The Butchart Chronicles : April 13, 2017

Flower and Garden Report April 13th - April 19th

Flower and Garden Report April 13 - April 19, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

It’s fitting that this is the week that the gardens have truly sprung to life! There has been such a visible shift as waves of colour are now flowing throughout the gardens. After a bit of a delay, tens of thousands of early blooming Narcissus (Daffodils) have arrived on the scene, but having arrived late, many of them are being overshadowed by their companion plantings – there must be a message in there somewhere! However, stealing the show this week are the colourful and intoxicatingly fragrant Hyacinths, which make their presence known almost everywhere you turn.

With the cool weather and the subsequent delayed arrival of the display, we are seeing a fascinating overlap of flowering bulbs which will never be duplicated. I love this time of year because there is an almost tangible energy that invigorates you as you walk through and experience the miraculous beauty of the season.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abeliophylum – (White Forsythia)
  • Anemone blanda (Windflower)
  • Bellis
  • Bergenia
  • Brunnera
  • Daphne
  • Edgeworthia
  • Epimedium
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Erythronium
  • Euphorbia
  • Forsythia
  • Fritillaria
  • Helleborus   
  • Hyacinth
  • Iberis
  • Kerria
  • Leucojum
  • Lysichiton (Skunk cabbage)
  • Magnolia
  • Myosotis
  • Narcissus
  • Osmanthus
  • Pansy
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Pulmonaria
  • Pulsatilla
  • Puschkinia
  • Ranunculus ficaria
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Scilla     
  • Stachyurus
  • Trillium
  • Tulips (earliest varieties)