With apologies to the Beach Boys: “Well, the West Coast peeps are hip, they wouldn’t murder all their trees. They wouldn’t take a saw to a crepe myrtle row and cut them all off at the knees.” Whoops! It appears crepe murder is alive and well on the Left Coast. From Elk Grove, California, here’s winner #6!
Grumpy knows what you’re thinking. “We thought Californians were the taste-makers, the trendsetters, those beacons of enlightenment and culture that show benighted regions like the South the right ways to do everything. You know, like blue hair; building homes on fire-prone ridge tops; and through the miracle of excessive plastic surgery, looking like former movie star Kim Novak does today.”
No wonder “Vertigo” director Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t keep his hands off of her!
But we were wrong. When it comes to a time-honored Southern tradition like crepe murder, Californians are following our lead! The Laguna Gateway Shopping Center uses the same sophisticated pruning techniques to maul its mall that ours do. This shows shoppers the right way to prune at home. I mean, if the Sizzler restaurant prunes like this, shouldn’t we all? Sizzler thinks fresh every day!
For sending Grumpy this superb example of West Coast wisdom, Dee Dee wins a lavender ‘Early Bird’ dwarf crepe myrtle that never needs pruning from our Southern Living Plant Collection. I can think of no better color for California than lavender. Am I right? Can I get an “Amen?” Amen!
Well, this has been one of Grumpy’s favorite crepe murder episodes ever, so I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs from California’s own, The Mamas & The Papas.
All their limbs are gone
And our lives are gray
I saw how they pruned
On a winter’s day.
I just wish they’d put
Their stupid saws away
On such a winter’s day.