A group of Crepe Myrtle blooms at our East Texas farm!
Summer is the ideal time for Crepe Myrtle trees in Texas. They evidently need their winter sleep to deal with the hot weather. I have never even thought about Crepe Myrtle trees being dormant during the colder weather. No wonder that the grade I earned in my college botany class was far less than outstanding…I must not have paid attention to a word that was said. Too many other things were on my mind. I was far more interested in being on the college newspaper staff and taking pictures with an actual news camera. Learning to develop the film and then enlarge the pictures was a thrill!
A Crepe Myrtle growing near the tractor trail to one of our barns.
The scientific study of plants was certainly not a thrill for someone who was still a teenager! No doubt…I would absolutely love that class now! We have so many Crepe Myrtles scattered throughout our farm. Some of these pretty flowering trees are hidden away in deeply wooded areas…to be discovered by sheer accident!
More Texas Crepe Myrtle trees at our farm!
A flowering tree discovered by a sheer and beautiful accident. A Crepe Myrtle quietly slipped into the woods to grow beside tall pine trees and delicate wildflowers. Such a sight to behold! And this feat of nature has happened over and over again!
…and look for hidden flowering trees in the quiet of the afternoon!
I love crepe myrtles. You made such a beautiful connection with dormant! I’m glad you didn’t make a connection in the college class, because somehow science takes away from the poetry of nature!
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Yes…I agree with the connection or rather disconnection between science and nature! Now…I would like to know more about the plant species…what grows best when and where! We are down at our farm for the weekend and we have seen so many crepe myrtles all through the small nearby towns! Thank you so much for your comment!!
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Here’s a good article I found. http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/beginners-guide-crepe-myrtles
Just remember they do need pruning after blooming and in such a way that branches sont overlap each other. Article tells what to do with fungus, if any.
A little care and fertilizer gives the most amazing blooms. Enjoy!