During a walk from Sanzen-in to Jakko-in temple in Ohara (Kyoto) in the summer of 2008, I gathered a handfull of seeds from some lovely tall flowers I had never seen before. They looked like Cosmos, but were the wrong colour - or so I thought.
In the spring of 2009, I sowed the seeds and many plants grew. I pampered and watered and cared for them, not knowing they’re the easiest flowers in the world to grow - hot sun, drought, clay, gravel, everything tolerant!
And by summer of that year the kitchen garden of Galeazza was a jungle of bright orange Cosmos sulphureus, a native to Mexico, I learned. And just by chance they were exactly the same colour as the marigolds at their feet - just three to five feet taller!
And I gave seeds to anyone who liked them, including a Tumblr friend from New York City…
and now they’re blooming in Manhattan. http://www.matthewgallaway.com/2012/07/the-sunday-garden-report-rains-and-change.html
Who knows, one day they might even make it “home” to Mexico!