Happy Halloween! Mother Nature played her tricks on us this weekend, so we had no ghosts and goblins knocking on our door. In fact, the only knocking we heard was from our knocking the snow off of the trees and bushes.
This lovely beauty was weighed down to the ground by the heavy October snow. After a good shaking midway through the storm she straightened up a bit and I am hoping she will survive to bloom another year.
Her formal name is hydrangea paniculata and she is 8 years old this Fall. She is a standard - pruned into a tree form - and fills our flower bower with her creamy blossoms in summer which fade to this fabulous tea rose. I hope that I can get enough blossoms to make a little wreath or flower arrangement for Thanksgiving, but at this point I'm just happy that she lived through the storm.