Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Second Blooms

I love crepe myrtles....I really do.  We had a bit of landscaping done this summer and  they planted 2 nice sized crepe myrtles.  It was 100 degrees at the time, hot wind blowing and the bushes began to suffer.  The leaves started to curl, the blooms were wilted so I got out the pruning shears (actually my scissors).  I cut off all of the blooms and watered the heck out of them.  In no time they began to perk up.  You know transplanting during the blooming season is very hard on plants, much less when the weather is so HOT.

Buds began to reappear:

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And blooms opened:

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And once again the crepe myrtle blooms:

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I trim the blooms off every year when they start to die and get two sets of beauty. I read this in southern living years ago and I'm here to tell you this trick works!! I love it.


Solar Powered said...

Wow, so pretty. You have such a green thumb that I did not inherit :(

T's Daily Treasures said...

Yea for things that survive, thrive and bloom! It's a good thing to cut flowers from your garden and enjoy them indoors. It helps them to grow even more the next season. Have a great rest of the day. :) Tammy

Brandy Marie said...

O how pretty :) Our landscaper transplanted one of our oleanders (big one!) in the early summer. Warm (90-100+) but still got cool overnight lows. It ended up dying, even after babying the heck out of it with! Im glad to see your made it thru the heat & planting :) Beautiful :) _B

Sandi said...

These are BEAUTIFUL! I wonder if they will grown in the midwest. (Obviously, I don't remember where you are located at the moment.) I will have to Google to learn more about this plant, it truly would be a welcomed addition in any garden.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Nanny, I love Crepe Myrtles --and yours are doing great....Love that color. Enjoy them over and over.

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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

They are beautiful trees (shrubs?)! I wish I could grow them here but it gets too cold in the winter for them to survive. I'm glad it's cooled down there a little for you!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

They are my heroes of the plant world!! I don't know how they do it, but they not only survive this brutal heat, they look gorgeous!! Love yours, Nanny! They especially thrive under your good care! blessings ~ tanna

Marguerite said...

I have lots of Crepe Myrtles and they are such a joy to behold. Looks like you did very well with yours. Gorgeous!