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Exit jacarandas, enter crepe myrtles stage left

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culver city crepe myrtles

The jacarandas were so splendid in their spectacular purple this year it was sad to see them fade. But crepe myrtles to the rescue.

culver city crepe myrtles

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?).

culver city crepe myrtles

The crepes weren’t at their tip top best then but I didn’t have the time to run out and take more photos.

culver city crepe myrtles

However, they were looking pretty darn good just the same.

culver city crepe myrtles

culver city crepe myrtles

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.”

culver city crepe myrtles

“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.”

culver city crepe myrtles

The crepe myrtles I see come in white, pink and dark pink.

culver city crepe myrtles

culver city crepe myrtles

They need full sun and grow in dry to medium moisture.

culver city crepe myrtles

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.

culver city crepe myrtles

I saw these on my walk today. These people obviously take care of their crepes.

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.

I saw these on my walk today. These people obviously take care of their crepes.

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.

culver city crepe myrtles

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.

culver city crepe myrtles

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!

culver city crepe myrtles

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?

culver city crepe myrtles

culver city crepe myrtles

Now I wonder, when the crepe myrtles fade away, what is next?

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

6 thoughts on “Exit jacarandas, enter crepe myrtles stage left

  1. Love the crepes–they signal summer.

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  2. Thank you for the beautiful tour. I aloways love crepe myrtles.

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  3. Beautiful blossoms, but I feel really sorry for the sad little tree in your area. 😦

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