The "Snow Queen" Oak Leaf Hydrangea is putting on an exceptionally good show this year.
I planted it in September of 2005 right after we moved in. In eleven years it has definitely reached it's full potential.
The photo below is from the garden journal I kept at that time. The tag on the plant said it should get 4-5 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide. Done and done.
Friday night when we stepped out the front door the fragrance hit me for the first time this season.
It's the combination of the right amount of blooms, exposed for the proper number of hours in the warm (but not too hot) afternoon sun, and the presence of a gentle cross breeze that occurred right as we were coming outside to sip on a beverage and discuss weekend plans. I love it when circumstances conspire in my favor.