Monday, April 26, 2010

Ode to the Unknown Flower

My next door neighbor has a green thumb a mile long. I've seen her bring home dead flowers from K-Mart's 25 cent table and resurrect them into their full glory. She has a bush in her yard that must be at least 15 feet high now that blooms every April with the most beautiful small snowball like blossoms. Each "snowball" can sit in the palm of your hand and has tight, perfectly white flowerettes. No fragrance tho. Trudi doesn't know the name of this bush, tho. It was just something she planted years ago. It drapes elegantly over the fence into my yard, which I consider a real gift. Today, I finally sent photos to my son, who just happens to be a horticulturalist at OK State University, in hopes that he can identify it. If not, I guess I can find the local co-op extension office in my county and see if they can identify it. Barry thought it might be a viburnum, but I don't think so. Whatever it is, it's glorious and I just wanted to share one photo with my blog friends!


Ozstuff said...

Wow! Lynn, what a gorgeous photo and what a stunningly beautiful shrub. I like to think I am (ahem) a wee bit knowledgeable on the subject of plant life but I can't put a name to this one. Don't forget to let us know if your son can identify it for you.

LynnF said...

Well, I discovered it is a viburnum, Marie...a viburnum snowball bush! Lynn

Gayle Page-Robak said...

I believe your son is right, it certainly looks like a SNOWBALL VIBURNUM. I planted one a few years ago and it did nothing for the longest time, I then decided to plant a Clare De Lune Peony (beautiful white with huge golden yellow center) in the same area. Well, next thing I know the Snowball Vibernum decides it is now going to grow. I donèt have blooms now but it is such an interesting bush, the stems twist and turn and I am so anxious to see it bloom, but I will just wait. I actually took the Clare De Lune Peony out of the area because it gives a show of its own and I did not want to compromise either of them. I planted the Snowball Viburnum to compliment a Bridal Wreath Spirea that blooms so beautifully each year on the opposite side of the garden...If you Google Snowball Viburnum you will see just what a fabulous specimen it is.