Dr. Dirt: Beautiful crape myrtles bloom

Dr. Dirt made a quick trip to Carlisle Barracks, Pa. to see son Nathan graduate from the U.S. Army War College.

The ceremony was held outdoors and the campus and sky were beautiful. Some 300 graduates from all branches of the service from the U.S. and a few foreign countries were present. 

The thing that caught Dr. Dirt's eye was the blooming Crape Myrtle trees and shrubs. They seemed to be everywhere.

The week before, Dr. Dirt visited Mitchell, Ind. and across the street from the Opera House was the most beautiful red Crape Myrtle in bloom.  Yes, they grow in Indiana, but our fickle climate does not treat them well. 

At last, some rain. Dr. Dirt's rain gauge had 1.5 inches. Perhaps we will get more rain this week.

August is a good time to dig and divide daylilies. The daylilies have done their thing for the most part. They were beautiful this year.

All eyes are on the State Fair, which gets underway Aug. 2 and runs through the Aug.18 where you will find something for everyone in the family. Check out the Agriculture/Horticulture Building where there is a Watermelon seed-spitting contest every day at 1 p.m. for kids and adults.

The Home & Garden Show will be in front of the Dairy Bar Saturday, August 10.

Happy Gardening,

Dr. Dirt

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