What shrub? Fuzzy-looking white flowers, opposite leaves

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    In the Wharton Grove, right next to the Rhododendron auriculatum whose buds seem even less open than two weeks ago, is a shrub we can't remember if we've seen before. The flowers aren't quite open yet. Hairs are a little deceptive - they didn't feel as fuzzy as they look, though they weren't prickly either.
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Try more photos in a week or two? I suspect they may be flower spikes developing, rather than individual flowers.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Wouldn't you think I could recognize a hydrangea by now? I am certain that this is Hydrangea aspera subsp. strigosa, one of several hydrangeas listed in this plot. I posted one in another location six years ago, that had a label (and is in the database as) Hydrangea strigosa. It will have nice blue fertile flowers - it's the last set of photos at July 25, 2012 - the first five minutes. Those two names would have to be the same, wouldn't they? It is just starting to open its flowers.
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Not only that, but the same day last week that I posted the unknown shrub, quite nearby, I photographed this Hydrangea aspera 'Macrophylla' (speaking of confusing names), only got as far as thinking that the shrub in question looked like something I should recognize.
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here is the original plant, Hydrangea aspera subsp. strigosa, two days ago.
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