What’s In Bloom: No, Really!

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My search for late-winter, early-spring flowering plants has begun!  Helleborus niger ‘Maximus’ (Christmas rose) in the Westview Terrace has fully opened buds. Even I can’t resist saying ‘finally!’

Helleborus x hybridus 'Blue Lady'

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Lady’ (Lenten Rose) in the Entry Garden also has fully opened blooms. This hellebore is usually one of, if not the first, to bloom. In previous years, ‘Blue Lady’ has flowered in February and March with a very long period of bloom.

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primavera'

Although Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ and H. x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ have either not set bud or already bloomed (Yes! ‘Arnold Promise’ did bloom in late fall.), Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ (witch hazel) in the Arrival Courtyard will not disappoint visitors!

Under the leaves

In my search for early-spring flowers, I looked under leaves…

Galanthus spotting Demonstration Courtyard

…and spotted Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) in the Demonstration Courtyard.  We left all the leaves on the garden beds through the winter as a mulch.

Bergenia ciliata 'Dumbo'

Also lying under last year’s leaf mulch is Bergenia ciliata ‘Dumbo’ (fringed bergenia, elephant ears) in the Perennial Border, North.

Erica carnea 'Springwood White'

Many of the spring heath, or heathers, on the banks of the Garden Hall Courtyard are budding, with a few opening over the last few days. Here, Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’ is covered in racemes of white flowers.




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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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