The Butchart Chronicles : December 20, 2013

Garden Report For December 20 2013

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Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’
Osmanthus heterophyllus

The deep freeze is over and The Gardens have thawed out just in time for another one of our rare snows! Deep freeze is a slight exaggeration, but we aren’t used to having the temperatures dip below zero Celsius for any length of time. During my stroll in the garden the other morning I noticed the Viburnum bodnantense blooming defiantly and even producing a sweet, mild fragrance. Another fragrant plant that I haven’t yet reported are the multi-coloured evergreen Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ which we have displayed in containers along the main entry point into the garden.          

While the abundance of flowers may not match the summer, there is certainly no shortage of beauty. To truly appreciate the beauty in the garden you need to view it from a totally different perspective. Slow down and take the time to observe the gardens structure and the many unique landscape features that are much more apparent during this time of the year.    

Sunken Garden in Winter

The most colourful plant feature this week continues to be the show greenhouse where you will find a brilliant display of colourful Poinsettias.

 -- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Special Interest (berries)

  • Callicarpa
  • Clerodendron
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymous europaeus
  • Hypericum x inodorum ‘Elstead’   
  • Pyracantha
  • Viburnum davidii
  • Viburnum tinus