Friday, May 30, 2008
So Bright, It Can Be Seen From Space
Well, actually, it's aggregate of all the plants of Phlox pilosa 'Eco Happy Traveler,' a named cultivar of Gail's beloved "Practically Perfect Phlox." When in full bloom, they would easily show up in a satellite photograph. I've struggled to get my camera to capture the color accurately. Finally, I figured out I had to take the photograph in the middle of the day with strong sunlight. These plants are in the front (and the middle and heading toward the back) of the faux-prairie garden, where they bridge the gap between the early spring bloomers and the peak season of summer in this garden. ("It can carry a border all by itself!") Their foliage turns a good burgundy in autumn. They also provide a good contrast to the dark purple flowers of Baptisa 'Purple Smoke,' now blooming for the first time.