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Thursday, April 5, 2012

creeping phlox . . .


~ creeping phlox ~

Growing up, the front embankment going into our house was filled with multicolored creeping phlox. A very pretty 'welcome home' and a much needed ground cover for an area of the yard that proved to be a challenge to mow (all I'm going to say is 'thank goodness' for thick plastic on the toe of Chuck Taylor tennis-shoes). The pictured specimen is from a small group located in the rock garden between us and the neighbor. I get why they called them phlox (could have saved us all the trouble of googling and spelled it flocks - as in 'flock of flowers that meanders aimlessly'), but why 'creeping'? Creeping has such a bad cogitation these days (actually, creeping/creeper/creep has always had a negative cogitation) - perhaps to be politically correct we should call them 'embracing phlox' or 'herd of flowers that spread'.

6 comments:

  1. Whatever you want to call them, they sure are pretty!

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  2. So pretty! I like embracing phlox...sounds so romantic.

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  3. i love those flowers, they look so dainty and pretty. and i love the blue background too. :)

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  4. So pretty - maybe I should add a bit on part of my garden!

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