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Art Show: Flower of the Month: Cosmos

COSMIC EVENT - EBSQ SHOW

by Cyra R. Cancel

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Art: COSMIC EVENT - EBSQ SHOW by Artist Cyra R. Cancel
I love to draw my Cats with flowers, so I wanted to participate again. :) Look the information that I found regarding the COSMOS FLOWERS. I hope you like it too. ;) BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT THE COSMOS FLOWERS: How would you like to own a universe? This will probably never happen but you can grow a plant which produces "showy flowers" in an "orderly arrangement of cosmic proportions". Cosmos is the flower you should grow. Spanish priests grew cosmos in their mission gardens in Mexico. The evenly placed petals led them to christen the flower "Cosmos," the Greek word for harmony or ordered universe. Cosmos, like many of our warm weather annuals such as marigolds, originated in Mexico and South America. THE TOP TEN REASONS EVERYONE SHOULD BE GROWING COSMOS ARE: #10 -- Cosmos is one of the easiest-to-grow flowers in Texas and is generally a pest-free annual. # 9 -- Cosmos is THE BEST annual for Hot, Dry Locations # 8 -- Cosmos is THE BEST annual for Poor Soils # 7 -- Cosmos is a self-seeding annual # 6 -- Cosmos is an annual which can be direct - seeded into the planting area # 5 -- Cosmos flowers can be used as Cut Flowers. Freshly cut cosmos blooms make a bright airy bouquet. An arrangement of cosmos can last for 7 - 10 days. Select flowers whose petals have just unfolded; they will open fully once cut. Cut the flowers in the morning when their water content is highest and immediately place them in a deep container of tepid water. Before arranging, strip foliage from the lower portion of the stems. If leaves are submerged under water, they will decay quickly, shortening the life of the bouquet. # 4 -- Cosmos flowers are suitable for drying. There are many summer flowering annuals which are excellent for drying. Marigold, salvia, cosmos, zinnia, coreopsis and gloriosa daisy are among the most popular and make fine dried specimens. A complete description of how to dry flowers can be found at: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/ misc/dryflrs.html # 3 -- Cosmos are suitable for backgrounds and screens. Mid-sized varieties add anairy note when interplanted with evergreen shrubs. Edge a garden path or driveway with medium height cosmos in pastel or bright hues. Because they bloom so freely all summer and into early fall, cosmos is recommended for these highly visible areas. # 2 -- Cosmos attracts birds and butterflies such as (Monarch - Danaus plexippus) AND, THE NUMBER 1 REASON everyone should grow cosmos is -- Growing cosmos is as close as any of us will ever come to actually causing a "cosmic event" but it will be easy for ANY of us to produce showy flowers in an orderly arrangement of cosmic proportions. Used Artagain/Strathmore 60lbs. paper with Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils/Watercolor/Soft Pastels/Glitter.

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