Upon closer inspection, I discovered that this was a lone tulip in the midst of irises (which Dad tells me will bloom in May.)
Guess what? The "mystery shrub" at the end of the patio and the two other shrubs in the corner of the yard are lilacs! That makes me so happy.
And, also, because I hate to be wrong I need to say that the tree in our backyard is not a red bud. It's a flowering plum tree.
This is like unwrapping a gift. I can't wait to see what God uncovers next in my yard. :)