Old-fashion Cockscomb Celosia

Cockscomb Celosia–the country garden plant that keeps on giving.  I don’t plant celosia–it plants itself.  Each season it drops enough seeds to grow another crop the following summer.  It doesn’t emerge until after I have turned and tilled the green bean bed.  As the beans come up, so does the celosia, existing happily together.

The flowers do not form and begin to grow tall until the beans are finished; they do not hamper my bean picking at all.  And once I pull the spent bean plants, the celosia continues to flourish, adding a lovely touch of color to the late summer garden.

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Celosia is an everlasting flower meaning it will keep its shape and color when air-dried.  I pick it to add to colorful autumn wreaths.  The deep burgundy color is a wonderful foil for the bright yellow of yarrow and orange of bittersweet.

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This autumn wreath is accented with burgundy cockscomb, dried red roses, yellow yarrow, and brown sourdock heads.  The base is wormwood and silver king artemesia.  Dried wreaths when displayed inside will last for years.  Several wreaths of different designs will be available at the Farm Grove SEPTEMBER SALE, September 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cockscomb celosia has the look and feel of velvet.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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