We bought this crape myrtle last year on clearance at Lowe's. It was not the healthiest looking tree, but it was $4, so I figured it wasn't a huge loss if it didn't make it. We waited all summer last year for it to bloom and it just never did. The day we got home with Eli we looked out and it had so many blooms. I have no idea how that happened in just two days, but it was great. This year we watched all the crape myrtles in the area bloom and bloom while ours stayed green. A few weeks ago we looked out to find it full of blooms again. I guess it will always wait until close to August to get going... It will forever be our Eli's tree.