The musings of a chef-caterer
turned estate gardener,
digging, pruning and
cultivating my way through a year in the garden
This may be the worst example I have ever seen of repeated crape myrtle mutilation ... those trees look horrible!
Interestingly, this man is the neighborhood "expert" and does the crapes for some of his neighbors, as well!
I guess those Firepowers could represent spilled blood. I hate this killing season.
Les, I am always getting in trouble for my quirky humor. For next year's Southeastern Flower Show, I'm doing an educational exhibit on pruning. I'm tempted to use this photo for my "Lizzie Borden" section on crape myrtles....
Crape Myrtles are VERY prevalent down this direction, they are in parking lots plantings, esplanades, and the front yards of many many homes and, sadly, I see this all the time. I want to plant them at our farm once I start getting to work on the yard, and I have already been studying the proper way to eventually prune them...so I am not guilty of this either. i always said I wouldn't have any until I knew the proper way to prune, ha.
Too cold for crape myrtles in Ontario, but our country roads are line with decapitated pines and gouged maples that had the unfortunate circumstance to be planted too close to the power lines - love our hydro crews