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Flower and Garden Report June 1st - June 7th 2017

 Flower and Garden Report June 1st - 7th 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

My apologies for missing a week of reporting as changes are rapidly taking place in the garden at this time of year and I really feel like I haven’t kept you up to date. Our spring display basically ‘hit a wall’ just before the Victoria Day long weekend as we went from below average temperatures to extremely warm, sunny conditions. The collapse of the bulb display was about as abrupt and dramatic as we have ever seen, but our gardeners are doing a fantastic job turning things around by planting tens of thousands of fresh and colourful bedding plants throughout the gardens. With the many changes that we have implemented, we are hoping that this year’s summer display will be our most impressive yet.   

While all this upheaval is taking place, a constant source of beauty and inspiration has been the abundance of colour provided by our diverse collection of Azaleas and Rhododendrons. The much loved Blue Poppies also continue to dazzle our visitors with their stunning, pure blue flowers.

In a nutshell – spring is over and summer is not quite here. That being said, the gardens look amazingly beautiful in this transitional season as there are many flowering plants that provide colour and interest before the roses and bedding plants dominate the scene.       

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Azalea
  • Baptisia
  • Campanula
  • Ceanothus
  • Centaurea montana
  • Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer)
  • Choisya
  • Cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida)
  • Clematis
  • Deutzia
  • Dianthus
  • Dicentra
  • Digitalis
  • Eschscholzia (don’t try pronouncing this one!)   California Poppy
  • Helianthemum
  • Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
  • Iris
  • Lavendula
  • Leptospermum
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy)
  • Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
  • Papaver (Oriental Poppy)
  • Philadelphus
  • Physocarpus
  • Podophyllum (May Apple)
  • Polemonium
  • Rhododendron
  • Saxifrage
  • Stachys
  • Syringa
  • Thalictrum
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Viburnum
  • Weigela