The Mysterious Thing in My Yard

I have a mysterious thing in my yard, in the bed next to the garage.  I would be delighted if you could help me figure out what it is.  From the pictures, I think it’s obvious that it used to be larger than it is and that it got cut way back.  But it doesn’t stink or give me a rash and it seems to be coming back, so I’m kind of content to let it see what it can do with that spot.

10 thoughts on “The Mysterious Thing in My Yard

  1. I’m going to guess that it’s an azalea that’s been cut back. I’m not sure though. It’s going to have to wait until it puts on new leaves or blooms for anyone to know for sure.

    What kind of texture is on the leaves. Smooth, or rough, shiny or fuzzy?

  2. They are smooth and shiny. I’m hoping it is an azalea, though, that would be nice. Plus I just looked on the azalea lovers’ website and they’re all “Your azalea just wants compost and leaves and does not require special feeding in most cases.”

    Shoot. I can swing some leaves for it, for sure.

  3. Yeah, I think it’s a rhododendron. I have some that just mysteriously get dead spots, so I imagine it was cut back because of that and in hopes it would grow back.

  4. You know a good thing that you could do right now is to get your soil tested around your yard. Take several samples from different areas and contact the Davidson Co. Agricultural Extension service (Ellington) . You need to go ahead and find out the composition of your soil and what it needs.

    Azalea likes an acid soil, your vegetable garden will want something a little different and it could vary from the yard, to the flower beds and in different spots.

    You can buy do it yourself kits, but they don’t always tell you as much information as the Extension Service will. Especially for this first time.

  5. It didn’t really look like an azalea to me when i saw it. I’ve never seen an azalea look quite that denuded around Nashville, even in the winter, even the ones that mostly drop their leaves. It might have been a rather scraggly one, though, that got cut all the way back to start over and reshape. Which is something that can be done with that kind of shrub if you’re willing to take the time for them to grow back.

  6. It might be a Butterfly Bush. The wood looks like mine. You generally prune them back “hard” but they’ll grow back 6 feet or so in the summer. And they really do attract butterflies.

  7. Butterfly bush sounds like a good guess, but it’s hard to tell from the pitiful shreds that are left, Maybe you could make a contest of it, like “Name that Tune”. Post a weekly picture of it as it grows back and the one who could identify it from the fewest leaves gets the prize!

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