|Snowball bush front of house next to red bayberry shrub|
|Close up of snow ball branch|
It's Latin horticultural name is Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' and is known as a very adaptable plant, with a mature height of 10-12 ft., Viburnum is touted as perfect for hedges and screens bu this baby stands alone along the front, outside a guest bedroom window. This shrub gives all the beauty and none of the fuss. From a gardener's catalogue: "You’ll enjoy large hydrangea-like blooms in early summer, sometimes reaching the size of a softball! As a large mounding shrub, Viburnum is ideal for that showy formal hedge or privacy screen. Space 8-10 ft. apart for a full compact screen. "
There you have it, early summer bloom indeed this year here up north where things always bloom later than they did in California or certainly later than farther south, our snowball bush is ahead and headlong into early summer, despite a few nights of evenings cooling to light frosts. These blooms are indeed softball size. There is no scent, which makes them ideal for table arrangements where a floral smell sometimes conflicts with food aromas.
I like to cut limbs for floral arrangements but this year, the blooms are ahead of the iris and maybe two weeks past the prime of the lilacs with which it makes a spectacular show. But we are preparing to depart in our motor home this week to Indiana first to visit friends and then on to PA to check on things for the estate and the house which still is on the market. So I will not be enjoying snowball bouquets. I remember that Aunt Marie had one of these bushes and when we visited later in the year it could be found in bloom in June and July and sometimes hers would give a second bloom with fewer flowers. Our bush never blooms twice and after this full bouquet display it merits a rest and retreat to leaves for the remainder of its growing season.
|Lily of the valley|
|Lily of the valley sprig with one of |
our outdoor cherubs
In Germanic mythology lilies are associated with the virgin goddess of spring Ostara. The lily symbolizes life to Pagans and the blooming of lily of the valley flower heralds the feast of Ostara. The sweet fragrance and whiteness of the flowers symbolize the humility and purity of its patron goddess."
It is a toss up today whether my favorite floral scent is rose or lily of the valley. Other names include May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, male lily, and muguet, which is French and which I recall Coty made a toilet water so named.