Our lovely Crepe Myrtle, blossoming all summer with a spectacular show of flowers, continues to grow so well for us in Southern California. I especially love the variety of color available, whether it grows as a tree or bush. This photo was taken towards the end of summer. The colors stay through some of the Fall season then the tree goes bare and begs to be pruned and trimmed. Do you have Crape Myrtles in your area?
Commonly known as Crape myrtle or Crepe myrtle, it 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.
Myrtle Quote Examples"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it."
-- Austen, Jane (Mansfield Park, ch.22.)
"Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
There are lots of excellent books for purchase at Amazon.com but I didn't know one could purchase seeds.
This video shows a beautiful display of the Crape Myrtle that grows well in NC. The music is a riot! :=)
LadyD Books is participating in Quote It Saturday and Flowers for Saturday.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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