Snow on the Snowballs

Is it snowball viburnum or snowball hydrangea?

A hydrangea can grow up to 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Its branches grow in a loose and widely spaced-out form.

It has toothed leaves and shallow veins. It blooms from June through September, and its flowers have different colors.

Whereas a snowball bush is famous for its large white flowers. Initially, the color of the flower is apple-green, then it changes to white and then eventually into rose color.

My mother (lover of all things flowering) always thought “Snowball” bushes were the best, though I never remember her growing one. She loved how people could add acid and change their colors, “Hydrangeas grown in soil with a pH of 5.5 and lower produce blue flowers, while 6.5 and higher produce pink flowers.”

Before we get too far away from snowfalls I wanted to share a humorous experience from when we went away to the northern part of Ohio in early March.

The morning we were due to depart we awoke to a light snowfall. We were amazed at the difference in the landscape over night. As I was getting into the car I noticed this treasure in plain sight!

Viburnum or Hydrangea this made me smile

Wonder what mom would think of snowballs with snow on them?

I also wanted to report I saw my first dandelion March 9. That is certainly a harbinger of spring! This week we have some temps in the 20s and then spring weather is supposed to break on our scene for weeks to come!

Do you remember this childhood rhyme?

Spring is sprung
the grass is green
I wonder where 
the birdies been?

More importantly, the Scripture!

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
before the Lord.

For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.

Psalm 96:11-13 NKJV

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