What’s in Bloom: All the Usual Suspects

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It’s the end of March, and right on queue the earliest of the early spring-bloomers have arrived!  In the West View Terrace Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ (Dutch crocus, giant crocus) is accompanied by honey bees.  This corner of the terrace is one of the warmest locations in the garden.

As ever, I am keeping tabs on all the hellebores in the garden.  Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue lady’ (Lenten Rose) is almost fully in flower and just in time for Easter in the Entry Garden.  I’ll be out this week removing all of last year’s foliage to make way for the blooms and fresh foliage.

The blooms of Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ (Witch hazel) in the West View Terrace, have opened in the last few weeks.  The ribbon-like flowers are a coppery-red, and are mildly fragrant.

A few Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop) have been in flower since January, but as of today there is a lovely drift in the Demonstration Courtyard.

Crocus are popping up everywhere – including where they were never planted, at least not by a gardener.  Perhaps the squirrels have made some adjustments.  Above, you will find these beautiful yellow crocus, and also white crocus, in flower in the warmth of the Floral Hall Courtyard corner bed.



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Sandra Pella about the author: Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.

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