The Head Gardener and I took a few moments to relax in the back garden earlier, sipping an insouciant little Sauvignon Blanc, and gazing at the lone cosmos bloom in dismay ... it's a lovely bloom but we had rather hoped to see more than ONE bloom given that we sowed 4 or 5 packets of seed this summer. We do not know what happened to the rest of the seeds but are fully cognizant that they may lie dormant until next summer when we will be inundated with cosmos. There is no picture of it because the Head Gardener failed to remind me it should be documented. Or I failed to remind her. Whatever.
We then betook ourselves to stroll out front for a moment and I'm so glad we did. I did a double take when I saw this cheery Chocolate Cherry sunflower ... but as the HG reminded me, we also sowed a few packets of sunflower seeds sometime in mid-summer. The Lone Sunman, the Head Gardener calls it. She disagrees with my identification of the variety: she believes it's Autumn Beauty instead. What do y'all think?
A note re the weather: the coolth is slowly but steadily diminishing and we are told it could hit 90 degrees later this week before another front moves through. I'm practicing remaining stoic in the face of adversity should this happen. The HG, however, has other ideas: she plans to decamp to New York City next weekend and enjoy some REAL fall weather!