A couple of weeks ago or so, their foliage took on a dark, blackish colour - not attractive, let alone exciting, except in the negative sense that I kept telling myself: no, the plants are fine, don't water them, don't do anything, they're just deciduous shrubs going dormant for the season... That should be sufficient indication of the effect! At any rate, I was quite disappointed in the showing. I solaced myself with remembering how spectacular (and long-lasting) their summer bloom season had been. Reason enough to grow these plants!
But now, after a fairly unsightly spell, they are suddenly sporting much brighter hues.
Most of these pictures show Lagerstroemia indica "Dynamite". It's the larger plant and still has a fair number of leaves. But even tiny L. i. "Rhapsody in Pink" is turning. Most leaves have fallen, but there is a glint of red. This picture shows a few of its leaves against a backdrop of Muhlenbergia blooms. Someday the Crape Myrtle will be bigger than the grass, but that day has not yet arrived!
And again, this one taken late in the day...
So, with these two Lagerstroemias and the Hamelia patens, I do have a touch of autumn foliage in the garden after all. And they coloured up just in time for Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day, hosted by Christina at My Hesperides Garden, where I'm sure there will be quite an assortment of foliage views as it's November!
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 82 F (28 C)/Low: 51 F (11 C)