The Butchart Chronicles : February 24, 2017

Flower and Garden Report for February 24 - March 2nd

Flower and Garden Report February 24th – March 2nd, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

early rhododendrons have started showing colour

In spite of the cooler than average temperatures the garden continues to (slowly) push out colour and this week the first crocuses began to appear; albeit a little reluctantly. The first of the early rhododendrons have started showing colour, but they also don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to come into full bloom – this is in complete contrast to last year when they were in bloom a full month earlier! This is a humbling business as we are continually reminded that despite our best efforts, we are completely subject to the whims of nature. 

The damage the garden sustained from the major snowfall couple of weeks ago has been completely cleaned up and once again I have to take my hat off to our amazing team of gardeners who work so hard to keep this garden in pristine shape. I would challenge anyone to try and find anything that looks even remotely out of place in the garden – I am humbled (a humbling week for me!) by our gardeners persistence and dedication to their work – they truly take a great deal of pride in this special place.   

Speaking of special places……we are heading into the last month of our fabulous indoor Spring Prelude garden display, so please come and check it out if you haven’t already done so – I guarantee that you will be impressed and inspired.   

One final note - this weekend we will be welcoming thousands of our local residents as they become ‘Tourists in their own Home Town’. We look forward to sharing the beauty of our early spring season with all of them as well as with every other visitor who happens to stop by.  

Outside in the Garden:

In Bloom (or reluctantly coming into bloom):

  • Abeliophylum – (White Forsythia)
  • Arbutus unedo
  • Bergenia
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)
  • Eranthis (Winter aconite)
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Galanthus (Snowdrop)
  • Hamamelis
  • Helleborus   
  • Iris reticulata
  • Jasminium (Winter Jasmine)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
  • Pansy (hanging baskets are out!)
  • Polyanthus
  • Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
  • Sarcococca (Sweet Box)
  • Scilla     
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus   

 Early blooming snowdrops


What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Azalea
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Cercis
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)
  • Convallaria (Lily-of-the-Valley)
  • Corokia
  • Corylopsis
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Forsythia
  • Fuchsia
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris (reticulata)
  • Jasminium polyanthum (White or Pink Jasmine)
  • Loropetalum (Chinese Fringe plant)
  • Malus
  • Kerria
  • Magnolia
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus
  • Prunus (Plum)
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Sarcococca 
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Syringa (Lilac)
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus

Spring Prelude 2017