A crimson of happiness

I just made Crimson a noun but Shakespeare messed with words all the time – ‘brevity is the soul of wit‘.  For the first time in 15 years our dwarf crimson crape has fully matured and she is beautiful.

Doesn’t she just make you happy?  Our neighbors love her.

Meet Shrimpy Shrimp, as I call our shrimp plant.  Shouldn’t all our plants be named?  The early botanists made a marvelous job with the Latin monikers.  This is her much more gracious formal name – Justicia Brandegeeana.  She seems to dance with hot pink petticoats.  Justicia is a native of Mexico and seems to love our garden as you can see from the shot below in front of our other pink crape.

I deliberately clothed the garden in pink at the front – it just looks so pretty together including the Ti plant which is to the right of the tree.  He is a Hawaiian native – aloha!

Even our dragons live in luxury on the porch with velveteen pink cushions.  This is a spotted Gecko, unnamed, as there are literally hundreds all over the garden.  You can name him if you like?


49 thoughts on “A crimson of happiness

  1. Hello again. Sorry for my radio silence. I have not been blogging a lot lately. Life got in the way. Lol. But I am back. And now I have lots of catching up. Oooh, I love the idea of naming your plants and how cute that lizard is! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Gorgeous flowers Kerry. I like shrimp plants, and especially love the crimson flowers. I always call my bush ( pink variety) of this bush/tree by its second name Myrtle, after my Great-Aunt who was named the same. Our tree is also pruned to show off the amazing bark. I would love to have one in the crimson shade. It’s really rich and royal in appearance.

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    • Thank you so much. Myrtle is a much nicer name than just Crape. The crimson one was planted by the Home Builders when we moved in. It took years to flower and I have never seen one like it until our neighbor got one to match. We have 5 crape myrtles on our property – all shades of pink/mauve/red.

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  3. I’ve just started gardening in the new place (been here a year), you’ve inspired me to plant more and to take more pictures of it all!

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