The Butchart Chronicles : February 17, 2017

Flower and Garden Report February 16th to 22nd

Flower and Garden Report February 16 – February 22, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

We are done with snow, but unfortunately the snow is not quite done with us! There are still patches and piles of snow lingering from last week’s major snowstorm – especially in the shadier areas.  

This week, as the snow began to melt, we noticed that the stubborn patches of Narcissus that decided to start blooming in November just carried on like nothing happened at all. We also noticed a few patches of brilliant blue Scilla which hadn’t been in bloom before the snow started falling. The plants you see blooming in the garden at this time of year are tenacious and they naturally have the desire to persist in even the least desirable weather conditions.

There’s not much more that I can say about our indoor Spring Prelude garden display that hasn’t already been said, but I will add that the colour and fragrance has been particularly cherished over the past week as the outdoor garden was covered under a blanket of snow.    

In the coming week will be in Seattle with a small and colourful display to promote our garden at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. If you happen to be in Seattle between the 22nd and the  26th  of February, please come and stop by for a visit with us at our booth.     

Outside in the Garden:

Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark

  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Arbutus unedo (flowers)
  • Betula (birch - bark)
  • Cornus (shrub dogwoods, brilliant bark colours)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – bark)  
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form) 
  • Cotoneaster (berries)
  • Erica (flowers)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Hamamelis (flowers/fragrance)
  • Helleborus (flowers)  
  • Jasminium (Winter Jasmine – yellow flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Pyracantha  (berries)
  • Scilla (flowers)
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)  
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers)
  • Viburnum tinus (flowers/berries)  


What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Azalea
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Cercis
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)
  • Corylopsis
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Forsythia
  • Fuchsia
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris (reticulata)
  • Jasminium polyanthum (White or Pink Jasmine)
  • Kerria
  • Magnolia
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum)
  • Polyanthus
  • Prunus (Plum)
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus