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Wake up and smell the chocolate

Sometimes temptation is just too much first thing in the morning at work. I photographed this Cosmos in the cut flower border at Polesden Lacey at breakfast time.  Not only does it have a stunning deep chocolaty colour, but also an incredibly rich chocolate aroma. The whole of the cut flower garden is lightly fragranced with chocolate, as it wafts around on the balmy warm august air.

The chocolate cosmos  have been planted next to a deeply-coloured orange marigold called ‘Indian Prince’. The colour combination is perfect.  Chocolate and orange goes so well together. Now all I can think about is popping up to the Polesden Lacey shop at tea break for an amazing chocolate orange bar! Perfect start to a day's gardening.

Its botanical name is Cosmos atrosanguineus – the latin interpretation means dark, blood stained…I think chocolate-coloured is a much more pleasant description. The plants can be slightly tender. If you live in a frost pocket cut the foliage back in October, dig up the tubers and store them in potting compost or sand in the shed until planting them out in May the following year.

chocolate cosmos chocolate orange in shop

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+3 #2 Tracey 2013-08-25 13:52
Whilst I was at Polesden me and my daughter also bought a chocolate recipe book. We now have all the ingredients and are going to make chocolate and orange cookies and courgette and chocolate loaf - thanks for the inspiration! :-)
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+3 #1 Tracey 2013-08-22 19:58
Just been up to Polesden with my daughter and we bought and ate lots of chocolate...... well it is the holidays :-)
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