Monday, September 11, 2017

Crape Myrtles Arrive.

9-11-17 SHORT HILLS: I don’t know if climate change affects the frequency of hurricanes, but it just seems logical that hotter water has more energy, is less viscous, evaporates more easily, and hotter air also has more energy and certainly holds more water vapor, all of which make storms more intense.

The weather here is lovely, warm afternoons and cool nights. I have continues to do pruning and weeding and trimming. Now I am working on the foundation plantings to prep for the painters, who arrive in a few weeks. I removed a lot of bamboo stalks from the sunroom area, some dead, some too close to the house. First I cut them down and then cut them up to fit into the cars for dump runs. Judy was a huge help dragging them out to the driveway, and then driving them to the dump when I filled a car with the cut up stalks. There were four carloads. That was the biggest job of the painting prep, so far.

We planted two crape myrtle trees, Lagerstroemia muskogee, crepe is also acceptable if you want to go français. Actually the guys from the Farm planted them as they were good sized with big root balls. They’re each about six feet tall, one pink and one red flowering.

Our ash trees are already showing fall color and beginning to drop leaves, and one sugar maple on our street has some orange. I don’t know if this means an early foliage season or not, but hints at that. The ash are the last trees to leaf out in the spring and the first to dump in the fall. Could one say that they are the most deciduous?

Crape myrtle flower cluster with many buds yet to open. Each cluster of stamens and styluses is surrounded by six crinkled petals. If you look closely at the buds, you can see that they are hexagonal.

Maizie likes this one best. It's about six feet tall.

Ash trees are already turning...

And so is this sugar maple.

Another crape myrtle flower getting a visit from Mr. Bumble.

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