In July at the roost our crape myrtle is blooming lovely pinky purple blooms. It has grown from a tiny sapling (a cutting from a church friend) when we planted it into quite a large bush/tree in less than 5 years!
Crape myrtles do wonderfully here in the Carolinas. So much of the time people think they are overused and call it a "developer tree" as it is often planted in housing developments, shopping centers, and along roadways for its quick growth. This is true to an extent, but an older variety during the summer when in full bloom is always quite striking I think.
I like the old crape myrtles you see beside old farm houses in the countryside that are huge and full of bright, hot pink and fuscia blooms. I've also seen some gorgeous deep purple blooms on crape myrtles in some downtown neighborhoods in Raleigh.
Here are some examples from my neck of the woods:
My little crape myrtle doesn't have many blooms but I harvested what I could for a pretty bouquet. I added a hosta leaf (our hostas are huge and doing great) to it and placed in it a small brown transferware tea/coffee pot in the living room.
I hope you are having a great summer!