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The Butchart Chronicles : February 2, 2018

Flower and Garden Report February 3rd - 15th

Flower and Garden Report February 2nd–15th,  2018

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

It’s the middle of winter in the garden and everything is as it should be. At least for now. It seems to be a classic West Coast mild winter, without the dramatic weather we have experienced in recent past winters, that throw the plant life into a tailspin.

There are lots of winter flowering shrubs and flowers to provide the visitor with garden envy and perhaps inspire a visit to a local nursery. Our ‘Winter garden’ in the Sequoia grove is just beginning its seasonal show. Highlights include Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia) and the ever-fragrant Daphne odora (Winter daphne) which are loaded with flower buds ready to burst. An extensive selection of Helleborus (Hellebore) can be found in this area. Ranging from single flowering Hellebore to gorgeous double flowering varieties in shades of white, pale pink, chartreuse green and dark purple.

Indoors, it is the amazing Amaryllis that steals the show, with a bounty of a large trumpet-shaped flowers in a stunning array of colours. These beauties can be found inside the Spring Prelude garden, the photo window, and the Butchart Residence. In the Spring Prelude things have really burst into bloom; from Hyacinth, Narcissus, Tulips to Magnolias. My favorite is the most beautiful flowering plum, Prunus x blireana with gorgeous, double pink blooms.

From February 7th -11th, The Butchart Gardens will have a display at The Northwest Flower and Garden Show at The Seattle Convention Centre. If you're in the area, come by and see our exhibit to get a glimpse of what we have to offer at The Gardens.

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

  • Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
  • Camellia
  • Correa (Australian fuchsia)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Erianthus (Winter aconite)
  • Erica (Heather
  • Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
  • Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
  • Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)
  • Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
  • Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
  • Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
  • Narcissus (Daffodil)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Orchid
  • Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
  • Pansy
  • Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Pyracantha
  • Sarcococca (Christmas box)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Tulipa
  • Viburnum x bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Viola

 Indoor plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

  • Amaryllis
  • Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
  • Azalea
  • Bromeliad
  • Camellia
  • Convallaria (Lily-of-the-valley)
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
  • Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
  • Erica (Heather
  • Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)
  • Iris reticulata
  • Kalanchoe
  • Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzleberri’
  • Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer magnolia)
  • Medinilla magnifica
  • Narcissus (Daffodil)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Orchid
  • Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
  • Pansy
  • Pieris (Lily-of-the valley shrub)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Prunus (Flowering plum)
  • Sarcococca (Christmas box)
  • Sciadopitys verticillate (Japanese umbrella pine)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Stromanthe
  • Tulipa
  • Viburnum x bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Viola