Snowballs and I go way back. Not the kind you form from freshly fallen snow, but the kind that grows on branches.
For as long as I can remember, my momma had a snowball bush growing just outside her kitchen window. A bright and sunny window that welcomed the afternoon sunlight ... a cheerful spot that could turn a most ordinary day into a breath of fresh air. I loved doing dishes in momma's kitchen, that says a lot right there. I have so many memories of momma's snowball bush full of blooms in springtime, and the sun filled window making a rainbow of colors that danced in the soapy dishwater. Mostly, it was momma making this time special...and I still enjoy washing dishes in her sink beneath the sunny kitchen window...even though the snowball bush is long gone.
So, I made sure to plant two in my garden and the memories flood back every spring as they bloom in my garden and I bring them indoors to enjoy, like these in the dining room.
The snowball blooms look a bit like hydrangea, though they are rounder (snowball) and not as sturdy. They don't last as long indoors either...but they are beautiful none the less. Two snowballs broke off the stems and I couldn't leave them on the ground, so they've been placed in two small bowls.
Another springtime bloomer is the fringe tree. It is dainty, like clouds of fleecy white with just a bit of fragrance...so delicate and beautiful to see when there is a bit of breeze.
To display in this pewter coffee pot, I have placed a small glass canning jar inside to hold the water and fringe tree stems.
More fringe tree blooms in this Staffordshire dog.
I wish spring blooms lasted longer, I will sure miss being able to bring in these snowball and fringe tree blooms. Do you have a favorite spring flower? What's blooming in your garden?