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The Butchart Chronicles : May 19, 2017

Flower and Garden Report May 18th to May 25th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report May 18th – May 25th, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

We have begun the transition from our spectacular spring floral display to the planting of fresh summer annuals as the peak of the bulb display begins to taper off. The weather has been cool - which is ideal for extending the bloom time of the spring bulbs and many flowering trees and shrubs. So don’t worry, even though we’re in a state of transition, there is still an abundance of colour throughout the Gardens to satisfy the desire of any garden lover!

Just out this week are the famous Blue Poppies which are a draw in themselves as people come from far and wide just to get a glimpse of their stunning, pure blue flowers. After having been away for a week I missed the unfolding of the splendid white bracts of the Davidia or Handkerchief tree. These are always a highlight until they begin to drop and hang like tissue from anything that happens growing beneath them!

The garden will slowly begin to embrace summer during the next couple of weeks, but if you have a desire to see the spring garden at its finest, don’t delay as change is in the wind.    

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Aesculus
  • Ajuga
  • Allium
  • Aquilegia
  • Arisaema (Cobra Lily, Jack-in-the-pulpit)
  • Azalea
  • Bellis
  • Bergenia
  • Brunnera
  • Cercis
  • Chaenomeles
  • Convallaria (Lily-of-the –Valley)
  • Cornus nutallii
  • Davidia (Handkerchief tree)
  • Deutzia
  • Dicentra
  • Doronicum
  • Eremurus
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Euphorbia
  • Exochorda
  • Fritillaria
  • Gentian
  • Geum
  • Helleborus   
  • Iberis
  • Kerria
  • Magnolia
  • Myosotis
  • Narcissus
  • Ornithogalum
  • Pansy
  • Papaver
  • Pericallis (Cinerarea)
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Prunus (flowering Cherries)
  • Rhododendron
  • Spirea
  • Tiarella
  • Trollius
  • Tulips
  • Viburnum