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The Butchart Chronicles : May 19, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for May 19, 2016

Pathways in late spring at The Butchart Gardens
Planting season is in full swing and we should have the majority of the planting completed by the last day of this report. This is one of the times during the year that where you can do nothing but appreciate the efforts of the Gardening staff as it really is a monumental undertaking to replant the entire garden while at the same time ensuring that the gardens look fabulous.       

The rhododendrons and azaleas are still performing well and the perennial borders are really starting to provide amazing displays of colour, form and texture. The Blue Poppies continue to dazzle, but you may want to visit soon if viewing these brilliant plants are one of the primary reasons for your visit. We are also beginning to see the first our roses coming in to bloom – which is well ahead of schedule for us.

It’s a busy time in the garden, but the transformation from spring to summer is a tremendous sight to behold!

- Rick Los, director of horticulture   

Watering the early summer Butchart Gardens

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include:

  • Abutilon
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Astrantia
  • Azalea
  • Baptisia
  • Ceanothus
  • Centaurea montana
  • Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer)
  • Choisya
  • Cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida)
  • Cornus kousa
  • Deutzia
  • Dicentra
  • Digitalis
  • Geum
  • Helianthemum
  • Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
  • Iris
  • Lavendula
  • Lupin
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy) and Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh Poppy)
  • Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
  • Paeonia
  • Papaver (Oriental Poppy)
  • Philadelphus
  • Physocarpus
  • Podophyllum (May Apple)
  • Polemonium
  • Rhododendron
  • Saxifrage
  • Schizanthus (in containers and window boxes)
  • Silene
  • Stachys
  • Styrax
  • Thalictrum
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Trillium luteum
  • Weigela
  • Zantedeschia – Arum or Calla Lily

Early summer like conditions at The Butchart Gardens