Copious crested celosia crop

We had a bumper crop of crested celosia flowers in the garden this year. I hated to see all of the excess go into the compost so I decided to dry the extras.

There were  lot more out there than I thought. I may have gone a bit overboard when I cut the entire crop.

Since there were so many,  I took the easy way out and tied the long stems into bunches. Then, I tied the bunches to poles and hung up everything in the storage building. There the flowers will stay until they are dry. They’re out of the sun and get plenty of air circulation so they should hold their bright colors.

To keep dust from accumulating on the drying celosia, I loosely covered them with large sheets of paper.

Don’t ask me what I’m going to do with all of those dried celosia, but at least I saved them from the compost pile for the time being.

Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.