Triangle Garden: Come What May

sidewalk view

Sidewalk view

My little triangle garden is filling out nicely. It’s the end of May and the mystery seedlings finally revealed themselves. Surprisingly, only one of them turned out to be a Cosmo.


A single Cosmo

The purple flower with the dark center remains a mystery. I’ve tried a Google search by image and description, but can’t seem to get a hit. Any ideas? Just before it opens, the bud looks like a paper lantern.




Other than the Statice which wintered over and handful of transplanted pansies, the rest of the flowers ‘volunteered’ from last year.

I scattered a packet of seed mix in the remaining open spaces, hoping it all fills in with what the garden centers like to call ‘a riot of color.’  So far, purple rules the day.

Gardening from seeds is so darn fun.

Bachelor Buttons

Bachelor Buttons

18 thoughts on “Triangle Garden: Come What May

  1. Nope, no idea, but the bud is very pretty! Maybe you have supplied the right conditions for a new hybrid 🙂 A little mystery in the garden is a good thing I think – Or, if you really want to know, you will be able to sit on your front deck and regale passers by with queries about it 🙂

    Your house and garden look very pretty and well cared for!


    • Thank you, Pauline. The mystery has been resolved, so know trips to the patent office for me with a fancy request to register my hybrid. Hee!

      I often giggle when I see roses that say it’s forbideden to propagate. Don’t they know that seeds have a mind of their own?

      Don’t worry though, plenty of new mysteries await. Hopefully not of the buggy variety.

      Thanks for your lovely good wishes.


    • Thank you, Cathy. I looked them up the day you posted and that is indeed what they are. I did so many Google searches on ‘purple flowers with dark centers’ but that never came up. You’re brilliant!


  2. Looks great! I Love cosmos. I just bought two different kind of seeds to get them going in my garden again. What a lovely happy surprise by your sidewalk, and this is probably just the beginning of whats to show up. (?)


    • Ah…nice. Different flowers make me nostalgic too. My father grew snapdragons in our garden in Canada. My sister and I would race around pinching them open. There was always something to do in his garden. I still miss it some days.


  3. Looks like Cathy may have won the prize on that one. The whole section is looking like it’s ready to celebrate the summer. I am so inspired by all the color and flowers. You have wonderful curb appeal.:) If there are a few flowers missing one morning, they might be in a vase in my kitchen. 🙂


    • LOL, Marlene. How I wish you could drop by for a garden posy.

      Yes, it is filling in nicely, and with June comes more heat and more blooms.

      Cathy did indeed guess correctly. I’m so glad to have a name for the flowers, and a fun one too. Anne also suggested the same.


  4. I would also pump for love-in-the-mist. If it is, it has a great seed pod. Cosmos is such a gentle looking plant with its soft fronds waving in the breeze. I love how you have been able to mass plant the triangle, it looks lovely.


    • Thanks Anne. I do believe you’ve hit upon the mystery flowers. Hurray. I need to update my blog.

      I love Cosmos. They flower all summer long, attract the birds, make great flower arrangements, and require minimal fuss. They’re welcome in my garden any time.


  5. I adore volunteers! They are the bits in my garden that get the most enthusiastic applause from my hands. Anything I purposefully plant gets a lot less simply because I have high expectations for their eventual success. Poor things.


    • You make me laugh!

      My theory on volunteers is that they are a hardy bunch, determined to grow no matter what. They’ve set seed where they want to be, let me know who’s really in charge. They should get in line behind my teenagers.


  6. Mystery flowers! How exciting. I’m not sure either but I does smack of some purple poppies I’ve seen. They often have stamen resembling your flower. Perhaps yours is a less hybridized one and less showy and smaller. That’s a trait of wild flowers too. Maybe your local garden centre could shed some light. Nice of the Cosmos to grow and compliment the viola so well. Before you know it, the front will be *all* flowers and no lawn 😀 I really love that shade of blue for the Bachelor Buttons too. Do you wonder how common names came to be sometimes? I do xoxo Looks all divine !


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