The Butchart Chronicles : December 8, 2017

Flower and Garden Report December 8th - 14th

Flower and Garden Report December 8th -14th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

It’s a wonderful life in the garden. A sanctuary for many local birds, it is the place to be for bird enthusiasts. The beautiful sounds of singing birds bring a peaceful feeling amidst the historic garden. Around 35 common birds are seen regularly at The Gardens, from Anna’s hummingbirds and Song sparrows to soaring Bald eagles. Some birds show themselves in the winter, others will be back to join us in the spring.

The December garden delivers many delights. Hardy blossoms surprise the plant lovers; pretty Helleborus (Christmas rose) brighten up winter containers, Erica (Heather), soft yellow Jasminium (Winter jasmine) and delicate Camellia blossoms are just some of the flowering jewels found in The Gardens. Established older trees covered in lichen and moss capture the essence of the well-established garden, while the Christmas display brings joy to all those who come.

Sunny days and crisp starry nights lie in the days ahead, making the garden an ideal place for wintery walks. One of my favorite times of the day during December is late afternoon, as the sun sets over the hills on the west side of The Garden casting a gorgeous glow, signaling the end of another beautiful day. As the night falls, the magic begins.

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest

  • Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
  • Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
  • Camellia
  • Catalpa (Indian bean tree)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Cyclamen
  • Davidia (Dove tree)
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree)
  • Euphorbia pulcherrina (Poinsettia)
  • Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)
  • Hydrangea
  • Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
  • Kalanchoe
  • Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
  • Medinilla magnifica
  • Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Orchid
  • Pansy
  • Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Pyracantha
  • Sarcococca (Christmas box)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Viburnum x bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Viola