Let's see your tropical crepe myrtles!

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

I'm a proud new owner of a healthy looking, young tropical crepe myrtle. Lots of healthy growth. Only I don't know what color-blooms I'm going to be surprised with. Either pink or purple. Personally, I've never seen a tropical crepe myrtles. Have you got one? Care to flaunt your beauty for DGers to admire?
This ofcourse, will be overwinter indoor in our zone.

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Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Lily, the leaves of the plant in the forefront look just like my gardenia. Is that the same thing?

Also see the Duranta peeking through.......I have one just outside my window.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Christi;
The local nursery's gift to me. And I was told that it's "Tropical Crepe Myrtle". The pot is interplanted with Duranta and copper tree (hidden from view), and decorated with a trailing patato vine. No, it isn't gardenia, some of which are hardy here. I've several gardenia planted in my garden.

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

It is a beautiful arrangement. I'll be anxious to how the crepe myrtle blooms. Very different. You deserve it.

LouC

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

I'm looking forward to see how it mature into... At the mean time, I hope someone may have known the plant and share their pics. here with us.
Kim

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Lily, I haven't heard of a tropical crepe myrtle, but my fund of knowledge is limited...it looks like quite a few of the shrubs I have in the garden. Perhaps TM or RJ or Carol will be able to ID it for us, or we are just going to have to wait for the blooms....a suprise plant!

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Braveheartmom;
I may have to do just that and wait until it blooms. Chrissy may be able to I.D. this if I can catch up with her. :-)
Thanks.

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Around 5 oclock in our afternoon it is about noon tomorrow for her.

Keaau, HI(Zone 11)

There are a couple of Crepe Myrtles that bloom here...one is the Queens CM...but I haven't known one close and personal so I can't ID the leaves...flowers might be easier. They get quite large here!!!!

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Hi Carol,
That must be the one! The leaves are 2-3 times as large as our "regular" CM that I'm familiar with in our climates. I was told too, the blooms are really big. Thank you, for the additional info.

West Central, FL(Zone 9b)

Sorry for Lurking here...is this it?
http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/Lagerstroemia_speciosa.htm

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

I saw the leaves and YES, that's it! Thank you, shellabella. Woooohoooo, one impressive Queen CM!

West Central, FL(Zone 9b)

Oh Good....it is really pretty! Never heard of it before, thanks for mentioning it....or maybe not...lol!
My want list is getting so long. :)

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Tehehehehe,
So goes for mine (wish list), so I can really relate. Thanks again.
Kim

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Welcome bella, always trying to get the lurkers to join us. That is a great website. Noticed the link "Switch to Russian". huh?

LouC

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

We're going Global, I just love DG!!!

West Central, FL(Zone 9b)

Thanks Lou, I think the people that own that Nursery are Russian immigrants.
I just love that site, just spent quite a bit of time browsing there for the umteenth time..
now to wipe the drool off my keyboard.lol!

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Aloha Shellabella, and welcome!

I just KNEW Carol would be able to ID, now I got to go look it up in the "bible"!

Sydney, Australia

Hi everyone.....I have a few crapes .....not in flower yet as it is only mid Spring here.....they are beautiful trees and besides the wonderful flowers the bark and the Autumn (Fall) colour is wonderful......I know you will love your tree! They are one of my favourites.....I have 3 new types as well in the Summer Dream range.....these are mini and stay at about 8ft I have not seen the blooms yet but one is a deep purple and 2 are a hot red (so the label states) I also have pale lavender.....pink .... dusty pink and white.I will post when the flowers come on.
happy gardening everyone
chrissy

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Hi Chrissy;
..."mid spring"...woohooo, now I know where I'd like to be the rest of the winter. Besides, Hawaii, lol. I'm looking forward to seeing your CM posting in the future.
Kim

Sydney, Australia

Ha ha ha I borrowed some pics for you to look at while we wait
in this picture you get to see the fall colour and the wonderful bark patterns appear after 3/4 years....beautiful trees in all seasons in my opinion

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Sydney, Australia

Another

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Sydney, Australia

I love them

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Sydney, Australia

this too

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Sydney, Australia

So happy dreaming :)

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Gulp! What spectacular view! I'm dreaming of a tropical vacation! Lalalalalala.

Sydney, Australia

One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen is the thick white walled garden of the Church at my son's school......over which towered the wonderful Queen Crapes......in all their majesty! so glorious it took my breath away!......that was in 1974 when it was just about the only crepe available.I vowed to collect as many as I could after that .....they would announce the seasons.....and in all their different seasons they were just magic!

West Central, FL(Zone 9b)

How spectacular Chrissy......!!!!!!!!!

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Great pictures Chrissy! They are beautiful!

What a great gift Lily_Love! You are so lucky to get it!

Sydney, Australia

Hi 77!.....how are you mate? I have just been looking around in Ll 's garden over in another forum ....beautiful!....We are so lucky to be able to do that aren't we?......and I have a sore tummy from all the stuff going down in todays article on being a garden addict....what a scream......ha ha ha go take a look it is sooooo funny !
(((hugs )))
chrissy

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Super duper pics Chrissy! I haven't noticed any around here, would love to have one in the garden but wouldn't it be difficult to choose which color - they are all beautiful!

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Do they grow from cuttings? hint, hint!

Sydney, Australia

Yes pretty easily from winter cuttings and you can play "new " ones with the seeds! ...What more could anyone want.....sorry you are so far away or I would give you some myself!
We actually had a real Twister last night wipe out (no deaths ) a small town over the other side of the mountains here.....we don't have them in NSW! so I am betting that our gardens are slowly changing to accomodate different conditions we now experience, in reading the forums I can see some folk are growing stuff they couldn't before.I wonder what the next ten years will bring?
Happy gardening everyone!

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Chrissy, met a fellow Ausie yesterday. Had such a great time. Went to lunch at a Tea Room in an old (over 100 years) Victorian house and "Ronnie" is the owner/occupant/chef/gardner.
It was delightful. She had pets everywhere, which I loved and she took us on a tour of her backyard garden which included the herbs that were in our luncheon dishes. I listened to her wonderful lilting voice and thought of you. Now I will imagine that as I read your posts.
It is within 15 miles of my home and I will be making this a frequent stop. I told her I knew another that was a terrific gardener/chef/hostess. Who knows, I may actually get to meet you someday. Wouldn't that be loverly.

Christi

Sydney, Australia

May I call you Christi............ha ha ha well one of the things I love best is showing folk around the garden.....people get such a big shock when we enter the "secret garden" out the back because everything around us here is farms and paddocks .There would be nothing I would enjoy more than to take you around the garden and then feed you a wonderful meal......your friend and I would get along just fine!
I would welcome any of my new found gardening friends fron d's g
off to church now! back later....7am in the morning ....Sunday :)

Sydney, Australia

See the contrast

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Sydney, Australia

All around us are paddocks and market gardens

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Sydney, Australia

The farmers around here would think I am nuts to waste farm land on flowers and non edibles ......but I combine both!

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Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

So lovely. It is Saturday afternoon here. Still lots to do to get ready for the RU tomorrow.

Sydney, Australia

I hope it all goes well for you.Have a good one Christie and everyone! :)

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