What’s in Bloom: Baby It’s Cold Outside!

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But where’s the snow?!  In the Show Garden, the candles of Pinus parviflora ‘Hagaromo’ (Japanese white pine) have a light dusting of snow at their base.

On Wednesday, the blooms of this Helleborus niger (Hellebore, Christmas rose) in the Demonstration Garden, were looking pretty good!  Since the weekend they are somewhat worse-for-wear.  Flowers will bloom in the snow and can tolerate sub-zero temperatures, due to their cellular composition.

The red berries of Cotoneaster nanshan ‘Boer’ (Creeping cotoneaster) add a shot of colour to the Terrace Garden West Bank.  The berries will persist well into winter.

The ‘living sculpture’ within the metal cages, is a key feature of the Arrival Courtyard.  The Fagus sylvatica (European beech) hold their leaves through winter, while the round, tight flower buds of the Cornas mas (Cornelian cherry) can just be seen through the mix of branches.

Winter is a great time to test your identification skills.  Many perennials hold their seeds and/or spent flowers through winter until cold, wind, snow or rain force them off.  Here, Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed) displays its 4″ seed pods which have split.


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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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