One of the delightful surprises in my new-to-me garden this year is this amazing bush.
It stands beside my driveway, and reaches almost 8 feet tall.
I suspect, that like all the rest of the yard, it has been ignored by the previous tenants for the past five years.
It gave me a few blooms last Sept after I moved in (perhaps grateful for the drinks of water - finally)
And now this spring, it has fully blossomed -
It is so lovely.
One friend called it a "tulip tree" - and perhaps she is correct - yet, I am sending out this query to my gardening pals. Do you know what specifically this is? Its leaves resemble a rhododendron, and open after it has bloomed.
As you can see, the leaves are just beginning to appear now.
(And yes, for those of you who might ask.. that is my neighbor's yard in the background... the rhodies & azaleas are in full bloom here too!) I look forward to all your thoughts about whether I should feed it, or trim it, or just let it continue to be the "wild child" that it is right now (which I must admit I am rather enjoying)