Freak of Nature

It was a hot and steamy morning.  The backyard critters were lined up waiting for their breakfast.

I walked outside, not totally caffeinated yet,  my eyeglasses fogged over in the humidity.  As I trudged across the yard to feed the animals, my skin was becoming wet from the moisture in the air.  And that is when I saw it.

A freak of nature.  The dark red plant had the wrong flower blooming on it.  I dried my glasses and shook my head awake.  I then realized it was a zinnia perfectly centered on a celosia plant.

I retreated to the cool of the air conditioning, finished my morning coffee and contemplated on what I had just seen.

21 Comments on “Freak of Nature”

  1. shoreacres says:

    I didn’t know a celosia — at least by name — so I looked it up. I recognized it immediately, and now I’m really intrigued. If the bloom didn’t land there from another flower, but actually is part of that plant, it’s clearly some kind of genetic abnormality. At least, I’d think so. That would have to be a really, really recessive gene, though!

    I once found a sunflower that looked for all the world like a crysanthemum, with hundreds of thin, thread-like ray flowers. There are marvels out there!

  2. I love the color combination! 105 more days of summer.

    • And then for us it is like summer in the northern climates. The other day our weather reporter said it would be cool, only 80 degrees. Cool is relative. Up north everyone is burning up from the heat wave.

  3. carol says:

    I would’ve have freaked over that sight too. Do I spy Cleome? I love those!

  4. Tina says:

    Once you had your caffeine, did you figure it out? Or, is it truly a freak? 🙂

  5. Ummm… So, what did you figure out? What species of Celosia is it? Did the flower fall off a Zinnia rest perfectly on top of the Celosia? I have to know more! 🙂

  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Should have had your coffee earlier….

  7. Deb says:

    😂 I bet too you did a double take! Nice capture of the two plants together.

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Definitely an eye-opener! You had me scratching my head there for a while. 😉

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Well, it wold be pretty if it could actually do that.

  10. Stranger things have happened…

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