On 6 September I sowed a bunch of flower seeds. When I left home in late October for my Summer/Winter in Germany, there were random seedlings appearing in a few spots, but nothing amazing.
This bed was over-planted with sunflower seeds (from my own harvest plus from a packet) and then a handful of cosmos seeds were scattered in front (courtesy of Africanaussie – she gave out packets of seeds she collected from her own cosmos crop). My theory was that the huge yellow flowers towering above the little ones would be a perfect cover for this sundrenched fence.
Unfortunately, the bandicoot (and maybe other critters) found the sunflower seeds. In the first days I found holes – the trademark wedges left by marauding bandicoots. Then one or 2 sunflower shoots appeared. Within 48 hours of a shoot showing itself, it was gobbled by something (my money’s on the possum but it could easily have been the bandicoot). Within a couple of weeks it was clear I’d get no sunflowers but I kept my fingers crossed for Africanaussie’s cosmos. Low and behold, the hearty little things survived all that grazing and I have cosmos!
John sent this photo (along with more of my veggies he’s enjoying) just to make me jealous! I’m hoping some blooms are still there when I return and I can harvest more seeds for next spring’s plantings.
Thank you Africanaussie and John for the beautiful flowers!