Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Crepe Myrtle Summer


 The Tennessee summer has been damp and hot, but the 'burger's crepe myrtles have never been prettier. This part of the yard hasn't been landscaped. It's wonderfully old fashioned, and I can almost imagine a childhood summer in Louisiana. 
But just when I think this house has shown me everything, she pulls out a secret.
She has left something intriguing. You can see it beneath the far right crepe myrtle. 

I'm fascinated by the wooden box and stand. It's not a bee box. But what?

No one can figure out what it is. If you know, please tell us.
Enjoy your evening!

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16 comments:

  1. I've lived in Loosiana my whole life and spent many a summer day lying beneath crepe myrtles just like those. And magnolia trees!
    Could it be a feeder of some sort for cows??

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  2. I think your mystery item might really be a bee box. Check out this link: http://makingoursustainablelife.com/installing-bees-in-a-top-bar-hive

    Bee Keeping might be in your future!

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    1. Hallie, thank you so much! Decades ago, we had two white "box" type hives and extracted the honey--until my husband got stung (he wore black socks, and they went straight for his feet).

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  3. Beautiful crepe myrtles, and no clue about that box.

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  4. Love crepe myrtles. They always have perfect timing and bloom when the Spring annuals start to fade and stop blooming for the the year.
    Sorry - don't know what the box would be.

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  5. I don't know either. Maybe something for birds or pigeons? That was just a shot in the dark. In TX, I had really tall and beautiful crepe myrtles.
    Brenda

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  6. It looks like some kind of feeder but I really don't know. LOVE crepe myrtles!

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  7. We have a Crepe Myrtle in our front yard and I understand it used to be just beautiful. One day my husband cut it all back..right down to nothing. HIs wife had decided she wanted it to be more of a hedge. After she passed away..the tree just sat, hardly growing..looking terrible. Apparently my husband kept cutting on it keepingit short. When we married and I came here to live..I put a stop to his cutting on the tree and for the past seven years it has been allowed to grow. It has seemed to struggle and never blooms like other tree's I have seen. A few flowers but very few. How I wish it looked like those you have shown today in your post. I keep hoping. I recently decided to give it more water. It seems to have helped..but California is in a drought..so I am very careful and sort of "sneak" water to it by laying the hose on the ground near the trunk and letting it drip all night. I am hoping that one day it will look as pretty as yours.

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    1. What a lovely comment. I enjoyed reading it--thank you for writing it. I hope your crepe myrtles flourish!

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  8. I love crepe myrtles! We have a few on our property here but two of them were planted a bit too close to our patio and now they leave a big mess all over the patio, and also require constant pruning as they just won't stop growing! But we can forgive them because they are so pretty!

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  9. The trees are really beautiful! As for the wooden box; I am wondering could it be a feeder for deer? (Cannot see it too clearly, but the top portion could serve to store protein feed whereas the lower portion serves as a trough?) -Brenda-

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  10. Looks like a top bar bee hive...I have one and love it!

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  11. Beautiful yard and trees.
    I first wondered if the wooden box was a bunny hut. That's as far as my experience goes with boxes. I was a town girl...until hubby built me a house in the country. I learned to deal with snakes, coyotes, and neighbors livestock escaping and invading my yard. But then the bears came...truly. I am no longer there...but still live in the country in a small enclave. No clue what your wooden box is. Ha!
    Take care...Sheila

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  12. The row of crepe myrtles looks so tranquil! One might have guessed it (the wooden structure) had something to do with feeding or sheltering, but I'm not sure I would guessed bees!

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  13. The mystery has been solved, but I would have said it was a bird feeder of some sort. I love finding surprises like that.

    The crepe myrtles are gorgeous!

    xo,
    rue

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