Two handsome guys help out with the Book Draw

Friday, August 31, 2012

So, I'm on my way home, having dropped my daughter-in-law off at her part-time job, when the car starts to make some seriously strange noises.

I pull off the road and into the parking lot of a local grocery store when the car starts to sputter and convulse. Then there is the death rattle and the car dies completely. I only just coast to a parking spot... then all is eerily quiet.

Now what?

It is a hot day, I am about a mile from home and I have the dogs with me in the back seat. Great!

I sit and try to gather my wits, but without air conditioning, the car is instantly turning into an oven. The dogs start to whine knowing something is up. I quickly decide to hoof-it home on foot and call a tow truck from there. No more time to think...I'll just get the leads that we always keep on hand in the trunk and start walking...

I pop open the trunk and start searching for dog's leases. I shift things around, but I can't find them anywhere. Really great!

Now, how am I going to get home with the dogs?

In despair, I look up and away from the car. What do I see, but a tow truck sitting in the shade cast by the grocery store.

Boy, I tell you, that tow truck was like a pitcher of ice water in the middle of a desert!

I walk over and shyly ask him if he is available for hire. Well, would you believe it? Turns out he is a neighbour! Can you believe my good-bad luck?

We quickly come to an arrangement. He'll drop me and the dogs off at the house and then tow the car over to our mechanic's shop. There is only one fly in the ointment: he won't allow the dogs in his cab. Not that I blame him.  So he hitches up my red Toyota and the boys remain behind in the car.

As we drive away, I look back to see the dogs jumping around excitedly in the car, barking their fool heads off.

Anyway... to make a long story shorter, the car's engine was toast. Two thousand dollars, and the cost of a car rental later, it's finally repaired. Last night we dropped the rental car off. I needed help with my book draw, and thought why not get the nice gentlemen at the car rental place to help me out.

Meet the friendly fellows at our local Enterprise Rent-a-Car:

I love the look on the face of the guy on the left. "They don't pay me enough for this!"

and his face again, "I can't believe I am seriously doing this."

And here his resignation, "Sigh...Let's just get this over with."

All joking aside, they were both really great sports and very helpful with our rental car. Thanks guys!

And the winner of a copy of the book Natural Companions is Canadian Gardening Joy. 

Congratulations Joy! I will be in touch shortly to get your mailing address, so I can get the book off to you in the mail.

For those of you who didn't win this time, I will have a new gardening book giveaway shortly. Unlike the lottery, the odds are excellent.

Have a great long weekend everybody!!!

Fine Foliage Book Preview

Image courtesy of Fine Foliage © Fine Foliage St. Lynn's Press 2012-13 

I don't have to tell you that containers are one of a gardener's greatest assets. There are many times in the growing season when a part of your garden can look a little lacklustre or even just a bit too green. Having a pretty container to shift into position and give that sad looking part of the garden a colorful boost can be a godsend.

Though I have always recognized the value of having pretty containers in my gardening bag of tricks, I have never been particularly happy with my container plantings. To say they are a little unexciting is probably an understatement!

For inspiration I have turned to book and magazines, but so often I find that the plant pots brimming with blooms that you find there are the sort of container plantings that look great on the day of the photo shoot and then like hell a few weeks later.

If I am going to invest the time and money into a container planting, I want it to look good all summer and into the fall!

When I have put together my containers, I have always concentrated on the flowers for that hit of color. 
It wasn't until I read KarenChapman's blog that I realized that I had always focused on the wrong thing! 

Karen has a garden design and container garden business where she prepares hundreds of containers for clients. She writes in one of her blog posts that, "Focusing on flowers is guaranteed to bring disappointing results at some point in the season as many plants go through waves of blooming with 'blah' periods in between." 

So true!

But I still want my container plantings to be bright and colorful! 

That is where Karen suggests foliage comes in. And that makes perfect sense! I always consider foliage when it comes to the garden proper, but less so when it comes to my containers. That's a big mistake.

Any experienced gardener knows that foliage is in it for the long haul.

Image courtesy of Fine Foliage © Fine Foliage St. Lynn's Press 2012-13

Anyway... I have become a fan of Karen's blog and was really excited to see that she has a book coming out early next year. 

Written with partner Christina Salwitz, Fine Foliage takes a fresh and creative look using foliage color, shape and texture in the garden. The book provides 60+ examples of plant combinations that work not only for containers, but for every garden purpose.

