The Butchart Chronicles : November 3, 2017

Flower and Garden Report November 4th - 10th

Flower and Garden Report November 4th – 10th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

The weather has been unseasonably warm with sun drenched days. The final days of the Dahlia display went out in grand style; the radiant leaves on the Japanese maple trees have lingered a little longer.

These gorgeous days have been a welcome gift as the gardeners are nearing completion of the fall planting season. Hundreds of thousands of bulbs and plants have replaced the summer annual beds. Now the task of preparing the Roses for winter begins. From pruning, plucking off all the leaves by hand, (yes, all the leaves by hand) and mulching, the Rose Garden is in very good hands under the watchful eye of our Rose expert.

Recently, The Gardens earned the honour of being named “World Tulip Garden of The Year” by The World Tulip Society. This recognition is something we are very proud to have achieved. With all the Tulip bulbs that have been planted these past few weeks, it keeps us focused on the rewards of our hard work!

 As the gardens are laid to rest for the season other little things begin to peak some interest. Dangling like jewels from the Davidia tree on The Top Walk, pendent fruit attracts.

Pretty flowers on the hardy Fuchsia shrubs are an early November standout; Hydrangea flowerheads are beautiful as the cooler weather intensifies the colours. The former residence of The Butchart Family is covered in splendour with the Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston ivy) turning shades of brilliant red to purple.

With the Plant Identification Centre retiring for the season, the gardening staff will be offering tours of our greenhouses during the month of November (currently sold out). These tours are very popular and have filled up quickly. With some first-come, first-served spaces still available on Saturdays and Sundays, I encourage those wanting to get a rare glimpse of behind the scenes to arrive early in the morning, and get your name on the list.

Come for a visit, walk amongst the falling leaves and stay for the sumptuous Afternoon Tea – the fire inside is inviting and warm!

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

  • Abelia
  • Acer (Japanese maple)
  • Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • 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)
  • Fuchsia
  • Gordlinia x grandiflora (Mountain Gordlinia)
  • Heptacodium (Seven – son flower)
  • Hydrangea
  • Ilex
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Pansy
  • Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston ivy)
  • Parrotia (Ironwood)
  • Pennisetum setaceum (Purple fountain grass)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Pyracantha
  • Sedum (Stonecrop)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Tricyrtis (Toad lily)
  • Viola