The Butchart Chronicles : February 25, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for February 25, 2016

One of the most pleasing scents in the garden at this time of year is that of freshly cut grass. The lawns are being cut for the first time this year and the shagginess of the past winters growth has been clipped back to provide a lush, green, manicured base for the colourful spring borders.   

The dragon has taken flight for a couple of days as we make further preparations for its new home – it will be returning to its temporary perch for the weekend. Speaking of this weekend….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 that happens to stop by to experience the beauty of our garden. 

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Cutting the lawn in February at The Butchart Gardens


Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abeliophyllum (White forsythia)
  • Anemone blanda
  • Bellis (English Daisy)
  • Bergenia
  • Camellia
  • Chaenomeles
  • Correa (Australian fuchsia – in containers at Carousel)    
  • Crocus
  • Daphne
  • Eranthis (Winter aconite)
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Galanthus
  • Hamamelis
  • Helleborus   
  • Iris reticulata
  • Mahonia
  • Myosotis (Forget-me-not)
  • Narcissus (early varieties)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Prunus (Ornamental cherry/plum – first varieties in bloom!)
  • Pulmonaria
  • Puschkinia
  • Sacococca (Sweet Box)
  • Scilla
  • Viburnum tinus   

Crocus profusion at The Butchart Gardens

What’s blooming in the Spring Prelude

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

Inside the Spring Prelude in late February at The Butchart Gardens