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The Butchart Chronicles : September 15, 2017

Flower and Garden Report September 15th - 21st

Flower and Garden Report September 15th – 21st, 2017

By Thea Hegland

The timeless beauty of The Butchart Gardens leaves you spellbound. I know. I caught the feverish excitement about the legendary garden before I ever came to visit.

Both of my beloved grandmothers held it in high regard. It was the place to bring relatives and visitors from out of town to impress – that was certain. Over tea (special tea from Butchart Gardens) there were tales about the beautiful scented Roses, lavish Begonias and the bluest Delphiniums ever seen. The Butchart Gardens calendar was very important. I devoured the pages and longed to visit one day. Finally, my mother brought me and my lifelong bond with The Gardens took hold.

That hold is contagious. The 12 Month pass holders are just as passionate about The Gardens. They come often and bring guests from all over the world to share the experience. It is a very special place we are all proud of. Word travels far and wide and pictures capture the beauty but nothing compares to the feeling you get when you are here.

These days are buzzing with activity. Visitors are coming into The Plant Identification Centre with many complex questions. With so many wonders of the garden to peak interest, it’s a great service to take advantage of. Behind the scenes greenhouse staff are busy taking a variety of cuttings to propagate in our greenhouses for next year’s display. These cuttings include a variety of Geraniums, Heliotrope, and Fuchsia that account for about 10 percent of our total plants for next season.

The Gardens are simply not ready to rest. The Brugmansia (Angels’ trumpet) has burst into full glorious bloom. Dazzling peach trumpet-shaped, night-scented flowers have never looked so good.  Located on the Top Patio in containers, you will be sure to be impressed. The Dahlia Border is bold and blazing with colorful blossoms. The tropical Hibiscus plants are brightly shining in mixed containers while the hardy Hibiscus moscheutos (Common rose mallow) are catching the eye.

I hope you enjoy The Gardens!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree)
  • Angelonia
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)
  • Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’(Japanese spikenard)
  • Aralia elata (Japanese angelica tree)
  • Arum italicum (Lords and ladies)
  • Aster ( Michaelmas daisy)
  • Begonia
  • Brugmansia (Angels’ trumpet’)
  • Cephalaria (Giant scabiosa)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ (Night blooming cactus)
  • Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead)
  • Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum( Glory bower)
  • Clethra (Summersweet)
  • Colchium( Autumn crocus)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Crocosmia
  • Dahlia
  • Fuchsia
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Heptacodium miconioides ( Seven –son flower)
  • Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blue Bird’
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Justicia (Shrimp plant)
  • Lagerstroemeria (Crape myrtle)
  • Leonotis (Lion’s ear)
  • Lespedeza (Bush clover)
  • Lobelia speciosa
  • Manettia (Firecracker vine)
  • Persicaria (Knotweed)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Schizostylis (Kaffir lily)
  • Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda tree)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Tecoma
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Tricyrtis (Toad lily)
  • Verbena
  • Vitex (Chaste tree)
  • Zauschneria ( California fuchsia)
  • Zinnia