The Butchart Chronicles : October 27, 2017

Flower and Garden Report October 28 - November 3rd

Flower and Garden Report October 28th – November 3rd, 2017

By Thea Hegland

It has been an intense week at The Gardens. Dramatic weather has brought heavy rainfall, wind and some respite. Moments of sunshine are soaked up before the next rainfall. With sun-filled days in the forecast ahead, this is a great time to take a walk through our autumn wonderland.

The gardeners are working to transform the gardens at a rapid pace. With no time to be idle, the pressure is on to plant the spring bulbs and remove tender plants before they succumb to a heavy frost. While the cool weather is critical to the autumn colour on the deciduous trees and shrubs, we must try to keep the garden pendulum balanced.

Highlights this week include the Dahlia border with over 180 different varieties, 11 different classes of Dahlias including Cactus, Waterlily, Decorative and Collarette forms, to name a few. Fabulous shapes and sizes provide our final kaleidoscope of colour before the garden takes a rest from all that glitters.

The autumn leaves shine bright on the trees, offering visitors an incredible experience. On the Concert Lawn, the Nyssa sylvatica (Tupelo) has turned a vivid orange. Nearby, the Parrotia persica (Ironwood) has some of the finest fall colour with orange, red, yellow and burgundy leaves. Some of the oldest trees in the gardens are at the entrance to the Japanese Garden. Two prominent Fagus sylvatica purpurea (European purple beech) were planted on either side of that garden entrance in 1906. The Japanese Garden is in its glory amongst the impressive collection of Japanese maples, some which are over 100 years old. Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair fern) softly flow through the garden, creating a magical palate for flowing streams and reflecting ponds.

With endless garden pleasures, it is always a good time to come for a visit!

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

  • Abelia
  • Acer (Japanese maple)
  • Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Begonia
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
  • Celosia (Cockscomb)
  • Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum (Glory bower)
  • Colchium (Autumn crocus)
  • Cornuscontroversa ‘Variegata’ (Dogwood)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Dahlia
  • Daphne
  • Eounymus alatus (Burning bush)
  • Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree)
  • Fuchsia
  • Gordlinia x grandiflora (Mountain Gordlinia)
  • Heptacodium (Seven – son flower)
  • Hydrangea
  • Ilex
  • Nyssa (Tupelo)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Pansy
  • Parrotia (Ironwood)
  • Pennisetum setaceum (Purple fountain grass)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Pyracantha
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Sedum (Stonecrop)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Solanum
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Tricyrtis (Toad lily)