The Butchart Chronicles : November 24, 2017

Flower and Garden Report November 24th – 30th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report - November 24th–30th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant


Here we are with just one week left until the official start of what is known as “The Fifth Season” here at The Gardens - Christmas. The anticipation is mounting as the gardens elves work feverishly making sure everything is just right.

With all the excitement of Christmas preparation happening, it is a great time just to take in the buzz of activity, while enjoying the final days of fall. With some leaves still lingering on the deciduous trees and other trees looking a little barren, a definite sense of transition is in The Gardens.

Few flowers are out in the garden at this time of year, making the ones that flower all the more enticing. Pieris japonica (Lily-of-the-valley shrub) can be found all throughout The Gardens with a bounty of attractive pendant, terminal flower heads waiting to burst late winter. Sweet little Bellis (English daisy) flowers can be found amongst the garden beds, while dainty Viola and Pansy flowers brighten up winter containers.

During the walk through the grounds you will pass by some very impressive trees. You will find yourself wondering how tall they are, how old they are and exactly what they are?! In the area known as The Sequoia Grove there are two towering Sequoia sempervirens (Coast redwood) trees. Planted in 1934 as seedlings, the tallest one reaches a height of approximately 170 feet and 22 feet around. Other tall trees on the grounds include six Populus nigra (Lombardy poplar) located along the path exiting the Sunken Garden. Planted in 1910 the tallest one of the six is approximately 165 feet tall!  The beautiful surrounding forest mainly consist of Thuja plicata (Western red cedar), Acer macrophyllum (Big- leaf maple) and Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir).

The Butchart Gardens truly is a gem nestled in one the of the most spectacular places in the world. It is always a good time to visit!

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

•    Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
•    Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
•    Bellis (English daisy)
•    Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
•    Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
•    Catalpa (Indian bean tree)
•    Cotoneaster
•    Cyclamen
•    Davidia (Dove tree)
•    Erica (Heather)
•    Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree)
•    Euphorbia pulcherrina (Poinsettia)
•    Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
•    Helleborus (Christmas rose)
•    Hydrangea
•    Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
•    Kalanchoe
•    Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
•    Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
•    Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
•    Orchid
•    Pansy
•    Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
•    Polyanthus (Primula)
•    Pyracantha
•    Sarcococca (Christmas box)
•    Skimmia japonica
•    Viburnum x bodnantense
•    Viburnum tinus
•    Viola