It’s that time of year again when the glorious Queen Crepe Myrtle (lagerstroemia speciosa) blooms across Hong Kong. Its really hard to miss those dazzling purple flowers with their flamboyant frilly petals, exploding forth in stark contrast to the lush green foliage.
They are quite common along Hong Kong streets, like this one in Happy Valley. They are well worth a second look even if you just happened to pass by one on the bus.
For the best results, get up close and personal and you might find perfectly formed flowers at the base of the tree, as they don’t last very long and tend to blanket the floor.