Saturday, we decided to stop at Home Depot to get some cleaning products for the farm. The garden section is pretty much desolate this time of year but I wandered to the back of the section anyway to look at concrete pavers.
That's when I saw these two trees.
|Crape Myrtle trees|
I was standing there for a second and about to walk away and the guy that worked there said "you want those trees?" I smiled and said "no thanks, I wasn't here to buy trees today". He said "no, not to buy, I was about to throw these out, but you can have them if you want".
|Natchez Crape Myrtle|
This one is Crape Myrtle "Natchez", a white flower...
|Tuscarora Crape Myrtle|
This one is Crape Myrtle "Tuscarora", a hot pink flower...
Apparently they throw them out if they look scraggly and it's the end of the season. Sad note, he said he threw out "about a dozen" a few days before! I asked if they were still in the trash but he said no it had already been picked up. Oh well, we'll take two free trees, especially flowering trees.
Instant color for the farm!
Crapes do extremely well in our climate, one of the few flowering trees we can grow. In fact, they are THE most popular tree in Houston landscaping. I believe they do well in clay soils too but I'll amend when I can. Not sure where we will plant them, maybe near the bee yard, or maybe near the house for quick color.
Anyone grow crape myrtles?