Page spread image courtesy of Fine Foliage © Fine Foliage St. Lynn's Press 2012-13 

I really like the way the thoughtful way the book is laid out. There is no squinting at the picture trying to identify what that attractive mystery plant at the back of the flowerbed or container!

On one side of a page spread you have a pretty piece of inspiration that is beautifully photographed...

Page image courtesy of Fine Foliage © Fine Foliage St. Lynn's Press 2012-13 

and on the other side you have everything you need to know clearly spelled out: sun or shade, season, soil, and zone. 

Karen and Christina also tell you why a planting combination works and introduce you to each of the players involved.

Christina writes,"When we first sat down and brainstormed this book, one of the very first thoughts that I had was to be able to explain "Why this works" on every one of our 60 colorful combinations. I wanted to take the dreamy, artistic photos and make them an achievable risk for any level of gardener to take when armed with enough good information. We've taken extreme care to cover many areas of the country in different Hardiness Zones as well as design esthetics. As well as including annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees too in a simple and sophisticated format."

Image courtesy of Fine Foliage © Fine Foliage St. Lynn's Press 2012-13 

I really appreciate that the book's planting combinations have been test driven.

Karen writes, "...I plant hundreds of containers every season for my clients and myself. Everything I use has to perform 100- there's no room for slackers. I provide premium potting soil, a single dose of slow release granular fertilizer (e.g. Osmocote), regular water and sun or shade as needed. After that the plants have to strut their stuff to convince me they are good enough to tell you about." 

Page spread image courtesy of Fine Foliage © Fine Foliage St. Lynn's Press 2012-13 

Chocolate and Strawberries! Yum!

Page spread image courtesy of Fine Foliage © Fine Foliage St. Lynn's Press 2012-13 

As well as container plantings, the book addresses foliage in the garden proper with pretty plant combinations like this one.

Karen and Christina's book Fine Foliage will be published early in the new year, but is available now for pre-order. You can find information on reserving your copy here.

More Information and Links:

Author, Karen Chapman:"I am a container and landscape designer, serious plant-aholic, garden writer and public speaker for all things gardening. In other words, I'm ususally covered in a layer or two of soil, I drive everywhere with a large trap for impromtu plant purchases and I am truly passionate about sharing the joys of gardening." Visit Karen's website and blog here: Le Jardinet
Author, Christina Salwitz: "I am a container designer, garden coach, garden writer, speaker and foliage-aholic who loves to teach and see the light bulb go on when a gardener suddenly "gets it". I adore the entire horticultural industry and revel in helping others feel the same passion that I do about plants". Visit Christina's blog here: The Garden Coach.
Fine Foliage's Photographer is Ashley DeLatour: Visit Ashley's website and blog.

" Fine foliage is a visual treat that will inspire you with dazzling combinations for containers and gardens. Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz explain why each combination works- bringing artistic design within easy reach of all gardeners. A great user-friendly resource." - Debra Prinzing, author of the 50 Mile Bouquet. Find out about pre-ordering a copy of Fine Foliage here. Visit the book's Facebook page: 

Travel Insurance and Health Issues

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A diagnosis of a serious medical condition is likely to cause anxiety and confusion, especially in those used to travelling while enjoying good health.
The good news is that having a medical condition does not necessarily mean your travelling days are over. However, it is important to have some basic understanding of travel insurance and health issues. Many insurance policies automatically cover hundreds of medical conditions. The bad news is that for more serious conditions or combinations of conditions you may have to pay an extra fee. In some circumstances you may need to seek out a specialist insurer.
It is essential that you are totally honest and declare any pre-existing health condition(s) when purchasing travel insurance. Believing that you can hide your condition and no one will find out is a very bad idea. If you are lucky your trip will go smoothly without any problems, unplanned medical expenses, or need to contact the insurance claims or emergency assistance department; but what if you are not so lucky?
If an undeclared medical condition should flare up or cause you to become ill (or, worse yet, not survive) while overseas, someone has to pay the costs for hospital care and repatriation. Many travellers mistakenly believe that if they are injured or become ill abroad their consulate or embassy will take care of things for them and pay the hospital bills. If you do not have insurance you or your family have to pay the bills for your medical and hospital treatment. Medical bills are often astronomically high, depending on the condition and the country.

