after something like almost 3 months, my mystery cosmos have finally started blooming. all i can say is: all that work for just a few tiny flowers?! hopefully there'll be more, and in different colors too. in my mind i'd imagined a profusion of hues but i'm not seeing that at the moment. in any case, if i can collect a few seeds, i can start this all over again next season, hopefully with more planning. i also collected a few more tomatoes before returning home. i bumped into ed, we had a chat about the neighborhood trees. he misidentified a few (ailanthus as a poison sumac, a linden as an beech), but i didn't correct him.
instead of treating the deck wood with timber oil, i gave it another wash, rinsing off some white spots and some missed algae and dirt from yesterday. if i have time late tomorrow i may try to treat some of the wood, otherwise i'll have to wait another time when we can get a few consecutive days of sunshine. i spent the rest of the day working. had some leftover burritos for lunch and then more meat buns for dinner.