The year after I moved in, I bought a hawthorn tree to block the view between the dining room window and the street. The tree hasn't gown much - it doesn't block any views - but even more disappointing is that it hasn't bloomed.
Honestly, this year I was prepared to pull it out and replace it. Now I think I'll give it another chance. There aren't many yet (I almost didn't see them at the very top) but there are finally some blooms.
I figure that these earn the tree at least another year in my yard.