I Wuz Just Thinking: The Colors of Summer

I’ve never been able to  understand how they could grow and be so beautiful in the hundred-plus degree temperatures.

High temperatures have hovered over our East Texas area these past few weeks.

The hottest temperatures bring out the most beautiful pink, white, purple, or red colored flowers on the Crepe Myrtle trees.

The grounds of the local city park, with it’s swimming pool and public library, are lined with beautiful Crepe Myrtle trees.  I’ve never been able to  understand how they could grow and be so beautiful in the hundred-plus degree temperatures without having an irrigation system to give it water.

Betty Mahurin Baker

One would think perhaps that Crepe Myrtles related to the cacti family.

Less water, better the bloom.

I was blessed growing up in the little community where someone planted all these trees for the enjoyment of the public.

I planted some cuttings from a friend’s tree to start my own Crepe Myrtle bushes in my yard.

While sitting at my computer, I have a nice view through the glass patio doors. The beauty of the trees reflect their colorful flowers.

Not only are the flowers beautiful in the heat of the summer, but they provide a special fall color when the months begin to have a chill to them.

Crepe Mytle trees in my yard require very little care.  I do not have a green thumb, so they must not depend on me. The Good Lord does the work for me.

Usually, sometime in the winter months, I finally persuade one of my grandsons to come over with his chain saw and lop off the tops of the trees.  There is a power line that runs above them, so they must not be allowed to grow very tall.

For now, August through September, I will be able to enjoy the beauty of the Crepe Myrtle trees, as I was just thinking.

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