The person responsible for this mass crepe murder in McComb, Mississippi obviously believes any crime worth committing is worth committing 50 times. Imagine the joy he must have torturing one innocent crepe myrtle a day for nearly two months! And so we present you with winner #4 in Crepe Murder 2014.
I suspect this place might be the new hide-out of serial killer, Joe Carroll, on the Fox TV show, “The Following.” Every day, Joe calmly approaches a new crepe myrtle with loppers in hands and whispers, “Shhhhh, my darling. Don’t afraid. I’m not going to hurt you. I’m giving you a gift. The gift of ugliness.”
Chop. Chop. Chop. Chop. Chop.
Let’s Blame Europe
Often after Grumpy pans such bad pruning, someone points out that this is a time-honored practice in Europe called “pollarding.” People there cut back large trunks and branches to the same points every year, creating gnarly, rheumatoid knuckles that they judge to be pretty, rather than disfiguring. It’s then suggested that because Europe does it, America should follow their example. That’s like saying every President of Italy ought to then be elected President of the United States. If you agree, I hope you like pizza and Peyton Manning, because I think Italy’s current President is Papa John. (I could be wrong.)
For sending Grumpy this outstanding example of crepe murder, Courtney Bolton wins a lavender ‘Early Bird’ dwarf crepe myrtle from our Southern Living Plant Collection. Check back here tomorrow for our next winner.