Detecting Health Problems From Your Eyes

Eye iridology, which is also known as iridology analysis,is an iris analysis used to know your overall health condition. With the iridology analysis, you will find out your current health condition which is reflected in your irises.
It is understood that the iris' texture and color have reliable information of a person's health. What makes the iridology analysis different from other eye examinations performed by opthamologists is that eye examinations can only identify the ailments or condition of the eyes.
Eye iridology is based on the analysis of both eyes. The right eye shows the condition of the right part of the body, while the left eye shows the left part of the body.
An iris contains a very large number of delicate fibers; these fibers react to the body's metabolism in a predictable pattern.
During the analysis, a doctor takes pictures of both eyes to check the condition of the iris. The digital images are saved in a computer for further analysis.
The analysis is performed by dividing each image of the irises into seven concentric areas with the pupil in the center. The areas are then further divided into 45 sections, which associate with specific body organs.
The color and texture of these sectors can show irregularities that hamper the function of particular body organs, thus can provide clues about the person's health.

Problems And Solutions of Dental Health For Kids

Oftentimes, adults fail to see the importance of dental health for kids. Some even argue that it is just fine for children to have rotten teeth. They say kid's teeth are temporary ones and will undergo a natural or self-fix once permanent teeth start to grow. That is somehow true. But the reality is half the battle of adult dental problems is won when teeth and gums are properly cared for in the early years.
Believe it or not, tooth decay can occur as soon as nursing years. This condition is called the baby bottle tooth decay. The gums and teeth of your baby is at risk when it is in constant contact with sugars that are present in the breast milk, formulas, fruit juices and plain water with sugar. The sugars in these substances stay in the babies' mouths for a long time. Afterwards, bacteria feed on the sugar deposits and they eventually damage the gums and teeth. Tooth decay can cause pain and discomfort to children. More so, it can cause the misalignment of permanent which grow some years later.
As part of dental health for kids, parents and primary caregivers of children are advised to clean the baby's mouth with a small piece of cotton dabbed in clean water after bottle feeding sessions. Refrain from pacifying or putting the baby to sleep by bottle feeding him with milk. Instead have a pacifier ready at times like this. As soon as the baby becomes a toddler, lessen his use of feeding bottles. Teach him how to use cups with straws.

Health Problems may be caused Inflammation of the Digestive Tract

When people think of inflammation they most likely think of warm red throbbing pain and swelling. This, of course, would be correct if the thought is in regard to inflammation on the surface of the body or in the mouth, joints, and muscles - for instance a toothache, or sore muscles, sore joints and the like. You could also have symptoms not unlike the flu with elevated temperature, chills, or other obvious symptoms.
However, most of us are not aware that people can suffer inflammation and not even realize it is happening. This can happen in the internal organs of our bodies. Such as asthma caused by inflammation of the airways; problems causing inflammation of the kidneys which can result in high blood pressure; even colitis caused by inflammation of the digestive tract just to name a few.
Our individual bodies all work as unique systems and each of us have individual quirks and needs and inflammation, therefore, can attack in various ways throughout our bodies. Even though there can be just one source of inflammation there can be a myriad of responses or conditions as a result of the inflammation.
For now let's address or concentrate on inflammation of the digestive tract, its consequences, and how to improve or even cure the condition. Research seems to show that genetics plays an important role on where in the body any one individual might suffer from inflammation. Bottom line, wherever it occurs, it needs to be addressed and treated in order to manage or cure the problem because inflammation is a serious and destructive condition.

Pre-Existing Conditions and Health Insurance

One concern that many Americans have when applying for health insurance is whether they will be penalized for having a pre-existing condition. Unfortunately, many Americans do not have perfect health histories, and this can greatly affect the coverage they can receive. Health insurance companies are businesses, and an already at-risk patient can negatively affect their bottom line. This can make it very difficult for individuals with certain illnesses or issues to get adequate insurance without paying significantly more. Healthcare reforms have passed to make this less of a concern for individuals seeking insurance in the future, but the bulk of those reforms have not gone into law yet.
What Is It Exactly?
A pre-existing condition is a health condition that was known to exist before you applied for insurance coverage. They can be as serious as a life-threatening disease like cancer or heart disease, or they can be as common as allergies or asthma. The definition of exactly what a pre-existing condition is can vary by insurance company or by state, so it is important to check with your provider about their restrictions before signing up.
Why Does It Matter?
From an insurance company's point of view, a pre-existing condition can mean that the patient is more likely to seek out treatment, especially for that condition, than a healthy person would. That automatically means that the insurance company will have to pay more for that patient. From a business standpoint, it makes more sense to either offer insurance only to healthy individuals or to place restrictions on individuals with less-than-perfect health to ensure that they're worth the extra money.

