We needed a shade tree for our garden…

“Crape” or “crepe” myrtle?

Crape, it seems, according to the American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia. It is evidently one of the most commonly misspelled words in gardening. Still, who gives a crape? We found our crape myrtle at a garden store in Chestnut Hill and they somehow managed to get all seven feet of it into our car. And, in doing so, the staff left a piece of our car interior on the ground nearby… thus necessitating another trip back to Chestnut Hill at ten o’clock at night. Beauty has its costs.

At a growth rate of five feet per year, it will take a while before we get much shade. Still, I can’t wait to see our new crape myrtle in full bloom…


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