Views of the Neighborhood – Search for Color

Today we are going to go out and search for color. Because of the deer population here in Lakeway, blooms are very near and dear to our hearts. Most do not survive the deer munchies. Finding color then is serious business. Lucky for us, we do have Crape Myrtles, which add substantially to the visual scene.

Today we are being catered by Provision in Austin. Our entertainment has had some trouble getting here so let’s hope for next week.

Brunch menu

The first stop is a profusion of purple crepe myrtles. These are just getting started.
Red crepe myrtles.
More purple crepe myrtles.
Another red crepe myrtle.
A beautiful display of vincas. The owner told me these were grown from seed. The deer don’t like vincas.
A shot of red and pink crepe myrtles
Now for the quiz. (The answer will be given next week)
The most prolific flowering tree in Lakeway is:
A. The plum
B. The oak
C. The crepe myrtle
D. None of the above
I hope you all have a super week.

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  1. The answer is C and I’m glad the bus took me out so early! I’m still trying to decide which Benedict to have though, so I’ll have another tour. The myrtles look so bright and cheery, I’m surprised more communities don’t plant them.

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    1. I’m not sure what is required for the myrtles to do well. I think they are a Southern tree. Thanks, GP. Hey a rhyme there. (I’m an idiot)

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  2. I think this is a trick question. I believe there’s another species that you didn’t include in this piece. ;D

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    1. Hahaha. This was a broad slapstick way of kicking myself for so many crape myrtles.

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    2. crepe. scheese.

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  3. Lucky for those beautiful crepe myrtle that are often too high for the deer to reach:)

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    1. They love the spent blossoms though. You can see them around the trees eating them all.

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  4. The answer to the quiz – C – is easy. Choosing what to have to eat, well, what to have after the deviled eggs and chicken fried sliders, is much harder. No need to be piggy, Iโ€™ll have the 12 Oz strip, and throw in some greens so I can tell my wife I ate healthy.

    Lovely tour, John. I hope youโ€™re staying cool on that bus.

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    1. Thank you, Dan The bus is loaded with a cooling system. Since it runs on propane the cooling system is powered by auxiliary batteries which I bought from Tesla. They give 300 hours of cooling should bus not run for a while. Same goes for heat.Glad you found something health to eat. The producer told me to cut down on the menu next time.

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      1. I agree with The Producer, tell her I suggest scratching the shaved kale.

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      2. Hahahaha. I agree.

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  5. Gorgeous photos, John! My guess is C. We have a lot of vincas that have grown from seeds that dropped from hanging, potted vincas. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday!

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    1. thak you , Jill. Wishing you the same.

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  6. Love the colorful tour.

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    1. Thanks, Charles.

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  7. I really like the colours you found.

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    1. Thankyou, Rabirius.

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  8. Our crepe myrtles have just exploded with blooms in the past week or so, and I can’t remember ever seeing them so full of color. Whatever harm the freeze did, it certainly didn’t affect those trees!

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    1. I think they were super early too. I’m so glad they survived the freeze. Thanks, Linda.

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  9. I love the crape myrtles! I had them when I lived in Virginia, andI do miss them.

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    1. I can imagine missing them too.

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  10. The crape myrtles are so lovely. I guess the trick is to plants things the deer don’t like or something that is too high for them to reach. My daughter has a deer problem on her island and has trouble growing a garden. They love her vege plants.

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    1. I can relate to your daughter’s deer problem. We can’t have veggies where they can get to them. Also certain plants are verboten. They do not like vincas though. Thanks, Darlene.

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  11. Wow that list of food made me feel hungry. I will just have to settle for my green smoothie that I made with salad ingredients that needed to be used before they got past the use by date.
    Its got to be ‘C’

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    1. Excellent Ally. We do smoothies and throw in things that are getting close to expiration. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      1. You’re very welcome John.

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  12. I love crape myrtles. Don’t understand why some people butcher them. I’m guessing the answer is C. Always love to see wildflowers in bloom.