Reiki to Treat Chronic Health Conditions

Living with a chronic health condition can take its toll - physically, mentally and emotionally. Physical discomfort, pain and fatigue are common symptoms, and over time they can often lead to feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. Medications prescribed to treat the symptoms often add to the mix. Potential side effects such as fatigue, headaches or digestive upsets can be an additional nuisance. Additionally, your body's liver and kidneys are under greater strain to metabolize and excrete the medications, which can also add to malaise and potentially decreased functioning over time.
The degenerative effects of stress
Increased stress levels activate the adrenal glands, producing a constant state of "fight or flight." This is necessary when we are in a dangerous situation, as our body is gearing up our bodies to respond quickly to deal with whatever is confronting us. However, if this response is activated constantly in response to physical or emotional stress, it causes the levels of certain key hormones, such as cortisol, to rise in your body.
Cortisol is necessary for the regulation of blood pressure, supporting the immune function and raising the body's inflammatory responses when needed. Normal secretions of cortisol are healthy, but chronically high secretions of cortisol can cause higher blood pressure, storage of fat around the waistline, increased amounts of insulin in the bloodstream, impaired immune function and elevated inflammatory responses to infection or injury. The effects of stress over time for healthy people can potentially lead to the development of a chronic health condition. However, if you're already living with a chronic health condition, it is especially important to effectively manage stress and seek supportive, healing relief.

Your Night Sweats is caused by A Health Condition

Many prescript sweat in the deceased of night at only 1 time or another. In most conditions it's not thanks to one thing serious and it's going to essentially activity from to ecological aspects like having many protects for the heated large choice of the place. Pressure and stress could even cause calming night sweating. however within the event you awaken throughout the night with sweat harmful slumberwear or bed linens and instances on a daily foundation it's a chance to try and do to find out that might even be spectacular this disconcerting and unquiet state of affairs.
There is an amount of positively completely different health and fitness conditions or maybe therapies for health and fitness conditions which will cause serious sweat at amount of night and most of these conditions can have an effect on either men or females. health care time isn't the utterly details for this typical manifestation.
Various styles of condition can generate sweating within the evening. whereas any style of condition will be a generate, a amount of the more typical styles of strikes related to this sort of sweating contain carditis, HIV or osteomvelitis. however the contagion might even be a generate.
Definite medicines will cause sweating in some persons. there is large choice of medicines that list this as a component effect, but a spread of the immeasurable typical causes settle for medicament medications or substitute emotional state medicines, medicament medication and even typical over-the-counter medicines like discomfort pill and anodyne.

Late Bloomers at the Toronto Music Garden

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Japanese Anemone, Anemone Hupehensis 'September Charm'

Music expresses that which cannot be said and that on which it is impossible to be silent." Victor Hugo 

Last weekend, we decided to take a break and spend the entire day in downtown Toronto. Our bright, sunny Saturday began with a walk along the lakeshore and a tour of the Toronto Music Garden. 

An opportunity to see music interpreted as landscape sounded like it could be interesting and the garden's spiralling pathways, which I had seen in pictures, was bound to be beautiful at this time of year. 

Designed by Julie Messervy in collaboration with famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and landscape architects from the city of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation departments, the Music Garden is an interpretation of Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello.

Each dance movement within the suite corresponds to one of the garden's six sections.   

Native Hackberries, whose straight trunks and regular spacing suggest measures of music were incorporated into the design of the garden's Prelude

The Allemande was interpreted as a birch forest. The walkways in this part of the garden swirl inward leading visitors to various contemplative seating areas.          

My favourite part of the Music Garden was the Courante, which has an upward spiralling pathway that leads you deep into the center of a meadow of grasses and perennials. 

Northern Sea Oats, Chasmanthium latifolium

Top right: Coneflower, Echinacea purperea, 'Bright Star'

Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia

The Sarabande is a movement in Bach's suite that is based on an ancient Spanish dance form. Enclosed by evergreens, the walkway in this section of the garden circles inward and has a huge stone at its core. 

