Twenty-some years go I began creating a Japanese garden adjacent to the house, including planting a small crepe myrtle tree at the corner of the deck.  These photos from November 2000 are charming to me, capturing a long past moment.

Over the years the crepe myrtle has grown from a bundle of striplings into the largest crepe myrtle I’ve seen in a home garden, now taller than a two-story house.  For whatever reason I never really noticed its almost-neon fall foliage until this year.  The gold of the crepe myrtle leaves create a stunning composition with the scarlet of the Japanese maple.