Crepe Myrtle After The Rain

Crape or Crepe Myrtles can be grown in zones 7 to 9 in the USA in any soil type. The site should be in the bright, hot sun: full or partial sun (6hrs min). No heavy shade for Crape Myrtles. It’s very popular in the southeastern USA. Crepe Myrtles are originally from Asia.

When summer comes here in central Florida, I always look forward to the crepe myrtle trees flowering. I see them everywhere as they are very popular. The second year I was living in my home, an old dying tree was leaning toward my neighbor’s home. I had it cut down. The next year I planted a small crepe myrtle tree with hot pink blossoms in the old tree’s spot in the front yard. Several days ago after a morning rain I took photos to share.

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Heather’s Michigan Garden 2022

I’m very happy today to share another season of Heather’s Garden in Michigan. Heather is married to my nephew James.  Photos today by Heather Murphy.  (Slight editing and mosaics by yours-truly.)  Thanks again Heather for your generosity.   For several weekends toward the end of May, Heather was working in the garden. First with her extensive perennials and then adding annuals. The overall effect is a lush green oasis in suburbia.

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April Morning

The white frangipani (Plumeria alba) is a deciduous plumeria tree that is native to tropical areas. 

Magnolia grandiflora, Southern Magnolia, is a native of Florida and the southeastern U.S. It is one of the most widely grown trees in Florida and also one of the most widely cultivated Magnolias in the world. It is a large, stately, evergreen tree that can grow 30 to 80 feet tall with canopies spreading 30 to 50 feet wide.


Last week I went into the front yard one morning and examined the frangipani tree for leaves. Due to the late cold spells in March, they are very small.  In previous years, I ‘ve had frangipani blooms before the end of April.  With the temperatures in the 80’s, I’ll watch to see if they grow quickly.


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Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia, commonly known as 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 very popular here in the southeastern USA in growing zones 6 to 10.



One of my sumer loves is the crepe myrtle trees throughout central Florida.  They come in colors of white, light pink, and a vivid dark pink.  I have a large crepe myrtle in the back yard with light pink flowers. In the front yard is a younger tree with vivid pink.


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