It is as if the nature is bidding farewell to the year, before winter takes on the earth.

All the beauties and colours of nature erupt in spring and spills over to summer. However, one would notice another gush of petals in autumn. The sense is probably from the bursts of cosmos blooms all over.

Around this time of the year, the reigning colours of pinks and whites are seen at the sidewalks and open fields, in patches and in abundance.

And perhaps because it is time for monsoon to recede, leaving behind a clear sky, many who hit outdoors for leisure is treated with a stunning view of cosmos.

The plant redecorates the hills and valleys after summer flowers start taking a slight recluse. Its name stands worthy of the other definition, as in the open, inviting spread of universe.

Many can easily associate with the flower. One’s childhood involves playing with the petals, growing among its long stalks and feathery leaves. Ask anyone and most would have plucked and counted the eight petals against their lovers’ names.

While it is seen as ornamental in places elsewhere, cosmos grow mostly in wild in the region. It gains prominence in autumn during which Hindu and Buddhist festivals mark the calendars.

The popular hindu festival, Vishwakarma Puja, heavily uses cosmos for decoration of altars pitched in most of the construction sites. Cars are garlanded with chains of cosmos.

Cosmos are resilient and grow easily, with mere scattering of seeds. But as the chill sets in, the plant too has to make an exit. So while it lasts, it would be worth relishing the cosmos around, before the winter takes over.