The Butchart Chronicles : September 1, 2017

Flower and Garden Report September 1st - 7th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report September 1st  – 7th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

Gardens are known for their secrets and The Butchart Gardens is no exception. Words and pictures cannot describe the immeasurable beauty of The Gardens. Visitors travel from all over the world just to visit the renowned floral display. This is a fact we can never take for granted and always work towards providing each and every visitor a memorable visit.

With so many flower beds filled with Heliotrope (Cherry pie plant), Begonias, Geraniums and Rudbeckia around every corner, it would appear that the gardeners have done their job for the season. The truth is, gardens of this magnitude need constant maintenance - endless deadheading, weeding and pruning are only part of what has been going on inside The Gardens.

Behind the scenes the greenhouse staff has been busy sowing seeds, pricking out, and potting up in preparation for the fall planting of our spring display. Our signature Myosotis (Forget-me–not), Bellis (English daisy), and Erysimum (Wallflower) are all grown from seed during the summer months and will be ready to plant in The Gardens later this fall when our bulbs arrive from Holland. Poinsettias are also being grown in our greenhouses for the Christmas indoor displays. The garden designers have been out and about bed planning for next summer. This is an ideal time to reflect on the flower combinations and make careful decisions for the summer display for 2018.

One garden which visitors can only catch a glimpse of is the Cut Garden. Located on the left side as you exit The Gardens in your vehicle, you will notice an area with rows of colorful flowers. This is where the floral design duo head out early in the morning to pick several buckets of fresh flowers to create the beautiful floral arrangements at The Gardens. With an abundance of flowers to choose from (this week’s pick include Delphiniums, Zinnia, Helianthus, Rudbeckia, Antirrhinum and Roses) it is like being a kid in a candy store! These arrangements are displayed in the Dining Room Restaurant in the historic Butchart residence, reminiscent of the days when Jennie Butchart herself filled the residence with gorgeous bouquets from her garden.

This week visitors are treated to a spectacular floral display. The Dahlia border is laden with glorious blossoms. With nearly 700 plants and over 100 different varieties in 11 different forms and colors, it’s hard to believe the best of the Dahlia season is yet to come!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree)
  • Angelonia
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)
  • Aster ( Michaelmas daisy)
  • Begonia
  • Buddleja (Butterfly bush)
  • Cephalaria (Giant scabiosa)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ (Night blooming cactus)
  • Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead)
  • Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum ugandense ( Blue glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum( Glory bower)
  • Clethra (Summersweet)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Crocosmia
  • Dahlia
  • Duranta  ‘Sapphire Showers’
  • Echinacea (Coneflower)
  • Fuchsia
  • Gladiolus callianthus
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Heptacodium miconioides ( Seven –son flower)
  • Hibiscus  syriacus ‘Blue Bird’
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Lagerstroemeria (Crape myrtle)
  • Leonotis (Lion’s ear)
  • Lespedeza (Bush clover)
  • Lilium (Lily)
  • Lobelia speciosa
  • Manettia (Firecracker vine)
  • Persicaria (Knotweed)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Tecoma
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Verbena
  • Vitex
  • Zauschneria ( California fuchsia)
  • Zinnia