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July 15, 2016

Ninth Annual Citywide Bloomday

     As I do each year for July's Bloom Day, crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia species and hybrids) are celebrated. 2016 finds the trees flowering about two weeks later than normal. Typically they are at peak color in mid-July, but until just recently, we have not had an extended stretch of hot weather, which they need to begin blooming. So earlier this week I took to my bike to see what color I could find, and what follows are just a few very random shots from the west side of Norfolk. 
Hanover and Wythe



Bolling Ave.

Carroll Place

Out Buildings



     I had stopped at a 7/11 to take a photo of a particularly colorful crapemyrtle. While my eye was fixed to the camera, I was startled by a very bubbly voice asking if I was there for "the 7/11", to which I said no, I was here to take a photo of the tree. She asked if I would like her to be in the photo, and thought why the hell not. I asked her name, she said Ieasha, and as we parted she called me Love Bug. I didn't put two and two together about it being July 11th at a 7/11, so I rode off without my free Slurpee. In the photo Ieasha looks as if she is holding a crapemyrtle bouquet, but the tree is nearly 15' away.
Oh Thank Heaven

     Do you have random shots of something blooming? If so join in the monthly celebration of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.