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Offline Chris viljoen

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« on: April 13, 2010, 21:22:43 PM »
I took this pics in the North West Province of SA ,when this flowers bloom it's time for a season change.

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Re: Cosmos
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010, 21:48:01 PM »
 Chris :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

What a spectacular view the Cosmos make en masse.

Absolutely brilliant !!!!  :love:
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2010, 22:36:17 PM »
Chris -

Thanks - brings back childhood memories on the way to Basutoland (think it's called Lesotho now???) among the fields of cosmos - and gave me a great love for cosmos ever since.
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Re: Cosmos
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2010, 12:24:54 PM »
Stunning!  Are they growing WILD there? How amazing
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2010, 12:32:44 PM »
Stunning!  Are they growing WILD there? How amazing
Yes ,Herma they grow alongside the rode,on this specific spot they grow as far as the eye could see.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2010, 12:35:38 PM »
That's not something you would ever see in Nam, unfortunately!   ;D
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Re: Cosmos
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2010, 15:09:19 PM »
I grew up in the NW, and these bring back good memories. This remids me of the road between Parys and Potch, my 'hood!!
It's a tradition there to go and pick huge, monster bunches of cosmos for someone special!

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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2010, 12:12:53 PM »
I took a drive to Heidelberg a few weeks back and there were several patches of them alongside the road - too beautiful.

Someone (I don't remember who) said they were also on the "undesirables" list - does anyone know for sure?  I don't think they are indigenous and remember reading something at the South African Military History Museum that they came to South Africa from South America in horse feed during one of the world wars...
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2010, 14:08:42 PM »
On the clivia forum there is more information about cosmos, khakibos and blackjacks being brought in from South America with horse feed during the Boer War. Chris posted the same photo there and there was quite a discussion.
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2010, 15:21:22 PM »
Apparently, the Cosmos is only supposed to make an appearance in late March, early April, hence they are known as Easter Flowers.  If they appear earlier, it's supposed to spell a cold winter.  Further to that, they say that if the flowers are predominantly white and light pink, a very cold winter is expected with possible snow.  I went to make a delivery in Standerton on 26th January, and the Cosmos were already making an appearance between Volksrust and Standerton.  They just make such a beautiful show. 
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Re: Cosmos
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2010, 15:31:14 PM »
I adore them but the plants get just too big for my garden. When they grow in good garden soil they keep growing instead of flowering. I've planted them several times and ended up pulling them out long before their time is up. Same with nasturtiums.
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2010, 14:24:35 PM »
Apparently, the Cosmos is only supposed to make an appearance in late March, early April, hence they are known as Easter Flowers.  If they appear earlier, it's supposed to spell a cold winter.  Further to that, they say that if the flowers are predominantly white and light pink, a very cold winter is expected with possible snow.  I went to make a delivery in Standerton on 26th January, and the Cosmos were already making an appearance between Volksrust and Standerton.  They just make such a beautiful show. 

Brrr!!!! Kareen
Are you saying it is going to be a cold winter - I think I've already reached it  -
I'm out West and it is 12C max and 0C at night.
When I get back to base I think it will feel like summer again




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Re: Cosmos
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2010, 16:27:13 PM »
The late rain that weve experienced in the Transvaal Proberly means its going to be a very cold winter, and saw much less cosmos this year than usual
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