Isn't it Haleria lucida? The Tree Fuscia? Whatever it is, lovely sketch!
Thanks, Maree - I looked it us - it's not it. I think I'll try catching locals again - hopefully they know what grows next to their fence ;)
I'm sure it's catalpa, Nina...think so, anyway...
Check out Paulownia. The pod, giant heart shaped leaf, lavender flowers and the fact that it's already blooming suggest it to me. It's a tree with a cult following! I'd been admiring one in my neighborhood for years and finally found someone who knew what it was.
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