Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Crape Myrtles are a Bloomin'


This time of year Birmingham is covered with the blossoms of the crape myrtle. They come in all colors of white, lilac, pink and my personal favorite that I call watermelon, shown here today. Birmingham 'eye candy' for sure!

13 comments:

Bibi said...

Your 'eye candy' looks good enough to eat.

Thérèse said...

Crape myrtle look like competitors to bougainvilliers that you should have to I presume.

Lelia said...

It's funny that you refer to that color as watermelon. When I was a little girl I used to walk to the corner market with my grandmother. On the way there we always passed a crape myrtle that I referred to as "the watermelon tree" because I never could remember the proper name.

Daryl said...

Here in NewYawkCitay too ... there are several small ones blooming on the mall between 79th-78th Sts .. a white and two reds .. so pretty

Char said...

beautiful shots - I like it when the wind blows and they release part of their blooms - it's like heavenly, fluffy, fragrant snow in pastel colors

Rambling Round said...

They just keep on a'bloomin', don't they? The best summer shrub ever.

cewmont said...

I have the watermelon-colored ones in my yard. My aunt, who lives in Texas, once made a comment that crape myrtles were indigenous to Texas. She just hasnt been around Alabama during blooming season, obviously!

Virginia said...

Lelia,
My grandmother had this color in her yard and she watched each day to see how many new blooms she had. I love them too!

Char,
I've tried to get the white ones with the petals all over the ground like snow. So far not such great pics but I'll keep trying.

marley said...

I think watermelon is a great name for this colour! Sounds like one of those Dulux paint colours that have bizarre names, like Toffee Apple, Gravel, etc!

Jacob said...

Watermelon is a good color! But then, in Georgia I remember eating yellow watermelons.

Heh, Heh! Just giving you a hard time, V.

Our crepe myrtles are still blooming but they don't look this good anymore.

Bob Crowe said...

Now what do I know from flowers? I probably couldn't tell crape myrtle from crepe paper. My wife is always asking me, "now, do you remember what kind of flower this is?" Duh, no.

Ken Mac said...

absolutely psychedelic. Not that I have ever taken partaken of such things....

Virginia said...

KM,
Well I certainly hope not!HA You're a piece of work. I don't know that I've ever heard a crape myrtle referred to as "psychedelic" !!!! LOL

Bob,
Stick to law.

Jacob,
Seen any gators lately?