All good things must come to an end. So must all awe-inspiring, game-changing, milestone-making, totally transcendent things. Behold the 12th and final winner of Crepe Murder 2013!
Have you ever wondered how mankind gained the knowledge to prune crepe myrtles in such a mysterious and bizarre way? Did we think of it ourselves? Or was there an outside force at work, an alien intelligence of malevolent intent seeking to spread crepe murder throughout our solar system and, indeed, throughout the galaxy?
Thanks to William Pfeiffer of Savannah, Georgia, we now know the answer. Yes.
As you can see in the photo above, William’s camera captured this remarkable and quite disturbing image of an alien spacecraft that has landed in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Before it stands a cowering group of mind-controlled crepe myrtles that feel no pain nor shame in their appearance. The aliens have recruited them to convince other crepe myrtles that ugly, knuckled stumps look beautiful and to offer no resistance when lamebrain landscapers — the aliens’ lackeys — promote crepe murder.
For opening our eyes to this ongoing alien invasion, William wins a dwarf ‘Early Bird’ crepe myrtle that never needs pruning from our Southern Living Plant Collection. Grumpy hopes he will take it with him as he travels to infinity and beyond!