This center stone holds a small pool that is intended to reflect the sky. Not surprisingly, this quiet retreat considered to be the poet's corner. 

Mountain Fleeceflower, Persicaria 'Firetail'

In the foreground: Golden Japanese Forest Grass, Hakonechloa 'Aureola', Rudbeckia is the yellow flower just behind the pale green grass.

A handcrafted pavilion and stage designed to shelter small musical ensembles and dance groups forms the garden's Menuett

Hibiscus Southern Belle
These large dinner plate Hibiscus flowers always amaze me. Who would ever think something so exotic and tropical looking could be found in a Canadian garden!

Pink Turtlehead, Chelonelyonii, 'Hot Lips'

Butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii 'Lochinch'

In the Courante and the Menuette sections of the garden the Buddleia were in full flower. They have the common name "Butterfly Bush" for a good reason. There were clouds of Monarch butterflies in the creamy-white colored bushes. Perhaps it was the honey and vanilla fragrance of these white flowers that was drawing them in.

White Butterfly Bush, Buddleia 'White Profusion'

After we walked through the Music Garden, we went to have lunch the St. Lawrence Market. Then we finished the day with a shopping trip to the Door Store to search for a vintage fireplace mantel. All in all, it was a lovely day.

More Information and Links:

The Toronto Music Garden: General information, the garden's history and design,  a map and plant list and information on how to get there can all be found here.

The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach by Julie Messervy commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Toronto Music Garden. In the book, author and designer Julie Messervy takes a look at the creation  of the garden and tours each of the six garden "rooms" inspired by the First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S.Bach. You can purchase a copy here.

The Most Common Health Problems Today

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Health is a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing. Excellent health stems from a healthy lifestyle i.e. all of the parts of the body functioning properly without any discomfort and devoid of problems. Everybody in the world must take care of their own health and not ignore any health issues otherwise it may lead to adverse consequences. Problems can take place due to changes in our lifestyle along with a lowering of body resistance. Regular check-ups and visits to the doctor are extremely important for keeping healthy.
There are many common health problems in today's world which most of us are facing. Common problems include diabetes, obesity, heart stroke, allergies, backache in addition to other body pains.
Diabetes is among the most more common medical conditions.It's a metabolic disorder, a disease which occurs due to the increased levels of blood glucose within the body as a consequence of less or no production of insulin within the body. Insulin is a hormone produced and secreted by the pancreas. Blood Sugar levels are increased after eating food and thr pancreas help to release the required volume of insulin in the blood stream in an effort to maintain correct blood sugar levels in the body. In diabetics the glucose level is increased within the body caused by low or improper use of insulin and this condition is known as hyperglycaemia.
Hypertension and Heart stroke
Hypertension can be described as condition in which the patient has high blood pressure levels in the arteries; this is also common in today's world. Arteries are the organs that carry blood from the heart to all the tissues as well as the other areas of the body. If the pressure is increased the heart must work harder to function which could sometimes trigger heartstroke, cardiac arrest, renal failure and heart failure. Blood pressure levels in the arteries is elevated if the person has hypertension. Normal blood pressure measures at 120/80. Common causes for hypertension are smoking, obesity, diabetes, high level of salt intake, lack of physical activity, stress as well as others. One must reduce the intake of sodium if stricken by hypertension.

In Search of Late Bloomers, Part 1: Phlox

Friday, August 24, 2012

Perhaps it is a certain reluctance to let go of summer, because every year at this time I find myself searching for  ways to extend the flowering season. 

I poke around nurseries, which are largely empty in late summer, looking for something to catch my eye. 

The majority of gardeners tend shop for plants in the spring. A natural inclination is to choose something with a bloom attached. Hey, I do it too! You want to know what you are getting after all. The problem with this selection method is that it often means that you have a garden filled with early summer flowers, and nothing but green come mid-August.

To get further pointers on late bloomers, I also like to visit other gardens and take note of plants in flower. 

For fun, I thought that I would do a series of posts on late summer bloomers based on both these sources of inspiration. The first up has to be a post on that cottage garden favourite: Phlox paniculata.

Phlox are one of my favourite flowers to photograph. I love the way the flowers catch the light. 

Some are sweetly fragrant, like this soft mauve colored one that I got from another gardener.

