It is a July tradition here at A Tidewater Gardener to showcase the city's glorious Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) trees. It's not that we are the only place that can grow them, it's just that they grow so damn well here and are Norfolk's dominant street tree. That being said, this month I have bent even more, some already bent Bloom Day rules. We will travel a little further up the Chesapeake and look at the Crape Myrtles in the small harbor town of Onancock.
Onancock straddles two forks of a deep creek by the same name on the bay side of Virginia's beautiful Eastern Shore. Its unusual and often mispronounced name (oh-NAN-cock) comes from its first inhabitants, the native Americans, and meant "foggy place". Though, it was quite sunny when I took these pictures. The town is fairly historic, is filled with notable architecture and has always been a low key, yet busy place. The creek and bay beyond were historically its source of wealth as watermen and farmers shipped the region's bounty to larger markets. Onancock was chartered in 1680 and quietly tended to its own business until being "discovered" only recently. Now there are art galleries, antique stores, restaurants and other businesses that cater to the weekend trade and the sailing set.
We will start our tour at the town square, then we'll head to Cokesbury Church and then down Market Street.
The most noteworthy house in town is Ker Place, which was built in 1799 and is now the home of the Eastern Shore Historical Society. To see the Crape Myrtles there we will have to look a little...
and out the door to an allée of Crape Myrtles.
I hope you have enjoyed this Bloom Day tour of Onancock, and if you would like to see what is blooming in other places, then you should visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens. On the 15th of each month, she gathers blooms from gardens all over the globe and shares them with the rest of us. When you see her tell her thank you.