It’s that time of year.
Crapemyrtles are here.
Just when you think you can’t take another hot summer day…
The tops of the crapemyrtles explode.
Dazzling luscious flowers open.
Soothing our hot, sore eyes.
The tree-size bouquets seem to cool the air.
Or at least encourage us to hang in there.
Summer may be hot.
But it’s also colorful.
Take a tour of town.
You can’t miss ‘em.
Coming in from the east, there are a couple on the south side of Hwy. 29.
And then several surrounding St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Keep going and turn left on the west side of the square.
There’s crapemyrtles alongside First State Bank.
And bigger ones between them and Harvest Mill.
Keep going south on Moody to Bryan.
Look to your right.
Poof...a spectacular one.
Stay on Moody to College and turn right.
There’s a couple on that corner worth seeing.
Take College to Pecan and turn right.
And hang on to your hat.
Crapemyrtles abound on Pecan.
But the biggest, brightest, best one of all has got to be the one in the Brumleys’ backyard.
Stay on Pecan.
Cross El Paso like you’re going to the Short-Stop.
And there it is on your left.
They oughtta have a picture of that one in the dictionary under “crapemyrtle.”
You can’t miss it.
Several varieties of crapemyrtle thrive.
Some are the low, bushy kind.
Others are veritable trees.
Don’t lop off the top of ‘em.
That’s like cutting back the ears of a jackrabbit.
Check out www.clemson.edu/crepemyrtle
Dwarf, semi-dwarf, small tree, medium tree, large tree.
There’s no doubt our crapemyrtle cup overfloweth.
Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.