Blue bindweed and red blooms, Nakamura Hôchû, 1826

The card design is based on a color woodcut by the Japanese artist Nakamura Hôchû, printed in 1826 in the Korin gafu, a book illustrating everyday scenes.

The full composition includes a mix of bindweed, also known as morning glory, and three striking red blooms from the celosia family. With a showy red flower and shape similar to the comb of a rooster, this variety of celosia commonly known as “Cockscomb.”

The unique shape of the Cockscomb carries connotations of humor and silliness – and courage. As a hearty, resilient plant that blooms with vibrant red from summer through fall, it is also known as a symbol of unfading love. Use these flowers to spark a smile, share a laugh, or emphasize a message of love and courage.

Blauwe winde en rode bloemen, Nakamura Hôchû, 1826

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