Cosmos in California

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Doug Welch posted a photo on his blog that he says he took yesterday on a walk. Yesterday? Sometimes I feel like I live on a different planet, and not just the other side of the same continent. This photo features cosmos blooming in abundance. I happen to like cosmos. But in my garden, it won’t bloom until late July, and that’s if I start the seed indoors before the last frost.

We’ve been having sunshine these last few days, which has been nice, but it still dips down to the single digits every night. So even though you can actually see patches of our driveway now, we still have that river of ice.

The birthday garden, which has a southern exposure, is mostly snow free and will probably yield the first snowdrop. I can see the bud in amongst the leaves. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when it finally blossoms!

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Don March 21, 2005, 4:40 pm

(from the other Don)…

Kathy, hang in there. We’re still about 10 degrees too cold for real spring to start — I am desparately tired of looking at bare trees and no green foilage except for evergreens. Surely, the warm earth will return.

Jesus Pinto March 18, 2005, 12:48 am

Hi kath. It’s me.. See ya soon.

jenn March 17, 2005, 8:24 pm

I’ll be waiting on that picture, Kathleen!

And Don, I loved your photos of the snowscapes and evergreens.

Douglas E. Welch March 17, 2005, 1:54 pm

Thanks for the ID on those flowers. I was lazy and didn’t look them up. I was more enamoured of the photo.

I am originally from Ohio, so I “feel your pain.” We were visiting over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday and it was like entering a long-fogotten world of cold, snow and heavy winter coats. I feel so distanced from that world now, after 19 years in Los Angeles.

Spring is on the way. I saw her sitting on the beach in Malibu gathering her strength. (SMILE)

Don March 17, 2005, 11:57 am

I complain about our Midwest winters, and then I stop by here, and feel like I’m developing a Southern accent. My snowdrops started blooming Feb. 5th and are still going strong. Have faith, though; once you see the snowdrop bud, they pop up in a matter of days with a little sun. Are your snowdrops elwesii, the greater snowdrop?
Don