The Butchart Chronicles : October 23, 2014

Garden Report for October 23, 2014

The rainy season has begun – thankfully the rain has mostly fallen during the evening hours so our gardeners have been able to stay relatively dry during the day as they plant the hundreds of thousands of biennials and bulbs for the spring display. I have to admit that this is not a stellar year for fall leaf colour as the weather continues to be mild and somewhat cloudy – not ideal for drawing the optimum amount of colour from the fading foliage, however there is still plenty of brilliant fall foliage to enjoy. The Japanese maples don’t seem to be much affected by the weather conditions when it’s time to show off in the fall and many other plants are doing their best to live up to their fall colour expectations. Thousands of colourful chrysanthemums continue to brighten up many display borders and of course the magnificent dahlia border is still a highlight with an abundance of flowers blooming in an amazing array of colours, shapes and sizes. Newly planted in the garden this week is a female Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) which pairs nicely with the male Monkey Puzzle, together enjoying the view over the colourful Dahlia Walk and Concert Lawn.   

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Female Monkey Puzzle Tree (left)

Special Interest/Flowering

  • Camellia sasanqua    new  (outside of the Blue Poppy restaurant)
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clerodendron  
  • Cyclamen
  • Dahlia  Still outstanding!
  • Fuchsia 
  • Ricinus       

Yellow dahlias
Foliage Colour:

  • Acer (maple)
  • Cladrastis - new
  • Euonymus
  • Liquidambar
  • Quercus (oak)
  • Fothergilla
  • Hamamelis (witch hazel)
  • Nyssa - new
  • Parrotia    
  • Styrax

Autumn in the Sunken Garden