July snowballs…

Those that have read my blog for a while know that Snowball flowers are one of my favorite since childhood. In my garden I had a Snowball Shrub (Viburnum plicatum). The Snowballs I observe in abundance now are Snowball Hydrangea (Handrangea arborescens), a shrub with a lower profile and native to the United States of unlike the Viburnum species. Thier intricate, delicate, complicated design is truly the work of higher being.

The delicate color changes with subtle lighting changes. Flowers are a greenish white in the sunlight and a golden off-white in the shade. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Simple design of each flower plus dozens, perhaps hundereds or blooms per cluster equal an established miracle. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Childhood impression…

Snowball Bush with Barbery in background, copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Snowball Bush with Barbery in background, copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Snowball Bush copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Snowball Bush copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Sometimes things that happen to you in your childhood impact your adult life choices. My mother rightfully took pride in her garden and lawn; they were beautiful from her hours of care. My favorite place though in the springtime was the yard several houses away. They had a wonder of nature, the Common Snowball Bush (Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’). More importantly we were allowed to have snowball fights in May using these large round bunches of delicate flowers. A child’s dream comes true.

Without hesitation this Snowball Bush was a first purchase for me when we bought our home. And each spring I still get great pleasure in tossing a snowball or two.

They also make great cut flowers. To keep them blooming longer smash the small the woody stem before putting in water.