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    1. There is a big debate about butchering. The big ones looks great so I’m with you on the point of doing it. Thanks, Joan. Have a super Sunday.

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  13. C, C senor!

    And as for these wonderful colors you offer up . . . one question. How in the blessed frijole are we supposed to get past that amazing menu? Have you ever been involved in the restaurant business? Because WOW! And nope, no room for desert for me, thanks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    PS- I love the purple crepe myrtles best if asked to choose . . .

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    1. Yes I love the purple ones as well. I worked in restaurnents all through college. Love to cook too.

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      1. It shows. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      2. Tough work but got me through. Thanks, Marc.

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  14. Iโ€™ll have and order of lollipop wings, or whatever. Deer went thru our front and nipped off as many hydrangea buds as they could. Irish Spring soap on a stove helps to discourage them but then it looks like a soap garden.

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    1. Irish Spring on a stove? Would love to see that. Thanks, Steve.

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

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      1. Always with a great pleasure John. Its also on : https://books.eslarn-net.de, but i am just trying to get out how all postings all over a day could be seen at once. Have a beautiful week! xx Michael

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      2. You as well, Michael. Thanks for that too.

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      3. Thank you very much, John! xx

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  15. I pick C – and we have a ton of them here, also. As for the menu – how can I pick. There are just too many great things there to choose from! YUM.

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    1. Yes you can’t pick. Thanks, Noelle.

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  16. Happy Sunday, John! What a menu. Thats a summary, of what i am eating all over half of the year. Lol Good to hear, the deers let the myrthles blooming. xx Michael

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    1. Yes, but you are supposed to choose one. Thanks, Michael.

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      1. OK. Sorry, was a little misunderstanding. But at least a great offer. Here in the village – Should we really furthermore call it this way? ๐Ÿ˜‰ – only one inn has opened, and only with traditional meals like Slaughter bowl and, sausages. Note: All over the year the same. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The village has 2700 citizens. xx Michael

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  17. I’m going with C for the answer. And I love crepe myrtle. We can’t get them to bloom this far north, but I have relatives in the southern states and always love seeing all those different color trees in bloom.
    And my deer have been munching my potted flowers this year. We have two that come around like clockwork, late afternoon and early morning.

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    1. I’m sure they are grateful that you place potted flower food out for them. Thanks, Mae. Have a great week.

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  18. Great color in the neighborhood! All of the crepe myrtles around here are blooming better than ever. The freeze did not seem to bother them or roses. Orange and grapefruit trees did not survive. I would have thought deer would love vincas – impressive display in that yard.

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    1. I can’t imagine deer not liking vincas. They are so beautiful.

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  19. I love these virtual getaways, thanks, John.

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    1. My pleasure , Hook.

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  20. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    So many beautiful flowering myrtles, thank you for capturing them. It must be lovely to wander through the neighborhood. Hope your day is perfect, John. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. I t is wonerful seeing all these beautiful trees. Hope you have a super day too.

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  21. Love all those mrytles. And that Sangiovese at brunch sounds fabulous.

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    1. It is fabulous, Shelley. Too bad it is a virtual bottle. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. Haha yes, too bad John. ๐Ÿ˜

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  22. After yesterday’s supper (post was going to be written about it but Mom has called me to pick her up halfway – hour plus drive there and back and then some. Sigh.)

    Love the purple myrtle! And the pink and the white. And thank goodness for myrtles out of the deers’ reach! I guess when you live in an area that is ruled by bambi’s families, you have to learn to plant what they don’t like.

    Oh, and, of course, the crepe myrtle is the correct answer ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. D’oh… I forgot to finish my sentence… after yesterday’s supper, that menu you provide has me feeling like a sausage bursting out of its casing!

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      1. A nice sausage all the same.

