Garden Living: Highlighting White Crepe Myrtles
Crepe Myrtle Canopies and White Flower Power
White flower beauty is in season year round and white crepe myrtles are one of the best flowering plants you can own for summer joy.
Here in the sunny South their cooling effect on the mind and body is a seasonal blessing that we look forward to each summer by taking care of our crepes.
As far as I can tell, white flowers have the power to influence the garden for good and white crepes are living proof of that fact.
The aura of hope that their blooming petals present often reminds me of the line, “Behind every green leaf tip is the power of God” from Amy Carmichael's poetic pen.
One of the reasons I garden is because there are white flowers. It is “always” time to have white flowers blooming and I will always bow to their rule in my gardens!
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Crepe Myrtles in Bloom:
White Flowers Rule and White Crepe Myrtles are Glorious
On a windy day when the white crepes are in bloom we have an amazing summer snowfall. Benches under a canopy created by three mature trees provide us with a cool place to enjoy an evening of dancing petals showering down over everything.
Just like one of our average southern snowfalls there are no real drifts, but a sweet, light dusting of white blooms. It's a wonderfully relaxing experience!
A glass (real glass--not plastic!) of real lemonade with fresh-frozen blueberries is the perfect ending to any summer day. Cool and refreshing for a southern evening, it's a delightful wind down to enjoy while sitting under our crepes frosted with white blooms.
There's nothing like enjoying that drink as we hail neighbors walking their dogs and watch our cat curled under the table flick her ears toward the slightest sounds. Listening to birds settling in for the evening and enjoying these trees' gifts can't be adequately described.
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Make a Crepe Myrtle Canopy for Your Garden
If you want to have a crepe myrtle canopy, do not commit “crepe myrtle murder.” Not only is the natural beauty of the tree spoiled when the tops of crepes are chopped off each fall, but their life expectancy is diminished. No matter what any one says, resist! Do not do it!
Our crepes' shadowy canopy is a fabulous refuge from the heat and the blooms put on a sumptuous show that exceeds each year’s expectations. Besides all that, there's no easier way to grow shade flowers throughout a southern summer than under a crepe myrtle canopy.
Crepe myrtles grow quickly (if not murdered) and come in a variety of colors, but the cooling white variety is a sure winner no matter what color you decide to paint your house or what other colors you plant in your garden.
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Have you ever seen white crepe myrtles snow down their blooms in the summer?
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