Monday, July 04, 2005

Granny's Flowers

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My phlox started blooming this week. It's a bit earlier than usual, but they love the hot weather we have had recently.

My aunt in Texas sent me the plants a few years ago. She got her phlox before I was even born, from her mother, my maternal grandmother. Myrtle had them around her house in southern Oklahoma, where my dad and his sister grew up. These plants in my yard have an unbroken genealogy of probably 60 or 70 years.

It was touch and go earlier this year, when T accidentally got some weed killer on some of the leaves. The plants rallied, though, and despite a few brown leaves, they seem to be growing well.

This morning, it rained, and I was able to get a picture of the raindrops on the sweet-smelling blossoms.


Kris said...

Wow, what beautful flowers. Are they indigenous? What kind of climate prevails in your place?

Weather pixie doesn't help that much.

Cheryl said...

Phlox is native to the US. Mine are of the taller, smooth phlox type, but other varieties are shorter, ground cover types.

Our summer daytime temperatures in Iowa are typically in the 80s-90s F (low-mid 30s C), and we usually have high humidity, but not massive amounts of rain.

In midwinter, we can sometimes go weeks at a time with the temperature never getting above freezing.

Marita Paige said...

They are absolutely lovely, and doubly so because they are your granny's legacy.