By Nancy Covert
The humungous red (Fire Engine Red, perhaps?) azalea bush in a Lafayette Street yard would make an ideal pillow for daydreaming on a sunny, blue-sky Steilacoom day.
The over-sized headrest is actually “nine separate plants” that have grown together during the past 25-30 years, according to Charles Peiffer, who is especially pleased with his front-yard conversation piece. Peiffer is a fire captain with Lakewood’s Fire Department.
The house’s original owner had the grounds professionally landscaped, he said.
The azalea hedge on the lawn’s south side has a way to go, though, before it can compete with the plants on the north side.
Nowadays he uses a pole pruner to shape the massive mound. This year is the first time he’s fertilized it. That TLC paid off since the tiny trumpet-shaped blossoms are blooming evenly all over.
“It’s about as perfect as it has ever been,” he added.