Sunday, August 24, 2008

Crape Myrtle Watch 080824

What's wrong with this picture?

Nothing, at first glance. All four of my crape myrtle bushes are in bloom. The one on the left is a little slow, but that can't be helped: the weather's been very cool here this summer, and crapes like it hot.

But look closer. The two light purply "New Orleans" minis up the slope on the right, they're fine. And in front of them, next to the steps, is the "Pixie White," blooming its fool head off.

Wait a minute. "Pixie White." Those flowers aren't white, they're a lurid shade of pink!

And to the left above the Siberian irises is the picotee "Bayou Marie." Except whatever it is, it isn't picotee. It's kind of a solid fuchsia.

Whatever it is I have in this bed, only half is what I ordered.

This is not good. Not good at all. I already spoke with and emailed to the people at in mid-June, to let them know about "Velma's Royal Delight" being dead, and they said they'd take care of it within a fortnight. But here it is the end of August, and I've heard and received nothing.

Damn, and now I have to call up and gripe about this. And I suppose I must, because the colors I have here clash, and the bush at the left is way too small. has a wonderful selection and the cost per plant isn't high, but when the minimum order is six, maybe it's better to buy the individual plants you want from a nursery where you'd pay a little more but where they're more careful about what they send.

1 comment:

Sandy said...

Oh dear. They might clash, but they are really very pretty!