crepe myrtle.

June 30, 2009

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what a name. what a flower. blooming all over this old town and as pretty as can be. i didn’t grow up with crepe myrtle in my backyard and so for me the flower still feels like the stuff of novels–just another part of a romanticized south where porch doors slam and dusty yards get swept with a broom, and moms are called mama. and then i see it all fuschia and brilliant in the summer haze, and it’s as real as can be and even more beautiful than that. oh, crepe myrtle, you’re gonna make me lonesome when i go…
 
p.s. tomorrow i will be one quarter of a century old, and to mark the occasion, i might bring a few of your blooms into my little house. yes, i think i will. i hope you don’t mind.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Allison June 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    oooh, crepe myrtle. that's a new one to me. i love it already.

    happy almost birthday!

  • Reply knack June 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    they are so beautiful aren't they!

    Happy birthday……a day early 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply adrienne June 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    they lined my front yard as i kid. i love their color & name as well. happy almost 25 Erin!

  • Reply K @ Blog Goggles June 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Yay! Happy birthday!! And I agree – crepe myrtles are gorgeous.

    P.S. I'm having my first giveaway! Check it out if you get a chance 🙂

  • Reply maria June 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    it kind of makes up for the unbearably hot summer days in the south…doesn't it? "look here," it seems to say, "i need this heat to be, you see?"

    happy early birthday… xo

  • Reply Jenn June 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Happy birthday, beautiful!

  • Reply Bonbon Oiseau June 30, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    well happy almost birthday erin!!!

  • Reply Julia June 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Oooh, how beautiful! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, a little early 🙂

  • Reply paula June 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    so beautiful!

  • Reply our little love nest June 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Happy Birthday! I am still so impressed with the fact that your b-day falls on 'Canada Day'. No wonder you are so wonderful! 😉
    p.s. I had never even heard of Crepe Myrtles until I moved here 3 years ago. They are just lovely in those gorgeous photos. xo

  • Reply cindy : quaint June 30, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    i don't think i've ever seen that plant. it's wonderful and hope you have a wonderful birthday, too!

  • Reply Stacey June 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Almost your birthday?
    Sending happiness and good wishes your way!!

  • Reply Amanda Nicole June 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Happy (pre)birthday! I love that name, Crepe Myrtle. I think it would make a good cat name 🙂

  • Reply Ali June 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, so pretty!

    And Happy (early) Birthday!

  • Reply courtney June 30, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    what a great description! i don't think i've ever had the pleasure of meeting a crepe myrtle – but would certainly love to sometime!

  • Reply Carissa June 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I love the name too! and so pretty. I know we have some crepe myrtle blooming here where I live, I'm sure of it… I just have to pay attention a bit more! I really need to stop and smell the roses so to speak…

    happy birthday tomorrow!! 🙂

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