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.
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.