Crepe Myrtle 2013 — Gone Postal

March 14, 2013 | By | Comments (1)
Crepe murder

Post-traumatic mail disorder (PTMD). Photo by Carrie Trebill.

Postal workers are under a lot of stress these days. People pay their bills online, no one leaves letter carriers tips in the mailbox at Christmas anymore, and Saturday delivery is about to end. So it’s not surprising that someone at a rural South Carolina post office snapped this winter — and took it out on a defenseless crepe myrtle.

At least, that’s what loyal reader Carrie Trebill thinks. In a vengeful gesture, she sent Grumpy this totally revolting photo by email (mean, spiteful Carrie!). She now becomes winner #5 in Crepe Murder 2013 and earns Grumpy’s Forever Stamp of Approval!

Actually, when we examine this crepe myrtle, we see evidence of long-term Post Traumatic Mail Disorder (PTMD). See how the trunks have been chopped back to the same points year after year? Soon this stump will have more branches than the Postal Service! And its blooms will no doubt be late.

As a reward for bring to our attention this shining example of poor postal pruning, Carrie will receive a dwarf ‘Early Bird’ crepe myrtle that never needs pruning from our Southern Living Plant Collection. Sure will be fun to watch the Postal Service cram it into her mailbox!

Next Winner on Sunday
Be sure to check the Grumpy Gardener this Sunday for winner #6! Once you grimace at the photo, you’ll see why universal health insurance for crepe myrtles is a must.


  1. Mary Faircloth

    I live in Quincy, Florida and the post office here can beat that. The maintenance man keeps the grounds. I am sorry I don’t have a picture. Imagine only one trunk left per plant and each once going in a different direction.

    March 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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