as four feet high, so it comes as no surprise that they are from the same family as sunflowers. The name cosmos comes from the Greek language meaning balanced universe. They are native to Mexico but are widely grown throughout North America as an annual bedding plant. Despite the fact that cosmos have a short lifecycle (spring until they are killed off frost), they are self-seeders and will keep regenerating year after year. Simply put, cosmos are one of the easiest annual plants to grow! The flowers are most commonly in shades of white, pink, and scarlet, but can also be found in orange and yellow as well.

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An oversized vase stuffed full of this wonderful flower and foliage is one of the simplest, yet most beautiful specimens. Having said that, a single stem in a tiny bud vase is equally as wonderful. Unfortunately, cosmos is not a long lasting flower once removed from the plant – you will likely get about 5 days or so. The blooms do however, last an incredibly long time on the plant. If you are a flower lover, we highly recommend growing this bushy annual in your garden so you can enjoy freshly cut flowers all summer long!