The Butchart Chronicles : May 26, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for May 26, 2016

Late May roses in bloom
The summer planting will be completed within the next week and we will be patiently waiting for the newly planted borders to fill out and display the glorious colour and colour combinations that we have planned. In the meantime the perennial borders are providing all kinds of treats for our visitors – especially our diverse collections of Peonies and Iris, which are literally stopping visitors in their tracks. 
The rhododendrons and azaleas have pretty well finished presenting their glorious displays of colourful blooms for the year. Unfortunately the flowers came early and finished quickly as the weather was much warmer than usual. The weather has now cooled somewhat allowing the Blue Poppies to continue to bloom, but don’t wait too long if viewing these brilliant plants are one of the primary reasons for your visit. More of our Roses are coming in to bloom – especially some of the climbers which are well ahead of schedule for us.
This is really a special time to visit as the garden slowly transitions into the fullness of its summer glory! 

- Rick Los, director of horticulture
Blue Poppy Late Bloom
Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include:

•    Abutilon
•    Anthriscus
•    Aruncus
•    Astrantia
•    Baptisia
•    Campanula
•    Ceanothus
•    Centaurea montana
•    Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer)
•    Choisya
•    Cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida)
•    Clerodendron ugandense
•    Cornus kousa
•    Cytisus
•    Deutzia
•    Dianthus
•    Dicentra
•    Digitalis
•    Eschscholzia (don’t try pronouncing this one!)   California Poppy
•    Helianthemum
•    Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
•    Iris
•    Kniphofia
•    Lavendula
•    Leptospermum
•    Lupin
•    Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy)
•    Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
•    Paeonia
•    Papaver (Oriental Poppy)
•    Philadelphus
•    Physocarpus
•    Podophyllum (May Apple)
•    Polemonium
•    Rhododendron
•    Saxifrage
•    Silene
•    Spartium
•    Stachys
•    Styrax
•    Thalictrum
•    Thunbergia
•    Tradescantia
•    Verbascum
•    Weigela
•    Zantedeschia – Arum or Calla Lily

Overlooking the Rose Garden