This is such an ugly tree for much of the year but when it comes into leaf and bloom (almost simultaneously) it is stunning. I love the pale color of the leaves and the white blossoms that are like orchids. They don’t last long but when they fall they drop onto cars and sidewalks like a careless blessing. They remind me of people who we think of as unattractive but who suddenly put forth some beauty that takes us by surprise.
PS. Someone has given birth to a kitten in my storage under the balcony. I only hear one high pitched meow from time to time so I hope it is only one. Whatever it is, it will make getting the lawn mower out a bit of a problem.