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Friday, September 14, 2012

Mediterranean Garden (The Butchart Gardens)



As they say on the Butchart Gardens website, "... we experience somewhat of a Mediterranean climate, with a typically warm/dry summer followed by a wet/cool winter". Well, if the climate is Mediterranean, then there should be a Mediterranean garden here.
And, what a garden it is! This wonderful, lush part of the magnificent Butchart Gardens is not big, but I enjoyed every minute I spent there.




Abutilon (Parlor maple or Flowering maple)





Romneya coulteri


 Cynara (Cardoon)



Dwarf Delphinium grandiflorum 'Blue Mirror' with absolutely beautiful deep electric-blue flowers! Not tall and spiky, it forms low bushy mounds of lacy leaves. Blooms throughout the summer, can self sow. Tolerant of hot & humid summers and does very well in regions with short & cool summers.


Zinnia angustifolia 'Starbright Mix' with single orange, yellow and gold flowers. Drought, heat and humidity tolerant. Very informal, graceful plants!


Craspedia (Billy Balls, Billy Buttons, Woolyheads, Drumstick Flowers). Charming, whimsical and funny!
 Firm yellow globe-shaped flower heads sit on the top of tall slender stems. Striking effect!

Next picture - Gazania 'Tallent Orange'. Tolerates drought, heat and poor soil. Bright daisy-like flowers last from summer to frost. Interesting grey foliage.




Some of the plants blooming in Mediterranean garden in August:
Abutilon (Parlor maple or Flowering maple), Dierama (Angel's fishing rod), Crocosmia,  Ricinus (Castor bean),  Cynara (Cardoon), Canna lily, Musa (japanese banana), Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Solenostemon (Coleus), Verbena (Vervain), Salvia, Sedum, Lavatera (Mallow), Hibiscus, Senecio (Dusty miller), Romneya coulteri.
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You will love visiting this garden! Don't miss it - it's located near the Butchart Gardens' parking lot.
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The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada. Their website is  Here.
My previous post about Butchart Gardens is Here

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS

30 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! My husband and I talked about visiting Butchart this year, but never got around to it. He just started a new job and can't get away, so now it's on the back burner till next year. Thanks for these great pictures showing me what I'm missing!

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    1. Alison, next year is around the corner... The Gardens are worth waiting!

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  2. Wow! It is stunning! I just can't believe the beauty of the garden. I love everything in it. How I wish it is my garden. :)

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  3. I just love Mediterranean countries for their climate (in the summertime) and nature. Awesome pictures!

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  4. What a wonderful walk through a gorgeous garden!

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  5. Tatyana,
    Are you a professional photographer or have you ever had any type of training? Your photos just blow me a way. I would be willing to bed Butchart would be interested in displaying some of them...

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    1. Randy, thank you! I am not and I haven't had. The Gardens are so beautiful, it's difficult not to take good pictures!

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  6. Stunning shots, I love the thistle, those deep colors.

    Can you believe that after living in BC for my entire life, I have never been to visit Buchart Gardens?

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    1. Jen, no, I can't believe it! Pack your suitcase, now!!!

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  7. Very beautiful gardens Tatyana, someday i'd like to visit Canada, from what iv'e seen of it, it looks lovely.

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    1. Karen, thank you! Yes, Canada is beautiful!

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  8. Parts of Australia are in a Mediterranean climate zone - We're SOOOO lucky! I guess that's why some of these plants in this stunning garden look familiar!!

    Have a great weekend!!
    Red Nomad OZ
    Amazing Australian Adventures

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  9. What a glorious garden. Your photography really showcases each bed so beautifully. Wow wow wow!!!

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  10. Who'd a thunk? I always picture huge swaths of petunias abutting a central green lawn when picturing the Butchart Gardens. You've enlightened me. Fabulous! I wonder how many of the plants will need to be protected from winter. Surely those Aeonium in the first photo?

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  11. What a beautiful pictures of that Mediterranean garden. Once when we will visit Canada we have to go there. Thank you very much for sharing your walk with us.

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  12. Stunning gardens to visit with such a wealth of plant-life .... You have captured it beautifully.

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  13. What an amazing place, thanks for taking us along.

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  14. Gorgeous! I have dreamed of visiting Butchart Gardens. I would not have thought it had a Mediterranean climate! Interestingly, just this week I watched a florist give a demonstration on flower arranging. One plant he used was what he called Billy Balls. He said he couldn't remember its real name. Now I know it is Craspedia!

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  15. Oh to have such space and money! Those photos give me zone envy. Just beautiful.

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  16. What an incredible place...I could spend a few days there.

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  17. I was floored when I realized this lush bonanza was in B.C.! your photos are superb....what a place!

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  18. Oh my! This garden is full of some of my favorite plants! I must go see Butchart Gardens. Like Grace, I always pictured large beds of annuals; your pictures have enlightened me. Thank you!

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  19. Phew, that is some garden, brought to life with your stunning pictures. You have me intrigued with the Dwarf Delphinium, I will have to check it out further.

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  20. You have an absolutely beautiful yard and garden...and I'm with you: I love those poppy seed pods. Do they work well in dried arrangements?

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  21. Wow! Love the assorted plants you in the garden.
    I really wish I have a Mediterranean garden look. It so lovely!
    Thanks a lot for the inspiration.

    Rachel @ www.CheapSheds.com.au

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  22. I have this type of garden in Oregon. Now I can add more of the plants that are in the pictures and know how to group them for this fabulous look! Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait for summer to start adding these plants and grouping them in my back yard.

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