First blooms are always high out of reach. "Little Gem."
You can see stamens that shed through the translucent petals.
I don't remember its name. I do remember that it is an LA hybrid.
Maybe it is 'Easter Bonnet.'
This is the first mophead hydrangea to bloom.
It was a cutting that I stuck by the birdbath a few years ago.
The little sign says, "Welcome feathered friends."
The birdbath leans so that it drips into the rock below for
the convenience of little birds and thrashers who like low water.