The Butchart Chronicles : November 9, 2017

Flower and Garden Report November 11th - 17th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report November 11th – 17th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

November frost has hit the garden. While we have been enjoying some crisp mornings, many days have been filled with sunshine and the daytime temperature has been pleasant. I like this time of the year in the garden.

The perennial borders have all been cut down, tender plants and shrubs are nestled safely in our greenhouses, and the bulbs are all freshly planted. Everything is in place for the winter months. This is the time of year when we can appreciate the landscape of The Gardens and observe the little surprises more closely that are waiting to be found.

Fabulous winter containers are replacing the summer ones with interesting shrubs and delicate flowers, including an extensive variety of evergreens with different textures and colours from Juniperus, Cryptomeria to Osmanthus.

With Remembrance Day this week we take the time to reflect on those who sacrificed their lives for our country as well as the many who have served and continue to serve.  The Butchart men served their country while The Gardens suffered a severe man power shortage. As a result, The Gardens were somewhat neglected.

In 1917 during the 1St World War Mr. R.P. Butchart was invited through the Imperial Munitions Board to assume Director of Shipbuilding on the west coast. This was to organize and build wooden ships for the war effort. Without hesitation, Mr. Butchart accepted the post. Jennie Butchart, always the gracious host, served tea while soldiers were being entertained on the main lawn during the 1st World War.

During the 2nd World War, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Butchart was in the Naval Service. Lieutenant -Commander Robert Ian Ross served in the North Atlantic.

A beautiful floral wreath in commemoration of Remembrance Day will be on display for visitors. Arranged with care and consideration by our floral designer with classic red Roses.

Lest we forget

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

  • Acer (Japanese maple)
  • Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • Browallia (Amethyst violet)
  • Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
  • Catalpa (Indian bean tree)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum (Glory bower)
  • Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ (Dogwood)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Davidia (Dove tree)
  • Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree)
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)
  • Fuchsia
  • Heptacodium (Seven – son flower)
  • Hydrangea
  • Ilex
  • Nandina (Heavenly bamboo)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Orchid
  • Pansy
  • Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston ivy)
  • Parrotia (Ironwood)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Pyracantha
  • Sedum (Stonecrop)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Viburnum
  • Viola