Friday, September 4, 2009

An Update on "Mattie"

Do you remember "Mattie?"

This is the phlox that was shared by my Aunt MEA.
You can read about it here.

She's blooming now. Isn't she pretty??


This is her neighbor. This unnamed phlox stands beside her.

They're going to like each other, I think! ;-)

Adding family ties to the garden are a wonderful way to be connected.
Tell us about Your garden's family ties.


Gail said...

I have Bernice, she's the Witch hazel I planted in honor of my mom~~Mom bloomed in the winter of her life and that's why I chose this witch hazel; it's a winter bloomer. Thanks for asking!

Mattie's friend looks a little like Laura the phlox I have in the garden. gail

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Yes, she is lovely. Phlox is one of those plants I loved early on in my gardening affair, then went off, and am now back into! :)

Rosemary said...

Mattie is a beautiful colour.........both are very pretty.

troutbirder said...

Beautiful phlox. One of my favorites is a yellow Iris passed on from my Uncle Walt, to my father to me. Uncle Walt used to tell me "Ve get tooo soon alt unt tooo late schmart! Well I was smart enough to save his Irises.

Ellen Zachos said...

How is it possible your Mattie has no powdery mildew?! She looks great...what's your secret?

Carolyn gail said...

Interesting Muse Day poem, Shady. Thanks for joining in.

Your 'Mattie' is lovely. As Gail said the unknown phlox looks a little like 'Laura ' but I have the same one and it's called "Bright eyes. " Laura has more purple than pink.

Shady Gardener said...

Gail, Thank you for reminding me about Bernice, your Witch Hazel. I clearly remember the post and photos. I believe it was a perfect choice.

Monica, There are quite a number of varieties of phlox. I believe, like you, I'm becoming enamored with them again.

Hi Rosemary, They are both pretty. My unnamed one has been very "sturdy" and I've divided the clump three times during these past 5 years.

Troutbirder, Ve iss not alvays so schmardt. But, I'm gladt you vere, especially in this case! ;-) Thanks for your visit!

Ellen, It could be because she's a newcomer to my garden. It could be because she's a very old plant, and it could be both reasons. I know some varieties are more susceptible to powdery mildew than others. Usually David is quite resistant, however during this cool, rainy Summer season - it has developed some powdery mildew. I'm sure he'll be better next year.

Carolyn, I'm not sure about your ID. I looked up 'Bright Eyes' and it seems as though it might have a color reversal. Light pink on the outside and a darker pink in the center? It looks as though you were right about 'Laura,' as (on-line) she looks more lavender.

Kerri said...

Phlox give such faithful late summer color. I'm still enjoying mine. Your "Mattie" is lovely, and so is the unknown. I have "David" on my wish list.
I have Japanese anemone from an elderly garden friend. It's doubly special coming from her :)
I grow plants that my mum used to grow in her Australian garden...fuchsias, marguerite daisies, geraniums, to name a few. It brings a little part of her to my garden.

Rosey Pollen said...

You are right, she is pretty!
Such a delicious color, too!

Anonymous said...

Hi SG~~ I absolutely worship [well almost] Phlox paniculata. Yours are fabulous. Mattie has a beautiful warm hue. And her colorful compatriot is equally stunning.

I have a sentimental sedum that without diligent and judicious culling would undoubtedly take over the planet. It came from my grandmother's garden many years ago. It's traveled with me to three gardens through the years, thriving in my current garden for ten years. Sentimental plants are the best plants, don't you think?

Shady Gardener said...

Kerri! You will like 'David.' He's of "sturdy stock." ;-) I loved hearing of your special ties to your garden. And your mum was from Australia? That makes the plants she's shared extra-special, doesn't it?

Hi Rosey, It is such a bright color. It really shows up through the other plants around it. :-)

Grace, I'm growing fonder of Phlox by the minute. And I agree,Absolutely, that Sentimental plants are the best! Want to swap a couple of plants this Fall?? :-)

I also understand about Sedum that spread... those "ground covers" can really move! ;-) But, being from a Grandmother... what a wonderful tie. If you lived near here, you could join our little garden club! We have just finished hypertufa as a special "together-project." Now we're soon to begin Soft Sculpture Garden Ladies (like my "Gladys") lol

Patsi's 'Garden Endeavors' said...

Spring bulbs would be our family flowers.
Don't know how long phlox bloom but just got my first two on our way home from Long many plants I wanted...nothing new.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Patsi! You are having so much fun planting this summer. I think I'm not going to plant One Bulb this Fall, as I really went crazy last Fall. ;-) It will be super fun to see what happens in your garden this coming Spring!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I like both of your Phloxes, but Mattie is such an unusal color for a Phlox, that she's extra-special.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi MMD! The photos show very true colors. I'm hoping that because she's an old variety of phlox that perhaps she'll be resistant to powdery mildew. :-)

Kathleen said...

I think they're going to be great companions Shady Gardener! I have some iris that my grandfather gave me. I haul them around from garden to garden (leaving a bit behind each time). They are very sentimental to me and you're right ~ a great way to feel connected.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kathleen! Perhaps you'll post a photo of your iris sometime? Thanks for your visit. :-)

Frances said...

Hi Shady, Mattie is a beauty and the neighbor is as well. The tall garden phlox are so long lasting and much favored by the hummers and butterflies. All good. :-)

Blossom said...

Most of my plants came from my mom's garden. They remind me of her and how she treasures her flowers - sort of make me feel close to her. She's 500 miles away.

Anonymous said...

I don't have any connections yet--hope to this Autumn as I'm starting some Rhodie cuttings from the neighbor's yard.

That phlox is an attention grabber.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Frances! Tomorrow (Wed) morning, I'm going to remove the molds from the concrete balls I created on Sunday! :-)

Blossom, Isn't that wonderful! I remember how much you've appreciated your gardener-mother. I can also appreciate how close you're feeling to her through your own gardening; esp. since she's shared so many of her plants with you. :-)

flowergardengirl, You have something to look forward to! :-) Want me to send you something??

Sue said...

I like them both, and they do look like they should get on well together.

Shady Gardener said...

Sue, :-)