Sunday, September 15, 2013
Celosia Spicata from Sunnyside
We will probably never know whether or not this Celosia Spicata was growing in the gardens of Sunnyside when Washington Irving wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but I like the thought of having that type of connection. While studying the Hudson River School and Early American Literature we took a field trip up the Hudson and stopped at Sunnyside. It was the end of the season and most of the garden had gone to seed. We collected a few dead heads and this is one of them. It turned out to be fantastic in the summer heat and was one of the last blossoms in October. They lasted for 4-6 weeks until a storm snapped the stalks.