By SKEETER I snapped this photo on June 23 here in my Georgia Gardens. The Crepe Myrtle (Click Here to see my Southern Belles) is blooming way earlier then normal this year.
Here is the same tree the very next day! This poor tree has had issues in the past few years. When we moved into this house, she was in place but had been drastically pruned (Click HERE to see Crepe Murder) year after year by the previous homeowners. After learning that Crepe Myrtles bloom on old wood, I decided to never prune this tree again.
Just look at my Southern Belle doing the splits! Sigh, Miss Myrtle thrived but was too top heavy for the branches to support the heavy blooms. Each time it would rain, the water would weigh down the tree and we lost a bit here and there over the past few years. Click HERE to see a post about the damage. We have been talking about going back to Murder as everything we tried would not work for this poor gal. So now she is split right down the middle.
It was heart breaking for me to clean up this mess. The tree was about half way in the blooming process. Yes, this tree loved where it was located. After the blooms finish, we shall cut down the remainder of the tree. I plan to have the Saint give her a clean cut at the base of the trunk and let her grow into a bush. He wants to remove the entire thing roots and all and plant one of the new Red Rooster Myrtles here but knowing how Myrtles send up shoots from the base, I want to give this tree one more chance at life. What a sad day to see MISS MYRTLE DOING THE SPLITS, In the Garden...
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