The jacarandas were so splendid in their spectacular purple this year it was sad to see them fade. But crepe myrtles to the rescue.
I took these photos on my street when walking up to Trader Joe’s one day way back in July (do you remember that far back?).
The crepes weren’t at their tip top best then but I didn’t have the time to run out and take more photos.
However, they were looking pretty darn good just the same.
According to Wikipedia, “crape myrtle or crepe myrtle, is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to the Indian Subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia and parts of Oceania, cultivated in warmer climates around the world.”
“It is a member of the Lythraceae, which is also known as the loosestrife family. The genus is named after the Swedish merchant Magnus von Lagerström, who supplied Carolus Linnaeus with plants he collected.”
The crepe myrtles I see come in white, pink and dark pink.
They need full sun and grow in dry to medium moisture.
I am ashamed to report this is the sad crepe myrtle outside my building. I doubt that anybody else in my condo association has even noticed or cares. I honestly don’t know what the problem is.
I saw these on my walk today. These people obviously take care of their crepes.
I had to drop some documents off at UPS so I decided to make the 40-minute (one way) walk up there instead of driving. I was just reading that one of the major reasons Americans are at the bottom of the pile in terms of health relative to all the other western industrial countries is lack of exercise.
That metal monster sitting in your garage that you know fondly as your car is actually killing you. You don’t need to be in an auto accident.
Just driving your car instead of taking public transportation or walking (what a concept) is one of the reasons the US compares so badly to other nations in health. There are other reasons like eating too much and not having access to medical care, but exercising too little is a big one.
I love to walk. I especially enjoy walking around with my camera. I am in danger of being run over by some mindless driver on his cell phone, that is definitely true. But I won’t die from lack of walking!
And by driving everywhere you miss so much. Do you really see details of the flowers and the trees when you are behind the wheel?
Now I wonder, when the crepe myrtles fade away, what is next?
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