New York: one woman, one terrace, twelve seasons.
some sort of Actaea ?
Ooh...I think you're on the right track, Donna! I remember seeing the name doll's eyes, somewhere on a label. Thank you!
At first I thought Fothergilla, before seeing the leaves. I'm on the White or Red Baneberry trail. Acteae.http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/galleryw5.html
I think Fothergilla might be the right track after all..especially when this site calls them "honey-scented bottle brush" flowers which is what seem like its salient features to me --http://www.naturallandscapesnursery.com/fothergilla.htm
QC, nope; fothergilla is a shrub. flower is of a similar fluffiness, though.I'm convinced by the actea, not sure of the species, though.It's OK, you can rest on your papaw/pawpaw laurels :-)
From the serrations on the leaf, I'd say Actaea. (Fothergilla has a more rounded leaf. Also, Fothergilla is gloriously coloured in autumn, if you recall seeing it then)Mind you, I was uncertain until I scrambled into a cupboard of "cold climate" books!And that rose? Still looking.
Looking at the Flatbush Gardener's flickr photostream has laid to rest our problem:http://www.flickr.com/photos/flatbushgardener/3530247712/in/set-72157618116619030/Actaea pachypoda it is.I used to live on Flatbush Avenue...the old joke about what your pornstar name would be? Your first pet's name, and your current street. At the time I would have been:Muffy Flatbush.Ta-raaaa.