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On the first day of summer 2011, the dwarf blue spruce that I had planted eighteen years ago at the west end of the front yard garden (or the north end of the side yard garden, take your pick), having long since proven that it wasn't actually a dwarf (it had already grown taller than the house and was intruding on the front porch), was encouraged to do an impression of the walls of Jericho and was brought tumbling down. A lovely Crepe Myrtle was planted in its place. It came with buds already bursting into bloom. It looks quite nice and, unlike the non-dwarf blue spruce, should never overwhelm the front of the house (famous last words). Here are a few photos of it taken just after planting.
It has five individual stems, each supported by a bamboo stake.
These are the blossoms that have already opened.
The next two shots are taken from the front porch.
More buds are opening.
Early summer color is very welcome in the garden!
Early to mid-July finds the Crepe Myrtle bursting into full bloom.
The crepe myrtle made it through the non-winter of 2012 just fine, though one limb was broken off by the heavy wet snow during the Halloween 2011 snowstorm. In early April it's begun to grow its leaves.
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