Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Crape myrtle

Here's a closer look at our neighbors' crape myrtle and its fall colors. The shrub was part of the panorama in Sunday's "Over the road" post. I see on Wikipedia that an alternate spelling for the plant's name is crêpe myrtle. That sounds tasty!

It looks like it's on fire.

I had good intentions yesterday morning. I got all ready to saw some birch branches and I couldn't get the chainsaw to work. It started, but sputtered out before I could cut anything. After about ten minutes of trying I gave up. So frustrating! I was complaining to Ken about it and he said why don't you just get a new one. We looked on line and found one. It's scheduled to arrive today (Amazon Prime!).

The "old" one is only eight years old. I've had trouble starting it from the beginning. I even took it back to the store (40 kilometers away) a week or so after I bought it because it wouldn't start. The guy in the store started it up on the first try, of course. I felt like an idiot. I guess I don't have the magic touch.

At any rate, I'm hopeful that the new saw will work better. By the way, these are not full-size chainsaws, but are something called élagueuses, pruning saws for smaller jobs.


  1. We spell the tree name crepe myrtle but without the accent, as we spell crepe paper. Crepe myrtles are a great and giving tree.

  2. Glad you ordered a new chainsaw. Hope you have more success with the next one. My first exposure to crepe myrtle was in Washington DC. Glorious when blooming.

  3. Ditto what Mitchell said (except replace DC with St. Louis).

  4. Le buisson ardent! Crêpes aux myrtilles?

  5. Crepe myrtle is ubiquitous in the American South. It's pretty when blooming, but it grows very fast and then it sheds sticky blossoms that make a horrid mess, especially on your car. IMO, you're better off with them staying at a distance.


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