I know you have all seen a cosmos flower - whatever your regional name may be - but these are different. I stumbled upon these "hybrids" at Magoebaskloof ("kloof" = ravine) Hotel in South Africa. Note how the pink was progressively introduced to the border of the white petals and I tried to illustrate this from left to right until the petals are almost red and just a hint of the white remains. May these flowers brighten up your day.
I want to dedicate this to PJ and Di for their love of flowers - well I had to because I made a comment about "boring flowers" and hereby a peace offering, LOL!
Thank you for all your visits and comments, especially Knersis with his informative comment about Cycads:
Jan 4, 2007 2:53:58 pmby Laelia Homepage »
A lovely compo, Piet and good dedi ..
Don't know why I have to browse the Photo'gallerie and didn't
be notified you uploaded that compo...? R'r ...!
Flora of Zimbabwe, that Bidens Formosa looks similar at
osteospermum ... here Bidens are smaller and white or yellow
Just read that Bidens are protected in Canada
q:)Have a nice Friday & week end
Jan 4, 2007 3:21:56 pmby antong Homepage »
Well presented Piet! You must have had loads of fun looking and photographing the different cosmos. I have never seen these hybrids before. I have only seen the white, pink and red (scarce) ones, but not these vignetted hybrids. I always find it strange that they grow abundantly right next to the roads. I must admit that the forth one in your sequence is strickingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing this!
Jan 4, 2007 4:34:42 pmby rainbows Homepage »
Oh! Oom, I adore the cosmos flower, it grows so easily here, just sprinkle the seed!! and pooofff!! a glorious garden :-) Yes, you are right they are different, with you. Still as beautiful as ever. Thank you my dear, Part Time Angel, for this glorious bouquet!! I shall treasure, forever :-) these pinks!!!!! HUUUUUGGGGSSS. Di Di. PS. Oom, your flowers are never, ever boring... Talk beauty beyond belief ;-)!!! Huge, Woo hoo!!!!
Jan 4, 2007 4:52:59 pmby MrsLubner Homepage »
Sir, this is so lovely. I love Cosmos and its one of the flowers that never seems to do well for me! Honestly.
Wild? Grows Wild? Maybe that's my problem... I pamper my flowers to DEATH. LOL. I love the comparison and progression in breeding. Just stellar.
Thank you, Piet, for your kind thoughts. You have shown us and yourself that flower shots are not boring unless the photographer is. It always shows in a shot if the shooter's heart is in it or not.
Jan 4, 2007 7:08:50 pmby VelvetMoxie Homepage »
These are simply lovely, Piet! I've grown cosmos here, but no changes like this occurred so I guess I had the wrong variety, LOL! I love how you have shown the color progression; as with your animal shots you have a way of making the viewer feel like they're right there watching!