The Butchart Chronicles : August 11, 2017

Flower and Garden Report August 11th - 17th

Flower and Garden Report August 11th – 17th, 2017

By Thea Hegland

My mother used to bring me to The Gardens when I was a little girl. What I remember the most was how I felt when I was here. I was always very excited and felt special. It was like a fairy tale land amongst the pretty flowers and trees, magical streams and reflecting ponds. There were butterflies and dragonflies. There were birds and there was me... lost deep in my imagination in the enchanting Sunken Garden.

I know now I’m not the only one who feels this way about The Gardens. Memories are made and the moments are treasured. Colorful combinations of flowers harmonize with the trees and shrubs. Each season reveals more wonders and many visitors come back to enjoy The Gardens.

The warm mid-summer heat has brought out many new flowers in The Gardens this week. In our perennial borders you will find Helenium, Helianthus, Aster, Vernonia and Physostegia all coming into bloom now. The art of succession blooms in the perennial borders is imperative. Carefully selecting plants for their color, size, bloom time and artistically arranging them requires thought. The Concert Lawn perennial border is an endless flow classic favorites and unusual perennials. It is here you often find the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds among the flowers.

Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)

Often understated is the fern collection. Over 80 different ferns enhance The Gardens. Different species of Polystichum, Athyrium and Dryopteris soften the palette in a delicate way. There is a sense of calmness when you enter The Japanese Garden. Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair fern) pleasantly flow through the peaceful garden. As you approach the bottom of the Japanese Garden you catch a glimpse of Butchart Cove. A highlight is to take advantage of the boat tours from the wharf. A beautiful scenic boat ride around Tod Inlet and Brentwood Bay offer a different perspective of The Gardens.

Another highlight this week is the Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree) blooming in the Japanese Garden. The soft fern-like leaves bear pretty fuzzy pink flowers. Two trees were planted in 1989 when the Japanese Garden had some garden renovation. Sadly we lost one this past winter during one of our snowfalls. While losing plants is a sad part of gardening, it always brings exciting change. Yet to be replaced, I look forward to new tree life in The Japanese Garden. I wonder what will be planted…

Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree)

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum (Monkshood)
  • Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree)
  • Angelica
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)
  • Aster (Michaelmas daisy)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Begonia
  • Buddleja (Butterfly bush)
  • Cephalaria (Giant scabiosa)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ (Night blooming cactus)
  • Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead)
  • Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum ugandense ( Blue glory bower)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Crocosmia
  • Dahlia
  • Duranta  ‘Sapphire Showers’
  • Echinacea (Coneflower)
  • Eucryphia
  • Fuchsia
  • Gladiolus callianthus
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hibiscus  syriacus ‘Blue Bird’
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Inula
  • Lagerstroemeria (Crape myrtle)
  • Leonotis (Lion’s ear)
  • Lilium (Lily)
  • Lobelia speciosa
  • Lysimachia
  • Monarda (Bee balm)
  • Persicaria (Knotweed)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Tecoma
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thunbergia
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Verbena
  • Zinnia