|Creeping phlox in bloom at my house, April 2011|
|Leggy creeping phlox with brown areas|
|Gently pull on dead leggy sections|
Part of today's job was to tend the phlox and get it ready for it's springtime show. Tending the phlox sounds kind of biblical, doesn't it?
Well the bright blooms that grace my yard, are definitely gifts from God to be sure, and I look forward to the brilliant colors every year.
My beautiful creeping phlox comes in several colors, light pink, hot pink, light purple, and medium purple and for me it is the highlight of my spring garden. It's very hardy, and spreads easily via rhizomes or runners, and I usually try to break off some pieces and relocate it to other areas of the garden (gotta love rhizomes and perennials!)
Today the phlox needed some tending so that it would look it's showiest in the next few weeks. There are sections that drape over our timber retaining wall, and those sections sometimes get "leggy", or kinda gangly with brown patches. I assume that parts of it get leggy as it flows over the wall because the rhizomes aren't in contact with the ground, and therefore can't put out roots into the soil to soak up nutrients.
|Trimmed and ready for the spring show!|
|Showy springtime creeping phlox 2011|