Franklinia in bloom
Two years ago I planted a seedling of Franklinia alatamaha. It's about 3 feet tall now and in bloom for the first time. It's a lovely thing. The buds swell like fuzzy pale eggs, then open to a sort of camellia like flower. It's in a bed near the house with deciduous azaleas where I'm able to keep it well watered during dry spells.