The Butchart Chronicles : February 27, 2015

Flower and Garden Report for February 26, 2015

The beautiful spring like weather has allowed the garden to continue to come into bloom earlier than we have ever seen. This week some of the varieties of Pieris, Daphne and Quince (Chaenomeles) came into bloom ahead of schedule while the blossoms of Bergenia and Cornus mas arrived at the usual time.   
Over the years we have planted tens of thousands of crocus bulbs as an understory planting throughout the Rose Garden and they continue to provide us with a dazzling carpet of brilliant colour in this area.  
The Spring Prelude display continues to impress as we pour in fresh colour each week to ensure that it’s always blooming at its peak! The beautiful magnolia flowers continue to impress with their rich colours and the Japanese maples are leafing out, giving the impression that you are well into the spring season.

 It’s a great time to come and visit as you are sure to be inspired by the beauty of the spring season whether you are indoors or outdoors!

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Crocus peaking through the moss bed in Japanese Garden
Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark in the Garden
•    Acacia (flowers   - potted plants)   
•    Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
•    Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
•    Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
•    Bellis
•    Bergenia
•    Betula (birch - bark)
•    Camellia  
•    Chaenomeles   
•    Cornus mas   
•    Corylopsis  
•    Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
•    Crocus
•    Eranthis (Winter Aconite)     
•    Erica  
•    Forsythia   
•    Galanthus
•    Garrya (catkins)
•    Helleborus
•    Iberis   
•    Iris unguicularis
•    Jasminium (winter Jasmine)
•    Nandina (berries)
•    Narcissus   
•    Pansy    
•    Primula      
•    Prunus ‘Accolade’  (flowering cherry)
•    Prunus (flowering plum)
•    Pulmonaria   
•    Puschkinia    
•    Rhododendron   
•    Salix  (catkins)  
•    Scilla     
•    Skimmia     
•    Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
•    Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)
Amaryllis blooming in Spring Prelude
What’s blooming in Spring Prelude
•    Amaryllis
•    Anthurium
•    Begonia - Rieger
•    Bromeliad
•    Camellia
•    Cercis   
•    Crocus
•    Cyclamen
•    Edgeworthia
•    Hamamelis
•    Hyacinth
•    Jasminium
•    Malus   
•    Magnolia    
•    Narcissus
•    Orchid
•    Paulownia   
•    Polyanthus
•    Sarcococca
•    Spathiphyllum
•    Syringa   
•    Tulip
•    Viburnum bodnantense
•    Viburnum tinus

Crocuses in the Rose Garden