GPOD on the Road: Spring in Butchart



Cheri Ong is taking us along to see the spring. Butchart Gardens This garden in British Columbia is famous for its towering displays of spring bulbs and annuals, which fill the entire space with a giant burst of color. One of the most popular parts of the garden is the sunken garden, and often we see pictures taken from above ground looking down on the plants. But today Cherry is taking us into the garden and looking up and around at the beauty that is there.

Large plants of pale yellow daffodils and pale pink tulips on blue forget-me-notsCombined bushes of tulips (Tulipa hybrids, zones 3-8) and late daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, zones 3-8) bloom together. The front tulips are underplanted with forget-me-nots (Myosotes SylvaticaZones 3–8) to add a layer of blue around large tulip flowers.

Large plantings of bright red-yellow and pink flowersHere the colors are warm, with beds of English daisies in the foreground (Belles perennis, zones 4–8) in pink and red. They add a layer of color even when the bulbs in the bed are not in flower.

A large plantation of bright yellow tulipsYellow tulips are like sunshine on earth.

Close-up of bright yellow daffodils and red tulipsDaffodils and tulips enhance the show planted together, and provide an extra dimension to the color.

Another view of daffodils, tulips, and from-me-nutsAfter they bloom, all those beds will be torn up and replaced with annuals for the summer display.

Large garden bed on a slipway with pink flowers and various plants just in bloom.The scenery around the sunken garden is both dramatic and beautiful.

Close up of bare Japanese maple with curved trunk and limbsAs beautiful as the bulbs are, this incredible old Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, zones 5-9) is breathtaking. Now, before the leaves drop, you can see the incredibly complex shape of the stem.

Large garden pond surrounded by flowering treesThe pond is surrounded by beautiful flowering trees blushing shades of pink.

Another view of the pond with flowering trees and daffodilsAnd, of course, even more daffodils are blooming everywhere!

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