Views of the Neighborhood – Crape Myrtles in Bloom

Happy Father’s Day and Happy Juneteenth.

The crape myrtles have been late blooming this year. They have finally made an appearance, and we need to go and check them out. I have to say, some of the shots are a little subdued due to the hazy conditions this week. So that we don’t go hungry on our tour, we are catered by Grizzeldas of Austin. Our entertainment is Neil Diamond.

Menu
migas – scrambled eggs, crispy tortilla chips, queso fresco, crema, ranchero sauce
Appetizers – house chips & salsa tomato, Quemado & Verde
barbacoa taco – dry-aged Jacoby beet, serrano, radish pickled red onion, House crema.
House hot sauce, rice. retried beans choice of tortillas
chilaquiles – crispy tortilla chips, salsa Roja, frita, sunny side egg, queso fresco, crema,
cilantro, pico de gallo
picadillo taco – dry-aged Jacoby ground beef, potatoes, charred raias, rice, refried beans, choice of tortillas +bacon+egg, queso, or avocado
guacamole – cilantro, lime, pico, jalapeรฑos, chips queso Blanco
Monterrey jack cheese, Grizz spice rub, pico de gallo, cilantro, house chips
avocado tostada – black beans, scrambled egg, pico de gallo, serrano crema, cilantro
horchata french toast – horchata batter, sourdough, strawberry puree. mixed berries. whidded cream
vegetarian omelet – spinach, bell pepper, pico de Gallo, fundido cheese, American cheddar
steak fajita scramble – Jacoby brand skirt steak, scrambled egg, pickled jalapenos, tomato. white onion American cheddar
churro chicken & waffles – house churro waffles dusted in cinnamon and sugar, beer-battered chicken strips, candied pecans, spicy syrup, powdered sugar
chorizo brunch burger –6oz dry-aged Jacoby beet and chorizo patty, rajas
fundido cheese, guacamole, spicy mayo served with crispy Kennebec potatoes
churros – dulce de leche & cinnamon sugar
enchiladas verde –roasted chicken, rajas, queso fundido, house crema,
cilantro, sunny side egg

Picture of an old time school bus

Jump on, and let’s go.

An example of a large red.

These are Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) I threw these in cause I like them

A lovely pink

One of the lavender shades.

Another pink.

Large soft pink.

White.

Light red.

Deep red.

Another white.

The final is light red with a moon background.

I hope you enjoyed the blooms. Now relax and have some authentic Mexican food and listen to Neil Diamond in one of his later concerts.

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  1. I love crape myrtles, especially the deep red. That Mexican bird of paradise is striking. Thanks for the entertainment, and Happy Father’s Day, John!

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    1. Thank you, Joan. Glad you enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. The deep red crapes have always been my favorite. Happy Father’s Day, John! I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. It looks pretty relaxing from here. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. A gorgeous array! Happy Fatherโ€™s Day, Johnโ€ฆ

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. They are certainly avid bloomers!

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    1. Happy Father’s Day, GP.

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      1. Thank you.

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  5. Do you know that the Crepe Myrtle is the official Texas state shrub? Unfortunately, the politicians who chose it didn’t notice that it isn’t native, so a compromise was struck, and Cenizo, or Texas Purple Sage, was named the state native shrub.

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    1. I love the purple sage too.

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  6. Nice pictures. Totally read the title wrong though. Missed the โ€˜eโ€™ in Crape.

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    1. The crepe with an ‘e’ is to eat. Crape (not to be confused with useless junk) is with an ‘a’ ๐Ÿคฃ

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  7. I loved the crepe myrtles when I lived in Virgina. Sigh . . .

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    1. Yes. They are missed when they aren’t blooming. I have to blame the dry weather.

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  8. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Beautiful crepe myrtles, wonderful music, and amazing choices for breakfast — a perfect Father’s Day! I hope yours is especially heartwarming.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. It is a super day for sure.

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  9. I love the Crepe Myrtles and they grow so well in Texas.

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    1. Yes they do. Thanks, Jan

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  10. Happy Fatherโ€™s Day, John.

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    1. Happy Father’s Day, Craig. Thanks.

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  11. Oh I miss seeing crepe myrtle, John. They were everywhere in Sacramento. I dubbed them “fireworks trees.” Happy Father’s day and enjoy!

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    1. Thank you so much, Terri. ๐Ÿ˜

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  12. The crape myrtles are so gorgeous. We have some fabulous mimosa trees in bloom here. Such a colourful time of the year. So great to see Neil Diamond perform. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him perform live a few years back. Amazing. Sad to hear his health is not so good. I’ll place an order for migas, please. Have a fabulous Sunday, John.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. Your order is on its way. Thanks for coming along.

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  13. Happy Father’s Day, John. Just reading the menu made me hungry. Beautiful crape myrtles. We don’t have those around here, so I appreciate the tour. The variety of shades is a delight. Have a wonderful Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Diana. We do love our myrtles here.

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  14. My crepe myrtle is a miniature…actually more like an underfed dwarf. My husband keeps trimming it back until there is not much left to trim.
    Love your photos. Thanks for sharing and Happy Father’s Day.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Some myrtles are severely trimmed and others, not. Hard to say what is best.

