All across the city streets, along with the other glorious colours of summer, are these showy lavender blooms of the Queen's Crape Myrtle. Native to South-east Asia its bota- nical name is Lagerstroemia speciosa. Belonging to the same family as Crape Myrtles/L. indica, the flowers are crinkled and showy.
Queen's Crape Myrtle is also known as Pride of India. Not knowing much about this tree I found out some facts online. It is a fast-growing tree and can reach a height 40-60ft and also spread to 30-40ft. The blooming period is from April to July.
In autumn the leaves turn to a coppery shade and then shed during winter. Its timber is valuable because of its durability. Since it can withstand the effects of sea-water and rough winds, it is made into wharf posts, boats, and casks. It is also used for making panels on walls as well as furniture.
Although I've seen pink blooms on the Internet, all the trees on our streets have lavender blooms. A beautiful sight to behold!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau