Tuesday, July 20, 2021


One day I photographed these bushes outside Knox Presbyterian Church downtown. We had these on the property when I was growing up, and we called them snowball bushes.

These were at McPhail Baptist Church close to home for me, taken the following day.

On that particular day I was on my way to the Portage Bridge to photograph the view downstream towards Parliament Hill as I do a couple of times a month. On my way these bushes caught my eye.

Further along I passed through Richmond Landing on my way to the bridge. The landscaping in this upper portion of the landing has been redesigned in recent years, so the plants and flowers on the slope are new.

The sculpture up at the top is called the Gather-Ring, and was done by First Nations artists.

I got onto the bridge to take my photographs, and decided to continue walking along into Gatineau. At this end of the bridge on the Quebec side of the river is a flower bed I featured during the Tulip Festival. New flowers were growing.

I returned into Ottawa. Heading for the downtown, I stopped at the Garden of the Provinces and Territories, a mix of gardens and terraces with various plants and flowers. It lies across from the headquarters of Library And Archives Canada, a short walk up from Richmond Landing.

This water feature is on one of the terraces. Provincial and territorial flowers are engraved on the wall in the background.

And a couple of blocks away, I took this shot of snowball bushes outside a hotel.


  1. The Snowballs are common here in Finland too.

  2. The snowballs are beautiful. I am particularly taken with the Gather-Ring.

  3. A nice and colorful walk. As for those snowballs, we have them in our garden too.

  4. As much as I hate the dark, cold half of the year... the snowballs sure are wonderful.
    Thank you for showing, we don´t have these here.

  5. Snowball bushes is a perfect name for hydrangeas which seem to be in prolific bloom everywhere at present.

  6. ...those "snowball" hydrangeas are beauties. The bushes that caught your eye are honeysuckle and are an invasive weed!

  7. Hello,
    The Snowball bushes are beautiful. I love the daisies! Pretty gardens!
    Take care, have a happy day!

  8. Those snowballs are my preferred type of that word!

  9. We have some here. Bambi likes them!

  10. @Italiafinlandia: they are pretty.

    @Gemel: it's a neat sculpture.

    @Jan: they brighten things up.

    @Iris: you're welcome.

    @David: so that's their proper name.

    @Tom: a weed by any other name...

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marie: both versions are good.

    @Jennifer: deer would like them.

  11. I like that Gather-Ring sculpture and the snowball bushes very much.

  12. Hydrangeas are such a spectacular flower - I really love those photos!

  13. Snowball bushes is the right term!

  14. Still lots of flowers around when the tulips are gone.

  15. I first knew them as Snowballs too.

  16. I've never heard of hydrangeas called snowball bushes before William, I like it, it suits 😉 Ottowa certainly is abounding with blooms right now 🌼

  17. A "snowball bush" is a perfect name for this flowering plant.

  18. @DJan: me too.

    @Jeanie: thank you.

    @Magiceye: it does fit.

    @RedPat: quite a lot.

    @Revrunner: and they look the part.

    @Grace: a whole lot of them.

    @Sharon: it does fit it.

  19. Gorgeous snow ball flower photos ~ Other lovely floral photos too ~

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    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. Lovely snowball flowers, they look great.

  21. The snowball bushes are eye-catching!

  22. The snowball bushes are hydrangeas.

  23. We usually had snowball blooms at the end of May in Iowa. They would be used for grave bouquets on Memorial Day.

  24. @Carol: thank you.

    @Bill: yes they do.

    @Marleen: quite so.

    @Shammickite: i wouldn't have known.

    @Mari: quite appropriate.

  25. I always call the hydrangea bushes snow balls too. :)

  26. Never heard them called snowballs.

  27. Beautiful hydrangeas! I rarely see white ones. They do look like snowballs!

    1. We mostly see white ones here, but I know they come in pink.