Learn to be an observer in all seasons. Every single day, your garden has something new and wonderful to show you. ~Author Unknown
Look what I just noticed:
My Crepe Myrtle is blooming again!
I pruned it way back in mid-March, after the final frost, just as I was told. It looked like a brown stick above ground; who knew what was going on underneath?
Sadly, the other two which were bought and planted at the same time don’t appear to be alive. One lived barely the first year; the other, while small, bloomed until this year.
Two out of three isn’t bad, right?
Two out of three is great.
Pretty good for a batter. Or a gardener, huh?!
What a pretty plant! Two out of three sounds good to me – the only things that bloom year after year in my garden are the weeds… but, you know, I’m getting quite fond of some of them… 😉
The weeds have been prolific here, too. Must be all that rain we had in early Spring. Funny, though, how some of my flowers have done famously while others long ago bit the dust!
I love the late blooms of the Crepe Myrtle. It’s one of my favorite trees. They do better in the south. You really have to watch them in the north, as you know. Sounds like one at least was hearty enough to take your winters!
It’s one of my favorites, too! Every time we go to Gulfport, I fall in love with crepe myrtles all over again. But there, they grow into a more treelike shape, rather than the bushes we have. And the colors! Lilac, pale pink, white, watermelon red — they’re breath-taking!
Absolutely delightful! Never mind about the dead ones.
I haven’t given up hope completely over one of the “dead” ones, Lucy. I pruned it back, as I did this one, only no leaves ever appeared. And obviously, no flowers either. Still, I refuse to dig it up until next year. If it shows no sign of life then, well, I guess I’ll get out the shovel. Sniff!
You never know, it might just spring into life when you least expect it! I will keep everything crossed in hope 🙂
Thanks, Lucy! Guess I’m the eternal optimist, ha!
Lucky you. You got a second spring! And yes, two out of three is good. We lost a few, here and there, to freeze this year, but most have bloomed and are on the way out now. They do fine until the terrible heat begins. That’s the signal for them to cease blooming and start getting ready for fall, I suppose.
Ours were beautiful in Texas, Linda. And for some reason, they seemed to like the heat better than most plants. These were purchased because they’re “hardy,” but I guess two of them really weren’t. Their leaves are a beautiful color in the fall, but since mine just started blooming, I’m not quite ready for them to go dormant!
Yay! My mom thought she lost hers this past winter but it’s coming along now. We just bought one, same color as yours, to replace the Rose of Sharon we lost a while back. I think it’s a lovely replacement.
Oh, Suzi, so do I!! I just LOVE crepe myrtles. If it were up to me, I’d have a yard filled with them! But I imagine Illinois winters are harsher than they really like. Best of luck to you on your new addition — funny how we think of them as “babies” and tend them with such loving care!!
I love the deep pink ones and the purple. Hubby wanted a white one, but I won!
I’d have liked white or purple, too, but this color is most striking. Hope yours is rewarding for you both!
Is that a pink or red flower, do you suppose?
Can I call it pinky-red and be safe? I think the “fancy” name is “watermelon red,” so perhaps it’s a bit of both?!!
How about red-pink?
Okay, if you insist. I know you’re fond of RED!
Oh, I only like red a bit, you know.
What purty flowers! As my dad is fond of saying, I’m not sure why but that is how he admires flowers. I think pink is the perfect summer color. And your Crepe Myrtle is hot pink!
Gee, thanks, Katybeth! I can hardly wait until it’s in FULL bloom (this is just the beginning blooms). It seems to love these hot, dry days of late summer.
Don’t you just love witnessing unexpected flowers in your yard?!! xx
Absolutely, dear! And I’ve missed your lovely face around these parts — hope the vacation/break is going well, and I can’t wait to read about your adventures! xoxo
Beautiful. Glad this one survived. You really have a green thumb!
Shucks, thanks! I think we just got lucky and planted it in the right spot!