Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Snowball Tree

We have snowballs in April!

This snowball tree graces the rear courtyard at the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum.
 I've seen quite a few of these small trees around town,
 and they are just magnificent!

The structure in the background was built with part of the facade
 from the old Hotel Albert, which was located where the City Hall complex 
now stands. Designed after the Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy,
 the hotel was built before and after the Civil War.
 It was demolished in 1969, a loss that spurred Selmians to try harder
 to preserve their historic structures.

11 comments:

hamilton said...

These are the nice kind of snowballs.

Lowell said...

I'm thinking hydrangeas. That's the word that came to mind and I Googled it and what I saw looks pretty much the same.

Certainly is beautiful "tree."

SouthvilleSunshine said...

What a great name for a tree (and nice photo!)

Kara Claflin said...

what a beautiful tree. The last thing I would want to see in summer here in New England is snowballs! :)

ladyfi said...

That is a beautiful tree!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Such a pretty spot!

Gattina said...

That is really a very beautiful tree, especially because the "snow balls" are flowers ! Spring moved into Belgium too from one day to the other !

NatureStop said...

A very beautiful tree indeed!Have a great day!

Shantana

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a perfect name for this tree! It really is beautiful.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We had snowball (trees) in our yard when we had our Oregon house! They bloomed later though -- I remember having them for May Day baskets when the kids were small. Hadn't thought about them for years. Like so many spring flowers, we just don't see them here in the subtropics of SW FL.

thanks for the memories -- and the lovely picture.

Merisi Vienna said...

Exquisite! I wonder how old the tree is, stately size, really.

Snowball bushes and trees are a bit behind yours, here in Vienna.

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