6/25/10

Flower Friday - Crape Myrtle

Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Flower Friday!!
Mama just loves this silly hat picture, whatever Mama...On to the Flowers!!

This week I asked Mama to take pictures of my most favorite Texas Flowers. Mama says it is really a bush or tree...what ever Mama, they are almost the only thing that has color in this icky hotness.
 Aren't they pretty!!
 Mama found some information on these for you if you want to read about it...if not, just scroll down real fast for more pretty flower pictures.



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From Wikipedia:
The Common Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) from China and Korea, was introduced circaCharleston, South Carolina, in the United States by the French botanist Andre Michaux. In the wild the species is most often found as a multi-stemmed large shrub, but two hundred years of cultivation has resulted in a huge number of cultivars of widely varying characteristics. Today it is possible to find crape myrtles to fill every landscape need, from tidy street trees to dense barrier hedges all the way down to fast-growing dwarf types of less than two feet which can go from seed to bloom in a season (allowing gardeners in places where the plant is not winter hardy to still enjoy the intense colors of the frilly flowers). In Europe crape myrtle is common in the south of France, the Iberian Peninsula and all of Italy; in the United States it can be seen anywhere south of USDA Zone 6, doing best and avoiding fungal diseases in mild climates that are not overly humid such as inland California and Texas. In some parts of Texas, the Crape myrtle is also known as a Cuddle Tree.
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Mama took all of these Crape Myrtle Pictures on our neighborhood walks this week:
 Crape Myrtles come in all kinds of colors...here is a white one. 

More pink Crapes...with a little Texas sky thrown in for Skyday

In this picture you can see the little green budlets!

Here is a pretty red one!!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!!

38 comments:

Two Pitties in the City said...

I love the silly hat picture too. And it matches the flowers!

JackDaddy said...

I don't think I've seen the red ones before. I used to grow these at my house until they were big as trees!

Tanuki Maxx said...

Pretty flowers, so rich in color!
Yup, the hat matches the flower so!!
Happy Friday to you!

Cheers,
Maxx

thedivinemissmolly said...

Your Mama sure takes great photos and my Mom gets all wistful when she sees things from Texas as she loves it there and misses it. She wants to live there one day as she says it is her spiritual home.
Have a spiffy day my furends
Love
Molly

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

What pretty flowers, we enjoyed your pictures and descriptions so much.
Although - we can't decide which is the prettiest you or the flowers - yes, it's definitely you!
Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

MONA AND MOMMY TOO!! said...

Congradulations on your 1 year blog aversity. Mommy just loves all the flowers you have on your posts. You know Mommy is a flower nut too.

You look so cute in your hat.

{{{huggies}}}...Mona

Mango said...

It is good to have many different flowers so there is something pretty no matter what the weather. Happy Friday!

Slobbers,
Mango

Bella the Westie said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos of flowers.
They make me smile :)
Hope you have a brilliant weekend!

Love, Bella.

Maggie Mae said...

Dora,
I luvs Flower Friday and your silly hat picture too!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Mack said...

We've never seen a red crepe myrtle before!! How pretty!
All our colorful flowers are dead now due to this horrible heat (and mom forgetting to water them!)
Congrats on your one year blogaversary!

Sugars,
Mack

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Well, we agree with Mom - we LOVE you in your pretty hat. Perfect for the garden tour too.

Our crepe myrtle is just getting ready to bloom, seems to be later this year. Ours is a pretty shade of purple. We love the bright pink ones you showed us.

Have a great weekend.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

We didn't realize that Crape Myrtle came in so many different colors.

Adore the hat!!

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Rebecca and Daisy Mae said...

Happy Flower Friday! You hat picture is kind of silly, but its also very cute.
Daisy Mae

mayziegal said...

Sorry, Dory. But I'm pretty partial to the picture of you in a hat, too! You looks adorable!

Those were Most Beautiful tree flowers!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

BRUTUS said...

Don't think we've ever seen or heard of Cape myrtle before - how beautiful! We can't help but notice that the hot pink one matches your pretty hat, Dory!

Multiple Snorts-
Brutus (& Carmen) the Frenchie(s)

houndstooth said...

I think you look most elegant in your hat, Dory!

Our crepe myrtles still haven't bloomed yet, but we love it when they do! We haven't seen red ones. Ours are hot pink and are called Hopi.

Bunny

Frankie Furter said...

Those are beautiful pictures.

Remington said...

Great pics! Have a fun filled weekend!

Martha and Bailey said...

Beautiful pics although our favourite was you in your silly hat!
Even though we refuse to wear them we do like them!
love
Martha and Bailey xxx

ScrapsofMe said...

I'm thinking with that cute pink hatty, you could HIDE in the pink bushes...and have a great sneak attack on a tree rat! Maybe if yer Momma got you a camo-pink outfit? You could be all kitted out in girlie hunting camo and the stinkin squirrels would never she you coming!

WOOHOO!

sniffies all around!
Bonnie

Mommy, I'm Home said...

Beautiful flowers. We don't get such beautiful flowers here in Colorado.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Dory the crepe Myrtles do so love the HOT weather. They are blooming happily up here too.

Mom never understands how the delicate flower can withstand the heat...

Happy Weekend Madi

Kari in WeHo said...

those sure are pretty. I wonder if they smell half as nice?

the booker man said...

miss dory,
we love crape myrtles, and we love your post!! oh, and you look cutsies in your hat no matter what you think! :)
*woof*
the booker man

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh - they are so, so pretty!! And such amazing colours! My human is useless with plants (she has a "black" thumb) so she really appreciates learnign more about them! :-)

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Bandit's Pack said...

That pink hat looks beautiful on you, Dory!! All those different-colored varieties of crape myrtle are beautiful, too!!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dory!
You look adorable in that picture!
The Crape Myrtles are beautiful!
Happy Friday!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

The Army of Four said...

Totally gorgeous! And the crape myrtles aren't bad, either!
Luv,
Dave

Tank said...

I just noticed you spelled Crepe wrong... ooops. They're very pretty Dory. Hope you have a nice COOL weekend. Is that possible in Texas?

K9friend said...

Very nice pictures! I love the beautiful colors...and the hat, too!

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

Tank said...

Guess you didn't spell it wrong. I just looked it up & see both spellings used. How confusing.

Teddy Bear said...

You look pawfect in your hat, Dory. Nice flowers.:)

Love,
Teddy Bear

bermudabluez said...

Dory! We agree with your mama....the hat is just so YOU! You look so CUTE in it!!! And the flowers are just amazing....so big and bright and colorful!!! LOVE them!!
xoxoxox Chloe and LadyBug

tula said...

Oh dory, you're as pretty as a flowah! luv the rich red ones..


HAPPY FLOWER FRIDAY BACK TO YA,
TULA

Thor said...

You look lovely in your hat picture, Dory! Love it!
Beautiful flowers today!
Have a wonderful weekend you all!

JD and Max said...

Hi Dory - oh, we so love your flowery fridays, they're one of FH's favourite posts of the week. And Dory - we think you look simply divine in that hat, we think it should be your official 'ff' photo!! It's SO nice to see bright colours when the heat is so intense isn't it? That's why FH loves the poppies round here so much! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Oskar said...

You look very dainty in your hat! My mom person really likes those flowers, too.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

"Cuddle Tree" -- best plant name ever!