Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What the Flowers Know



I came across this little tunnel of Crepe Myrtle (also, according to Dictionary.com, Crape Myrtle) on a walk recently.  Initially, I took several dozen photos of the bright pink one blooming spectacularly in my yard, but wasn't satisfied with any of them.  After that, I set out into the neighborhood and kept trying, but was just never happy with what I had. 

As my frenzy for the perfect shot of a vibrant pink tree was building, I never noticed this variety with the quiet, lovely, white blooms. I just had to be in the right place - in more ways than one - to see it.  This one pretty much reached down from the sky to pat me gently on the head, which I thought was quite helpful. 

As it turns out, according to this color poster from the United States National Arboretum, there are at least 25 varieties, and it appears that they introduce new ones on a fairly regular basis.  Not only that, but they spell it "crapemyrtle."  I am mildly offended by that spelling, but will bow to the experts.  And the lessons just keep on coming. 


16 comments:

  1. I always wondered what this was called and now I know! (Thank you for another lesson :) I love how you framed this, though admit that 'crape' makes me cringe slightly too. Oh the wacky English language!

    (I loved your comment re: David statue - grad school leaves such strong memories, I'm sure that was a great grade photo!)

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    1. Thanks, Lulu. It definitely is a cringe-worthy spelling. Wacky is right!

      (Grad school really does have strong memories! :)

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    1. Grade school does, too, though! :)

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  3. I think in Sierra Madre you can spell a plant name any way you like it. That seems to be the philosophy behind "wistaria."

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    1. Ha! You have a point there! Even if they are going with the way the scientist-guy spells his name, "Wistar," it's one of those things where, doing it the "right way," still makes you sound goofy. Like the correct vs. common pronunciation of "forte," which I have discussed with the WF, and her husband, on a couple of occassions!

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  4. I never realized a crape myrtle came in white...It is beautiful. Marie

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    1. Me neither! It really is pretty. Although, my husband knew all along, as a self-professed connoisseur of the white flower! :)

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  5. Beautiful indeed.

    Please have a good new month.

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  6. Remember the end of "The Last Samurai"? They're all perfect...

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    1. Will there be trouble if I admit that I've never seen it?? I get the gist, though, and I like it!

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  7. They are pretty. I have a lavender Crape, but I also like the light pinkish lavender. They have beautiful bark too. 25 kinds? I'm going to look up the link now.

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    1. I like the light pinkish lavender, too. I just recently noticed the bark - it really is beautiful. When you are a desperate blog-photo hunter, your powers of observation increase daily.

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    1. Isn't it? Right in the middle of the sidewalk.

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