It is a July tradition at A Tidewater Gardener to celebrate my city's signature tree, the crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica and hybrids). Last year's celebration took place elsewhere, but this year we are bringing it back home, and if you want to know more about why this tree is special here, then you can read more here. My son and I got on our bikes this past Friday, enjoying temperatures in the low 80's, and began our trip at Old Dominion University, home to some very nice plantings.
Despite a love affair with urban renewal, Norfolk still keeps a few older buildings lying around, and the crape myrtles grow by them just as well.
Let's head downtown where there are more than a few crapes to look at.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is an event held on the 15th of each month where gardeners who blog can post about what they have blooming. The host of this world-wide event is Carol of May Dreams Garden, and if you would like to see for yourself, then please pay her a visit.
(Stay tuned as the Florida travelogue resumes in upcoming posts. You won't want to miss the next one, as I have a close encounter with a different species, Alligator mississippiensis.)