Flower Fridays: Phlox

Basket of PhloxThe tall phlox are spreading throughout my garden and I couldn’t be happier. They are bright and cheerful and long-lived once they have established themselves. If you are in deer territory like I am and most everyone is these days, be sure to spray them with something the deer won’t like. I also love wild phlox that you can spot along most highways around here during the summer. Mine are tall fuchsia but they come in lots of colors including bi-color and in short and tall varieties so you can play around with your garden design.

Phlox stands for unanimity, united hearts, united souls, perfect for weddings though surprisingly they aren’t used all that often in bouquets. I used them for the beautiful flower centerpiece arrangements at my wedding anniversary party. They are great all by themselves in a vase or with lots of other flowers.

I found this delightful poem from a series of books of flower fairies. Why have I not heard of this work before? Such lovely illustrations and sweet rhymes. Enjoy!

The Song of the Phlox Fairy
By Cicely Mary Barker

August in the garden!
Now the cheerful Phlox
Makes one think of country – girls
Fresh in summer frocks.

There you see magenta,
Here is lovely white,
Mauve, and pink, and cherry -red­-
Such a pleasant sight!

Smiling little fairy
Climbing up the stem,
Tell us which is prettiest?
She says, “All of them!”

XOXO Rachel

Published by Rachel Mueller-Lust

I'm a writer, artist, executive & life coach, wedding officiant & Life-Cycle Celebrant®, psychologist, media researcher and teacher. I explore language, relationship & connection, living a fulfilling life and the beauty & wonder of the world.

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