We got an allotment in 2007. It was an overgrown mass of weeds and grass. I planted half of it with Cosmos flowers. I was amazed when they grew; a mass of pink and white flowers with Solsbury Hill rising in the background. It was quite a site, a victory of the flower over the fruit and vegetable. The cosmos is my favourite flower. It's supposed to be a symbol of modesty and order which doesn't fit with the way it grows, all feather-leaved and gangly stemmed. It's also a symbol of beauty and love and that fits much better. It's a free-blooming flower, a survivor that's alive in the world. And we had an allotment full of them. Until we pulled them up and started planting things we could eat.