When we first moved to the Shire in the late 1970s, we lived in Norfolk.
I was amazed by two things:
the magnificence of the Chesapeake Bay across from our apartment
and the thousands of watermelon-colored crape myrtle trees
that grew along the city's streets and boulevards.
Whether viewed from a distance or up close,
the blossoms are beautiful;
And they come in lots more colors than pink.
A deep vermilion red really fires up the landscape:
The pale lilac color is especially pretty:
And of course, there are white ones:
Here are some planted in an arch at the Dallas Arboretum:
photo copied from www.maybellinesgarden.blogspot.com
July is when crape myrtles come into full bloom in Virginia and other parts of the South.
One of the nicer results of heat and humidity.