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The Butchart Chronicles : February 12, 2015

Flower and Garden Report February 12, 2015

The first Rhododendrons have come into bloom over the past week as the brilliant colours of early spring continue become much more apparent in the garden. We have just passed the halfway point of the winter season, but it certainly feels like spring is in the air. In my 27 years at The Gardens I have never seen such quantity and diversity of spring blossoms appearing so early in the year.

The horticultural highlight at the Gardens continues to be our very colourful and fragrant Spring Prelude display, although the gardens outdoors are beginning to give it a run for its money! Outdoors the camellias continue to open up and indoors it’s the beautiful magnolia blossoms that are bursting open in a flood of colour. So whether you are indoors or outdoors, you are sure to be inspired by the beauty of the spring season.      

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Crocus carpet in the Rose Garden

Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark in the Garden

  • Acacia (flowers - potted plants at turnstiles) new
  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Arbutus unedo (flowers)
  • Bellis
  • Betula (birch - bark)
  • Camellia (flowers)
  • Cornus (shrub dogwoods, brilliant bark colours)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – bark) 
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Crocus (flowers)  
  • Eranthis (Winter Aconite)    
  • Erica  (flowers)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Hamamelis (flowers/fragrance)
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Iris unguicularis (flowers)
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Pansy (flowers)
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Primula   (flowers)  new
  • Prunus ‘Accolade’ (flowering cherry)
  • Rhododendron   (flowers)
  • Sarcococca (wonderfully fragrant!)
  • Scilla  new
  • Skimmia  (flowers) 
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)   
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers) 
  • Viburnum davidii (berries)
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

Primula blooming in late winter at The Butchart Gardens.
What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Amaryllis
  • Anthurium
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Camellia
  • Cercis   new
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris (reticulata)
  • Jasminium
  • Magnolia   
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid
  • Polyanthus
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus

Spring Prelude indoor garden in mid-February