A gardener is never 'without' for long if another gardener is around. I have a shortage of cosmos this year. Only one plant seems to have grown and it isn't to the blooming stage yet. Last year had an abundance of them. As you can see above, though, I've had a recent fix!
Yesterday, I helped staff an information booth at the Renton River Days festival for Way Back Inn, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing for homeless families with children. While hunting for the street where I had parked my car, I realized I was close to the Renton Community Garden. I had visited before, but not this year. I didn't have my camera, but here is a recent article about it (hmmm... I wonder if they have greenhouse spots available).
First, I visited with a couple that were using hoop coverings to encourage those heat loving vegetables that stall out in our cool early summers. I hope to add some in the fall to extend the season so I'm gathering ideas. If this couple visits this blog, I hope they will e-mail me at spetunia(dot)msn(dot)com, especially if they would like to try burlap green coffee bags for weed blocking pathways or beds.
Then, when I admired another gardener's cosmos, she offered me some cuttings! She said no one plants them any more. They just appear everywhere and sometimes have to be discouraged. She always leaves some, though, as the bees like it so much (this is how borage is in my garden). So, now I have some bright cosmos spots in my summer bouquet.
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