The Promised Cosmos

I couldn't resist adding some greens and bean flowers before calling this cosmo-rich bouquet finished.

Simple but long-lasting; tall but somehow compact, cosmos are hanging tough through these late summer days, and their yellow centers seem to carry the intense light of the past few months, even as it fades from the fields. 

We're set to pull up some of the flower beds this week. Though I'm looking forward to fall's colors, its pies, and the death of all ragweed, I'm a little nervous about losing this medium I've come to love.