Let’s all agree right now to stop pretending to hate cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) and (Cosmos sulphureus). Let’s agree to stop telling ourselves we are too good for it. Or that it’s too easy. Let’s agree to admit right here, right now that we think it’s a pretty flower. Let’s stop telling ourselves it doesn’t have delicate, ferny foliage and soft petals. Let’s put the breaks on our own inner elitist whispering in our ear that a plant that can come up from a sidewalk crack and still put on a show is too embarrassing to grow.
Can we all just agree right now that we are in fact delighted to find one of these tough, resilient flowers dancing on a thin and graceful stem in a light late summer breeze with a puffy bee set on top busily enjoying its pollen?
Let’s admit together, as soon as possible, that an entire front garden dedicated to this single plant is pretty darn magnificent.
Ya’ll, can we all agree to stop using disparaging descriptors such as weedy (I’ll let you have this one Tenessee), undesirable, beginner, common, tacky, boring, pedestrian, compost…
Let’s do this. Together we can put an end to the cosmos hate forever.