craftADDchick: It's a celosia. I love those flowers! They remind me of coral. I love your pic.
Thanks for the info (and the compliment)! I saw the flower one day, and almost missed the bus the next day because I was too busy taking pictures.
Even better, Celosia is also known as Cock's Comb. I used a dark burgundy variety of it in my wedding flowers (alongside orange circus roses and pink dahlias). It looked awesome (I'll dig up some pictures), but got quite a few raised eyebrows when people asked what it was and I cheerfully chirped, "Cock's Comb!"
Ooooh! I bet it looked beautiful! And, thanks for the common name info. I'll have to look it up to see if I can grow it around here (central MA).
And, I love looking at all of these beautiful photos!! Makes me long for spring...