The Butchart Chronicles : February 18, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for February 18, 2016

Spring is definitely in the air and early signs of spring are showing up throughout the garden. If I had to give this week a name, it would have to be ‘the week of the crocus’! This week the crocuses have sprung up by the tens of thousands and our entire Rose garden is covered in a colourful carpet of these delightful flowers. 

We did finally make it to Seattle for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and we have set up a compact, colourful display. Some of our amazing staff will also be available every day of the show for you to come and chat with – so please stop by and visit with us at booth #1313. The show runs through this weekend and closes on Sunday the 21st at 6:00pm.

The cherry blossoms continue to gradually open, eventually appearing like clouds of colour in the landscape. This is still very early in the cherry blossom season, but to me, it’s always the earliest bloomers that create the most excitement.        

This really is a great time to visit – especially for our 12 month pass holders as each week we experience the gradual procession and progression of spring blossoms in the garden. The outdoor garden is gaining some ground on our indoor Spring Prelude display, but the Spring Prelude continues to dazzle with an abundance of colour, wonderful garden features and many tropical plant delights.

- Rick Los

Apple trees on the Concert Lawn at The Butchart Gardens in February 2016

Special interest plants and plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abeliophyllum (White forsythia)
  • Anemone blanda
  • Bergenia
  • Camellia sasanqua (flowers)
  • Correa (Australian fuchsia – in containers at Carousel – beautiful flowers!)    
  • Crocus
  • Daphne (flowers/fragrance)
  • Eranthis (Winter aconite – flowers)
  • Erica (Heather – still blooming profusely!)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (amazing catkins)
  • Hamamelis (flowers/fragrance)
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Iris reticulata
  • Jasminium (Winter Jasmine – yellow flowers)
  • Mahonia
  • Narcissus (early bloomers!)
  • Polyanthus (flowers)
  • Prunus (flowering cherry – first varieties in bloom!)
  • Pulmonaria
  • Sacococca (Sweet Box – flowers/fragrance)
  • Salix caprea ‘pendula’ (catkins!)
  • Scilla
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

Crocuses popping up everywhere at The Butchart Gardens in February 2016


What’s blooming in the Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Azalea
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Camellia
  • Cercis
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry)
  • Corylopsis
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Forsythia
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris (reticulata)
  • Jasminium polyanthum (White or Pink Jasmine)
  • Loropetalum (Chinese fringe plant)
  • Magnolia
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus
  • Prunus (Flowering Plum and Cherry trees)
  • Rechsteineria
  • Ribes
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Spirea
  • Tulip
  • Velthemia
  • Viburnum tinus

Inside the Spring Prelude at The Butchart Gardens in February 2016