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    2. Thank you, Dale. I’m glad you liked the post. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. I most certainly did. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Another great tour ๐Ÿ™‚ great menu, those cinnamon rolls were amazing! Love all the color the C myrtles provided. We have to keep deer fencing. around my roses.

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    1. Yes . Deer love roses for sure.

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  24. Everything on the menu looks so yummy!!! I think, though, I will settle for just some biscuits and gravy … one of my most favourite foods in the world! Loved all the flora, and unless I miss my guess, the answer to the quiz is ‘C’, the Crepe Myrtle. Thanks for the {burp} yummy and beautiful tour to start this Sunday out right!

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    1. Yes it is a good way to start. Thank you, Jill

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  25. The crepe myrtles are so pretty! Do they stay in flower for long? Is that a real flamingo? So cool!

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    1. Crepe myrtles flower all summer. That is a plastic flamingo, Jacquie. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. Oh, lol- still cool ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. I think it all depends upon what you mean by flowering and what you mean by tree. (Sorry, there were some Bill Clinton comments the other day)

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    1. I know. He and Patterson are a pair. I could see them on an island with Jeffrey Epstein.

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  27. When I lived in Texas, we had the watermelon red crepe myrtles, and they’re probably still my favorite color (though the purple ones come pretty close!). I didn’t realize deer don’t like Vinca, but I can see where your neighbor would fill the yard with them to keep the herd away. Beautiful shots of color, John.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  28. John, the answer is C, the myrtles in a variety of beautiful colors. Thanks for the colorful bus ride. Much needed. Iโ€™ll pass on the menus. Gluten free choices are hard to pick out. What an awesome list of food. ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽถ Christine

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    1. The nice part about this menu is it is 100% gluten, calorie, fat, and GMO free.

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      1. Wow! Along with GF, calorie & fat free! Wouldnโ€™t that be nice. ๐Ÿคฃ

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  29. And you are sweet. ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  30. Ooooh, glad I stopped by, even late! Crepe myrtles are one of my favorite trees. And happily, in Texas you apparently don’t commit Crepe murder, which is a crime that began in Florida some decades ago, causing people to think if you cut the top of the tree back to NUBS every year, you’ll get more flowers. (I hope the originator of this theory is languishing in gardener prison somewhere, as now all you see in most yards and medians is something that looks rather like giant technicolored broccoli–all heavy stem with tiny little top of pink or lavender flowers!) ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜–

    Now YOUR trees are what crepes really should be! Small to medium shade trees with a stunning display of flowers each year!

    Thank you so much for sharing, John. Made my morning! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. We share the love for these beautiful trees. I wanted to show the unmurdered ones. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  31. C is also my guess. Our crepe myrtles are just starting to get some blooms on them. These are gorgeous. Have a great week, John!

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    1. You as well Teri. Thanks for the comment. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  32. Oh, the food!! Beautiful views today, and C looks to be the clear winner.

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    1. You are right on all three, Jennie. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  33. I love the beautiful colorful flowers, but I also love to see the beautiful deer cavorting on the grass!

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    1. Yes we have both. Thanks for the lovely comment.

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  34. Hi John, the crepe myrtles are very pretty and certainly do seem to be very prolific. Thanks for the lovely flowers pictures.

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    1. Thank you for coming along Robbie. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  35. I’m sure we must have myrtles around here but who knows where – these pictures are so pretty! That’s impressive that your neighbor grew those vincas from seed – I remember deer don’t like them – a good option in your area!

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    1. Yes it is, Barbara. Thank you.

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  36. What a wonderful stroll, dear John! All the plants are magnificent. Regarding the quiz: I suppose C. In fact, the myrtle seems to be a rather popular plant for your area. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฐ

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    1. It is popular for sure. I’m glad you could come along. ๐ŸŒน

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  37. The answer is C the Crepe Mrytle. They’re so pretty and come in more colors than I thought they did. I love Vincas. This was a lovely trip around the neighborhood, John!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. I’m glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ˜

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  38. The crepe myrtle…

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