Crape Myrtle Glaze

Ice on Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle)

Ice on Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle). Photo:dvm

My husband captured the current state of a Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle) this morning with this photo taken en route to retrieve the newspaper from the drive.

We had a light snow yesterday, tons of rain and awoke to everything bent towards the ground. This crape myrtle was blown over about 3 years ago during a summer thunderstorm, possibly a microburst. Despite being broken off at the base it is recovering pretty well, but has a long way to grow to match the stature of its mate just the other side of the walkway.

In the distance the bright yellow daffodils rest their heads against the earth.

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20 thoughts on “Crape Myrtle Glaze

  1. Chloris

    Oh dear your poor frozen plants. Even the daffodils look thoroughly depressed. I hope you will get some sunshine soon; it will do you and your daffodils good to get a bit of warmth.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Chloris. We had some nice warm sunny days last week. People around here like to say, “If you don’t like the weather today, just wait until tomorrow. It may be totally different.” Plants are amazing to be able to put up with the changes.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Pauline. I believe the tree will be ok. It’s actually fairly upright. A pair of junipers in the back garden though look past repair. Oh well–an opportunity for something new, right?

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  2. Cathy

    Oh dear, I do hope it recovers! (And the daffodils too!) Your winter has indeed been harder than ours this year – how odd. We haven’t had a frost for 2 or 3 nights now, and the forecast for the first day of spring is warm sunshine!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Seems only fair you should have a nice mild winter and early spring. I had gotten used to not having a very bad winter for the last few years, but this certainly is more normal. Poor little daffodils!

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  3. Julie

    What a great photo Susie – well done to your husband for capturing that moment. We have not seen anything like that this winter & are keeping everything crossed that we remain snow & ice free. It sounds like your temperatures and weather are very variable in March.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie, I’ll pass along your nice comments to my husband. I too hope your spring continues forward without icy setbacks. It’s such a nice time to be able to get outside.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The snow and ice surprised us. Although it had been forecast earlier, the chances seemed very unlikely and then it materialized anyway. Now just cold and wet. The daffodils never knew what hit them and don’t seem eager to get up.

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  4. garden98110

    Easy to extend platitudes. Difficult to be close to the tempo of natural events. Because these events are so unplanned and natural at the same time. A gardener gets good practice at making each day a new day. Attitude is no platitude.

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  5. Christina

    That does look very damaging, I hope everything recovers; lucky you picked lots of daffodils for the vase on Monday. BTW Do you prune the side shoots of your crape myrtle? Mine doesn’t flower well and I’ve been told that it is a good idea to prune off the thin wispy side branches to encourage good flowers.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I am glad to have the daffodils indoors. They certainly have taken a hit this year from cold weather. I think the tree will be ok. After the tree broke I was giving it a year to see which branches seem strongest. This year I think I’ll try to cut it back to three main branches. It actually bloomed better last year than the larger mate.

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