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Friday, April 23, 2021

Cockscomb

I was strolling in a different part of my neck of the woods when a burst of blazing-red flowers lining the sidewalk caught my attention.

I was instantly reminded of my late aunt A.

Aunty A had a super green thumb.

All the greens on her plate came from her garden and the manure for her greens came from her if you know what I mean  —  the circle of life, eh?

Whenever we were invited over for dinner, Aunty A's homegrown veggies were a running joke among us cousins .

"Well, it doesn't get more organic than this!" Cousin Noel once quipped. And this joke has been recycled over and over again long after Aunty A was gone.

All sorts of wonderfully-weird beans, gourds and flowers grew in Aunty A's garden and my favourite bloom was her cockscomb celosia. 

With its outrageously showy flowers, it was the most conspicuous plant in the neighbourhood and it drew many compliments.

Even passersby would stop to gawk at her curious celosia!


It does resemble a rooster's comb, does it not?

47 comments:

Diana said...

It is very beautiful and interesting.
Happy Friday, Veronica!

P.S. The most organic. 😊

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

It is beautiful and something I've never seen!

camdandusler said...

What a nice post :) thanks for your sharing...

Sandee said...

It does indeed and I've never seen this kind of flower before. So unique.

Some people have a green thumb and your aunt sure did.

Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

Bernhard said...

A complete unknown blossom for me. Thx for presenting.

Best regards
Bernhard

Phil Slade said...

Veronica. Your Auntie was a little bit of a "lively sort" I'm thinking. They don't make them like that anymore. Enjoy your weekend.

Tom said...

...and they come in so many colors and shapes. Enjoy your weekend.

Giorgio said...

That's really a special ornamental plant! It is marvelous, these broad and large blooms resemble red coral. 
Have a beautiful weekend, Veronica ☀️

italiafinlandia said...

Beautiful indeed. In my regional Italian dialect we just call this plant "rooster's comb", that is "creste di gallo".
All the best!

Suzana said...

I love this plant even I saw it in other colors!
I did not see in such a color! It's amazing! Thank you for sharing it!
Have a nice weekend ahead, Veronica!

SzgnBsl said...

It looks really interesting and different.. Happy weekend:-)

bill burke said...

I never heard of it but it's absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Sharon Wagner said...

Wow! Mother Nature is skilled with flowers.

magiceye said...

These flowers are real showstoppers!

betty said...

Its beautiful! I googled it to get some other pictures of it. Truly magnificent to see it in person I do believe! I love your Aunt A. Thanks for sharing a bit about her with us :)

betty

Natasha said...

Aunt A was an expert at recycling as I can see. ;-)

Most people are going back to that by composting veggies scraps etc now. We as a family have been composting for 10 years. But not the human manure bit, lol!

Love the flower V.

How be you. Thank you for always adding these chuckle worthy moments to my days with your posts.

Be well and take care.

Big hugs.
N

Kendi Dünyasında said...

I never see it before. More interesting and also beatiful. Thanks for sharing 🌸
Have a nice weekend.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Your aunt was a character obviously! And the flower is beautiful - new to me.

Milentry said...

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junie-Jesh said...

Wow this bloom is hard to overlook! Or ....could it be a brain on fire? anyways, many thanks for sharing this awesome flower and the story with All Seasons!Have a zany week, Jesh

stevebethere said...

Wow how beautiful and unusual too love the name too :-)

Have a bloomingtastic week 👍

Hena Tayeb said...

What an unusually pretty flower.

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Very beautiful flower. I have never seen one before. And yes, it does look like a cock's comb.

NCSue said...

I know this will sound crazy, but it reminds me of a hot pink brain! Very unique flower!
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sherry fundin said...

unfortunately i have a brown thumb,but i do enjoy the fruits of others labor
sherry @ fundinmental

nic said...

It is stunning, Veronica. Have a great week.

Duwan @MakeLikeAnApeman said...

What an amazing-looking flower. I love the color. And so nice to be reminded of your Aunt and her vegetables!

Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

How stunningly beautiful.
Your Aunty A sounds like a wonderful lady.

Rostrose said...

A very beautiful and very special plant, dear Veronica!
I know it from the flower shop, but I don't think it can grow in the garden here. And in your country it grows "just like that" in the wild? That's great! The plant has obviously given you a nice memory of your aunt.
All the best from Austria
Traude
https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/04/himmelblaue-wanderung-im.html

Meditations in Motion said...

I often plant cockscomb. It is an annual where I live. Thanks for the story about your eccentric aunty. It gave me a smile today.

Sandee said...

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That is a beautiful flower, such a vibrant colour.

handmade by amalia said...

A lovely memory.
Amalia
xo

Kirsi schreibt said...

I don't know what a plant you show and I didn't see them before. It's really interesting,
Greetings
Kirsi

Gattina said...

Beautiful flower ! I love flowers and sitting in a garden on a bench, but I hate garden work and have no green thumb at all !

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

We don't think we've seen that plant before.

Thanks for visiting our blog!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Brian said...

That flower really is so pretty and that was a nice story about your Aunt.

Mellie said...

Very pretty flower and such a bright color! I don't think I have ever seen one like that before.

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous floral macro shot! Xo

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Amy said...

I use to grow my own veges too, there's a certain satisfaction being able to eat produce that you've grown and knowing what's gone into growing it.

betty-NZ said...

How gorgeous! My sister used to have them in many different colors in her house.

Thanks for being a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

My Tata's Cottage said...

Remarkably beautiful and something OI had not seen. Thank you for sharing and your sweet story too. Enjoy the weekend. HUGS

UP said...

Cockscomb are beautiful, mother grew then along with hundreds of others

ghostmmnc said...

Beautiful flower! My mom used to have these in her flower beds too. :)

Alana said...

I'm familiar with cockscomb celosia although I've never grown them - I used to own chickens, though, and yes, the flower has a resemblance.

NatureFootstep said...

wwo, that flower is certainly special. Looks like a coral on dry land. :)

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I love coxcomb! Gorgeous!