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The Butchart Chronicles : April 7, 2017

Flower and Garden Report April 6 - April 12

Flower and Garden Report April 6th - April 12th, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

If there is one thing that we have learned from the garden this year, it has to be patience. Patience is basically waiting without complaining and you would think that this would be relatively easy to achieve in such a beautiful setting. The only decent excuse that we have for our impatience is that we are all simply yearning for more – more beauty, more colour and more fragrance - especially after what seemed to be such a long, dreary winter.   

On a more cheerful and exciting note - this past week we have seen the arrival of the first full beds of early flowering Tulips and the Hyacinths are also coming out in full force providing their wonderfully intoxicating fragrance. Another highlight, and one of the most exciting signs of spring for many of our visitors is the arrival of Cherry blossoms, but for me it’s the first blooms on our magnificent Magnolia trees that I truly cherish.

Spring is here and every day of every week the garden will reveal something new! This is truly the one of the most dynamic and invigorating times of year to come and experience what the garden has to offer. 

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abeliophylum – (White Forsythia)
  • Anemone blanda (Windflower)
  • Bellis
  • Bergenia
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)
  • Daphne
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Euphorbia
  • Forsythia
  • Galanthus (Snowdrop)
  • Hamamelis
  • Helleborus   
  • Hyacinth
  • Leucojum
  • Lysichiton (Skunk cabbage)
  • Magnolia
  • Myosotis
  • Pansy (hanging baskets are out!)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Pulmonaria
  • Pulsatilla
  • Puschkinia
  • Ranunculus fricaria
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Scilla     
  • Stachyurus
  • Tulips (earliest varieties)