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The Butchart Chronicles : May 23, 2014

Flower Report for May 23 2014

The spring bulb display ended dramatically last week and the summer planting season is now upon us. All of the seasonal display borders are undergoing complete overhauls from spring to summer plantings. In spite of the transition, colour continues to be produced from an amazing variety of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials. The Japanese garden steals the show at this time of the year with its incredible collection of colourful and fragrant azaleas as well as having some incredible plantings of Blue Poppies which are now at their peak.  

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Meconopsis flowering in the Japanese Garden

Special Interest/Flowering

  • Allium new
  • Aquilegia  Columbine - new 
  • Azalea - peak!
  • Cinerarea    
  • Crataegus  (Hawthorne or May tree) - new
  • Davidia  (Dove or Handkerchief tree)  
  • Deutzia - new
  • Eremurus   Foxtail Lily - new
  • Erica (Heather) 
  • Halesia  
  • Hellebore  
  • Hemerocallis  Daylily - new
  • Iris - new
  • Kerria   
  • Laburnum  (Golden Chain tree)  Wow!
    Laburnum (Golden Chain Tree)
  • Lupin - new
  • Magnolia
  • Meconopsis  (Blue Poppy)  
  • Myosotis  (Forget-me-not)     
  • Pansy   
  • Paeonia  (Peony)
  • Papaver  Poppy - new
  • Rhododendron
  • Spiraea
  • Stocks (annual)  fragrant
  • Syringa     
  • Wisteria    

Iris fllowering at The Butchart Gardens, May 20, 2014.

Myosotis, Forget-Me-Not