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LesleyK , the plant will die down in the Autumn, so I place the pot somewhere to dry out a little, then move to the garage, no light or water needed until it pops up in the spring.
I grow Chocolate Cosmos in a container, then I move it into the garage for the winter.
It's just a bit of mildew, common at this time of year, don't worry about it they will be fine in the spring.
What about Gumtree or Preloved, it's free to advertise.
Flower Power is a very expensive, over hyped plant food sold on the QVC shopping channel by their so called gardening expert Richard Jackson.
Gardening Which only give it 68% in their trials, plus it's twice as expensive as their best buy.
No idea David, yet another mislabeled plant from T&M.
Couple more of mine
I think the darker wood is from the top layer of the pack that has been exposed to the weather, can you see the other side ? Is it a lighter colour?, the ''mildew / mould is probably residue from the treatment process.
The short variety I grow is called Goblin, it has always survived the winter for me.