We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pruning is a subject of great interest to us, as it is to all gardeners. It is now the last chance to do our winter pruning of those late-blooming shrubs and trees which bloom on new growth.
This site from Texas A&M is an excellent pruning overview, with special attention to the pruning requirements of Crepe Myrtle.
Shrubs which are pruned wrong offend my delicate gardening sensibilities.
Photo: One of my young Crepe Myrtles blooming a couple of Augusts ago. Up here in Yankeeland, north of their growing zone, they have a small chance of thriving if they are a hardy variety, and are well-sheltered and well-mulched for the winter. Mine do just fine. While they are commonplace in the South, up here nobody seems to know what they are.
As with hybrid Rhodadendrons and azaleas, it's an iffy proposition up here - but well-worth when it works.
Thanks for the crape myrtle link; always wanted to learn more . . . one of my classmates is married to a guy in New Haven, CT, a landscape designer, who specializes in getting them to thrive in Yankeeland. Sounds like you've got that licked, BD.
Is it true that the white-flowered cultivar has the best scent? That is what I observed when I worked in North Carolina, anyway.