The Phlox paniculata in my garden grow in full sun, half-shade, and shade. That is quite a bit of versatility, if you ask me! From this experience, I would have to say that full sun and half-shade work best. The plants in deep shade are much slower to establish and have fewer flowers.

Phlox paniculata, 'Laura' and pink colored Phlox paniculata, 'Eva Cullum'

While beautiful, phlox do have a few drawbacks. They are slow to form a good sized clump.  The phlox growing along the front of our white picket fence are 3 or 4 years in the making. 

Phlox also don't appreciate drought conditions. Their leaves droop and look downright pathetic. I have had to water my plants regularly to keep them going during this year's drought.

Finally, phlox are prone to white powdery mildew. The good news is that there are lots of mildew-resistant varieties to choose from. Properly spacing the plants to allow good circulation helps to prevent problems and I have always kept this in mind when choosing a location for new plants. I still sometimes find a slight dusting of mildew late in the season, but it is never a big worry. 

Recently, I went shopping for new plants and I thought that I would share my findings, along with a few planting suggestions from my garden and in other gardens that I have admired.

Available at the nursery: Top left: Phlox paniculata, Flame Series, 'Barfourteen' Top right: Phlox paniculata, 'Nicky' Bottom: Phlox paniculata,'Pixie Miracle Grace'

At Larkwhistle Garden on the Bruce Peninsula a magenta colored phlox is combined with pink roses and a creamy colored sedum in the left corner.

 Phlox paniculata, 'Niki', and at its feet, Geranium, 'Rozanne' 
This is a combination from my own garden.

Another mauve and pink phlox available at the nursery: Top left:  Phlox paniculata,'Becky Towe'  Top Right:  Phlox paniculata, 'Laura'Bottom left:  Phlox paniculata, 'Peppermint Twist'  Bottom Right:  Phlox paniculata, 'Light Pink Flame'

A combination from Larkwhistle Gardens on the Bruce Peninsula: a hot pink phlox 
and a blue Globe Thistle, Echinops rito.

 Another pretty combination: this time it is an unknown pink variety and Russian Sage, Perovskia Atriplicifolia at the Niagara Botanical Garden

 A few of the warm mauves available at the local nursery: Top left: Phlox paniculata, 'Laura' 'Top Right: Phlox paniculata, "Speed Limit' has smaller, dainty flowers than most phlox 
Bottom: Phlox paniculata, 'Little Boy'

 Phlox at Lost Horizon's Nursery: Filling in at the base of a white hydrangea is a mauve-colored phlox. Below that, there are a mix of plants including: a heart-shaped brunnera, variegated Japanese sedge and an edging of bronze-colored ajuga.

I am sorry this is such a terrible picture, but I wanted to show a couple of white options. This is Phlox paniculata,'Jade'. The flowers are smaller (less floppy) than the well known variety called 'David'  and are a pale, greenish-cream.

Phlox paniculata, 'David'  is fragrant, and very mildew resistant. This variety is very tall and may require staking. Remove faded flowers to encourage a second round of flowers. 

White phlox used at Larkwhistle garden. Here it is combined with deep blue Monkshood, red Monarda, a yellow daylily and tall yellow Helenium.

Phlox paniculata,'Creme de Menthe' is similar to variegated 'Nora Leigh' which has leaves accented with cream. 'Creme de Menthe' is splashed with a more of butter color.

I ended up buying this one. I love those creamy-yellow and green leaves.

I have decided to plant my newly purchased 'Creme de Menthe' phlox next to a blue Agastache, 'Blue Fortune'. I think I'll add a sedum into this mix (possibly Sedum 'Autumn Joy' or 'Meteor').

Another beauty at Larkwhistle Gardens. I believe this phlox with lilac-blue flowers and a darker mauve eye is Phlox paniculata, 'Frans Schubert'. Height: 80-90 cm. Unfortunately, you need to watch out for mildew on 'Frans Schubert'.

Phlox paniculata, 'Gold Mine' is a mid-sized variety (70-75 cm) with yellow edged leaves.

Not all phlox are cool shades of pink, purple and white!

Phlox paniculata, 'Coral Flame' 

Again at Larkwhistle garden, a hot pink phlox is combined with white phlox, a star shaped 
Caster Bean Plant, and a tall, yellow Mullein.

I think you'll agree that, if you don't have any Phlox paniculata in your garden, 
you're really missing out on something at this time of the year.

Have a great weekend everyone!