Sunday, July 08, 2007

Chocolate cosmos in the scented garden

This is a Dark Flowered one, like Bournville Dark Chocolate...

The Chocolate Cosmos in the Mulched bed...

Flower in detail with jewelled centre..

The flower looks like it has had a slight dusting with confectioners sugar...

How great is Nature? Combining a perennial flower with the looks of a Dahlia, delicate sweet like centre, and reddish/brown Flowers that smell of Vanilla and Chocolate.
It is grown from a Tuber, so can be divided in the spring, or grown from seed. It is usually dug up and stored in a dry place, as a harsh winter would kill it.It likes full sun, and well drained soil I think.
I spent a long time inhaling the choclatey scent of these flowers, and have put on all my photos. I was going to buy a pot (£5.95) from the garden centre. I could not do it though in case the flat killed the plant. I need a garden of my own with soil.
The centres of the flowers look like a Joanne Harris inspired Sweet selection, Can imagine Vianne selling these in her Chocolat shop.
These have been on my wishlist, and to actually smell them is great.Its the first time I have ever seen them in the flesh :)
Chocolate and flowers...Heaven.

3 comments:

Karen said...

Okay, you've sold me on these. I've never seen this variety, but have seen other ordinary cosmos. I like the reference to Vianne in Chocolat. It just sells me on them even more. :-)

I'm not sure how I would overwinter them though...

snappy said...

Karen, the Tuber can be lifted from the soil and kept dry in a cool place over winter.Chocolat was one of my favourite books ever.I can remember reading it slowly, and desperately wanting chocolate to it as my mouth was watering!Vianne would love the Chocolate Cosmos near her shop to bring in more business :)

snappy said...

Karen, the Tuber can be lifted from the soil and kept dry in a cool place over winter.Chocolat was one of my favourite books ever.I can remember reading it slowly, and desperately wanting chocolate to it as my mouth was watering!Vianne would love the Chocolate Cosmos near her shop to bring in more business :)