The Butchart Chronicles : February 3, 2017

Flower and Garden Report February 2nd - February 8th

Flower and Garden Report:  February 2 – February 8, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

The weather has been gloriously sunny for the past few days and along with the bright sunshine comes crisp, frosty mornings and cooler than average daytime temperatures. The gardens take this weather all in stride, but it does chill the desire for some of the plants to show off their early spring blossoms. There is still plenty to see, but as I’ve said before, you have to look for the blossoms at this time of year as they don’t necessarily come looking for you.             

Even though we are famous for our flowers, this is the time of year that we need to look a little deeper and take the time to appreciate the structure of the garden which reveals the depths of the genius of Jennie Butchart.  The landscape in winter is unique in its beauty and simplicity and this is a time to truly appreciate many features that would typically go unnoticed during the rest of the year. 

In sharp contrast to this is our indoor Spring Prelude display where you will find an inspiring collection of colourful and fragrant plants. This garden will fill the need for any early season cravings for colour and fragrance as an abundance of floral beauty envelops you as soon as you enter. Even though this is a temporary installation, our gardeners have gone to great lengths to produce a garden masterpiece with more depth than first meets the eye.            

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)
  • Callicarpa (berries)
  • Cornus (shrub dogwoods, brilliant bark colours)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – bark)  
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
    • Cotoneaster (berries)
    • Euonymous europaeus (berries)
    • Galanthus (flowers)
    • Garrya (catkins)
    • Hamamelis (flowers/fragrance)
    • Helleborus (flowers) 
    • Jasminium (Winter Jasmine – yellow flowers)
    • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
    • Nandina (berries)
    • Pyracantha  (berries)
    • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)   
    • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
    • Viburnum davidii (berries) 
    • Viburnum tinus (berries)  


What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

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