I don't want to show this to anyone in McKinney Texas. McKinney bills itself as the Crape Myrtle City.
And Paris, Texas has an annual Crape Myrtle Queen. I shall not be sending a link to that fair city as well.
It's the middle of the summer and these magnificent, tree-size Lagerstroemia fauriei were just starting to bloom. Then the U.S. Postal Service groundskeepers came and cut off the tops!
Why? Because it was part of the maintenance checklist.
Here's what our Crape Myrtles normally look like this time of year.
And here are the ones in front of the post office. I watched 20 people walk by and nobody noticed.
That means that if nobody cares, then why not leave them alone and let them provide shade and blooms all summer.
Here's one of the white-flowering Japanese Crape Myrtles in bloom.
And here we are back at the Post Office. Maybe I should hang the stop sign in the trees!
I normally don't notice Crape Myrtles. But the ones at the post office are the species with the beautiful cinnamon colored bark....Lagerstroemia fauriei. Most of our trees here in Houston have the pale brown bark of L. indica.
Here's the beautiful bark of one of their trees.
I'll leave you with some nice blooms to think about.
Hope your Post Office is smarter than mine!
All for now.