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  15. What beautiful shots, John. Surely you noticed you also captured the day moon in the last shot! Wonderful!
    Happy Father’s Day to you!

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    1. Yes I did hence the caption “moon backdrop”

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      1. How the hell did I miss that? ๐Ÿ™„

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      2. I don’t know. ๐Ÿคฃ I just had to “Dale” you though.

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      3. Buahahaha! Good on you! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      4. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  16. What gorgeous crape myrtles and I loved the Mexican Bird of paradise! A beautiful tour today, John, and you can go wrong with Neil Diamond. Happy Father’s Day!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. I’m so glad you liked the post.

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  17. Happy Father’s Day, John! Thanks for good food, crape myrtles, and my favorite singer, Neil Diamond.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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  18. Wonderful flowers, John.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie.

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  19. How I love these, John! When I lived in Texas, we had some of what they called Watermelon Red Crepe Myrtles, and they were just stunning. Your photos bring back some wonderful memories. And our Band just finished playing “Sweet Caroline.” Happy Father’s Day!

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    1. What a coincidence on the song, Debbie. Thanks for letting me know. I just loved these trees as well.

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      1. By the way, the audience LOVED that song and I suspect more than a few were singing and tapping their toes!

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      2. It is one of those sing along type songs.

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    1. Thank you for sharing. Michael.

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  20. Happy Father’s Day to all! I think it is the first time i have seen these crape myrtles. They are looking nice.Thanks for sharing, John! xx Michael

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    1. I’m glad you liked them Michael. Thanks for the Father’s Day wish.

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  21. I’ll just have some house chips & salsa tomato. I was sleep walk eating last night, and my appetite is in the jar of peanut butter I scraped clean.
    Those tress and flowers are beautiful. I’d never heard of Crape Myrtles until now.
    Of course, when I read the title,I thought crapes/crepes would be on the menu.
    Love the song!!!

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    1. Thank you, Resa. The two words are pronounced the same. One is for eating and one to look at. Glad you came along. Sorry about your overnight fling with peanut butter cause I had a vegan dish just for you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. I’m hungry now! Time has passed, and I’m hungry. I’ll have the vegan dish, in a peanut butter jar. Thank you!!!!

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      2. Here you are and a spoon to get it out.

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      3. Thank you!!!! ๐Ÿฅ„๐Ÿ’ž

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  22. Ours are not (yet) showing any blossoms. I think they were affected by the frost earlier this year and now by the draught.

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    1. I think you are right. I think the lack of water forces the tree to forego blooms. Surviving becomes more important than reproduction.

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      1. ๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Thank you, Audrey ๐Ÿ˜

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  23. Hurrah! Myrtles are blooming again! It seems to me that it is a sort of an international blogging feast, dear John. ๐Ÿ™‚ The last photo is incredible! Bravo! ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐ŸŸ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿป

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    1. Thank you, Maria. It is good to see the blooms for sure.

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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  24. Beautiful examples, John. Happy Father’s Day.

    I’ll have the churro chicken & waffles

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    1. I hope your father’s day was terrific.

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      1. It was a good day, John.

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  25. Always enjoy this blooming time! And Neil Diamond is certainly an added benefit:)

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    1. I always liked Neil Diamond.

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      1. He was my very first concert, ever, in the fall of 1970:)

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      2. Sounds wonderful

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  26. They are magnificent trees, and certainly in bloom. The Mexican Bird of Paradise is impressive too. I can see why you included it. Good one, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. The Mexican bird of paradise is a favorite. Thanks, Tim.

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  27. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I enjoy all of the shades of crape myrtles. Something for everyone.

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    1. There is one that is deep purple but was not blooming. Maybe later. Thanks, Pete.

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  28. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Beautiful tour today ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Father’s Day and Juneteenth.

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  29. I’ve always loved these trees. We recently drove by our old house in SC where I planted one about thirty years ago and it’s still there. Ours here in KY haven’t bloomed yet, but it shouldn’t be long.

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    1. It is amazing to see trees that we have planted grow and thrive.

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  30. That was a beautiful tour of the Crepe Myrtles. I liked the Mexican Bird of Paradise as well. The colors are wonderful. I hope you had a lovely week-end!

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    1. I did. Thank you, Deborah.

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  31. Happy belated Father’s Day, John, and I hope you had a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous blooms and one of the classic Neil songs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It was a wonderful day. Thanks, Lauren.

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  32. Live the flowers, they make me miss Texas, love the food, dig the ride but the music…. I’m glad there’s a chatty person sitting next to me. Ha ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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      1. Yeah, got that.

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    1. Oh well. There is always next time on the music.

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  33. So pretty! Neil Diamond is a classic at Fenway Park. He appeared this week to sing Sweet Caroline.

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    1. Wow. I thought he retired. He looked long in the tooth in this video.

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      1. Well…he’s in his 80’s and his voice was not great, but the Fenway fans love him and Sweet Caroline at the 7th inning stretch.

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      2. I’ll bet he loved it too.

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      3. Oh, yes!

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  34. The crape myrtles really know how to make an entrance. They look like fireworks breaking free of the earth in these captures. Beautiful snapshots, Boss.

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    1. Thanks, Marc.

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