The gardens in our area seem especially lovely this year! We're doing our bit to add to the charm by planting a row of peppermint pink hydrangea bushes along the side of our house. I love the huge fluffy blooms of these plants, and they remind me of summers past when I was a little girl playing outside all day. My aunt lived next door, and she had one of these beauties in her yard. My brother and I were drawn to it like bees to honey, but we were forbidden to pick the flowers. One day, overcome with summer heat and the joy of playing tag in her huge yard, we stripped the bush of all its blooms and pelted each other with them in a "snowball " fight! I'll leave the consequences to your imagination, but even now I remember how much fun we had, until she came outside and caught us. I understand now why she guarded those precious blossoms, but it seemed obvious to me then that those big balls of petals were meant for tossing in the air with wild abandon! I'm not planning any "snowball" fights with my own hydrangeas, but you never know when the summer heat will addle your brain and make it seem like the best idea ever.