What’s Beginning to Flower?

By | What's In Bloom | March 8, 2013 | One comment

The meltdown has begun and right on flower is Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ (Witch hazel) to greet you in the Arrival Courtyard.

Can’t get enough of those (sugar crisps) Hamamelis – so while we wait for ‘Diane’ and ‘Arnold’s Promise’ in the West View Terrace & Garden Hall Courtyard, here is more of ‘Primavera’.

From the Floral Hall Courtyard you can clearly see Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Lady’ (Lenten rose) in the Entry Garden up against the wall.  I can’t help myself but to follow their progress closely from first poking through the soil and snow, now to swelling flower buds … stay tuned!    Look for some great new hellebore introductions at Toronto Botanical Garden’s booth at Canada Blooms, March 15-24, 2013.

I couldn’t help but notice the ‘feet’ of Fagus sylvatica ‘Cuprea’ (Copper beech) standing in water as the snow melts in the Knot Garden.  They make for terrific hedging and provide for year-round interest.  And as a matter of fact, it’s not at all unusual to find trees recycled as props in the Shop TBG – go in and have a look, as well as for all the summer-flowering bulbs now available.

As I walk around I am constantly reminded of all the pruning I can be doing now.  I’ll  be cutting back clematis and pruning shrubs including the stand-at-attention vertical suckers of Abelia mosanensis (fragrant abelia) seen here.


It may not be the best photograph – but you get the picture.  Narcissus coming up through snow in the Floral Hall Courtyard.  We spring ahead this weekend, and although I’m the first to defend snowfall, it will be welcomed to have this meltdown continue!

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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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