Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Summer Ramblings - New York Crepe Myrtles

I love walking around in places I am visiting, because you never know what you might find. 

Yesterday, in Yonkers, a city that borders New York City on the north, I saw a flowering plant that I had never seen before in New York State.   It was a plant that I remember well from living, years ago, in the Southern United States.

It's one of my favorite flowering plants, and I had not seen one in bloom since 2011, when we visited Virginia in July.
It's a plant I wish we could grow where I live in upstate New York, because it is so pretty and long blooming.  So may I introduce to you:

A New York crepe myrtle.

This plant's bark had been wrapped in something, and I just wasn't sure of what I was seeing.  But, a few hundred feet later on my walk, I saw another plant.  And when I saw the bark, there was almost no doubt.

But, since I never expected to see this plant in southern New York, I checked with someone I know who lived for years in the South, and my ID was correct.


You just never know what will happen when you take a walk.  And now, with only one more Summer Ramblings until fall starts next week, I treasure each and every flower I see.

11 comments:

  1. Supposedly, you can grow some of the crape myrtles here in Michigan. But I lost several limbs on a sweet gum tree after a particularly hard winter two years ago because it is growing at the northern edge of its range. I'll just have to enjoy your pictures.

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  2. Crepe myrtle- I never knew there was a variety named after NY State.

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  3. Where on earth did the year go? Pretty soon you'll have snow.

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  4. you know the names of plants so well... I just say that 'pink colored flower' :P Looks very pretty.

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  5. We have a few crepe myrtles in our yard here in Cape May, NJ. They are my favorite!
    b

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  6. I love when you go for a walk because I know you'll share whatever you see. Those Crepe Myrtles are so pretty.

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  7. Did someone transplant it from a more southern locale?

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  8. It looks a lot like bougainvillea that grows beautifully in India.

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  9. I loved reading about this as it refreshed my memory to when I first saw them in Bangalore - a city in south of India - these have such pretty colours. I spent many mornings photographing them and even wrote a blog post about them. Do drop into read my version too whenever you have some free time. Cheers

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  10. How i love such colorful plants. I am planning to visit a horticultural garden next month and get loads of saplings for my balcony garden!

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  11. The pictures are so beautiful! Orchids and blossoms are my favorites. I love the sight of flowers in general and so never miss my morning walk just too the beautiful flowers and observe them growing around me.

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