Last week I posted about Phlox paniculata ‘Coral Flame’ in Boring… But then I felt guilty for leaving out the equally fabulous ‘Purple Flame’, so I thought I would give her a post of her own too.
Here she is, with ice-cream swirl buds just bursting.
There are lovely tones of blue-lilac, but with pink-magenta in on the long neck of the flower, and in the shadows of the swirl.
Although phlox has impact with its floriferous explosion, it is also lovely close-up. It has subtlety too.
I thought I might try to show the way the buds are folded. Here they are, one slightly more open than the other (admire too their hairy throats!)
And, excusing my dirty fingernails, here is how they open…
So simple. Beautiful engineering.
Another curious thing about this phlox is that in the morning, she is very definitely blue-purple.
But as soon as she gets some sun on her, she takes on a magenta-purple glow.
And by afternoon it is as if she has a inner source of light. She is enlightened, emblazoned, empowered.
They die down to a cool glow of an evening.
Phlox are self-supporting, hardy, low-maintenance creatures. They wear their imperfections without shame.
They can look a bit battered and often bear scars on their petals, but don’t we all?
The old flowers shrivel, and make way for the next generation.
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