The Butchart Chronicles : February 4, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for February 4, 2016

The idiom ‘patience is a virtue’ holds true for gardeners anywhere in the world and it seems to be especially true in our garden during the weeks leading up to spring. Each week we welcome new arrivals as the garden (ever so slowly) wakes up with more blossoms appearing and the new growth of bulbs and perennials pensively revealing themselves.       

This week we welcomed our first Eranthis (Winter Aconite) of the year and they are truly a delight to behold with their brilliant yellow flowers radiating in tiny clusters in some of our perennial borders.         

Moving indoors, our spectacular Spring Prelude display continues to dazzle our visitors and we certainly hope that you have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary garden display.  

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Celtic knot of erica at The Butchart Gardens


Special interest plants and plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Bergenia
  • Camellia sasanqua (flowers)
  • Correa  (Australian fuchsia – in containers at Carousel – beautiful flowers!)    
  • Crocus tomasianus (flowers – just starting!)
  • Daphne (flowers/fragrance)
  • Eranthis (Winter aconite – flowers)
  • Erica (Heather – blooming profusely!)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Hamamelis (flowers/fragrance)
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Iris reticulata (flowers just starting to show)
  • Jasminium (Winter Jasmine – yellow flowers)
  • Mahonia
  • Narcissus (a few early bloomers!)
  • Polyanthus (flowers)
  • Pulmonaria (earliest varieties beginning to bloom)
  • Sarcococca (Sweet Box – flowers/fragrance)
  • Scilla (first flowers noticed this past week)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers) 
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

Correa blooming at The Butchart Gardens


What’s blooming in the 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 (Flowering Plum and Cherry trees)
  • Rechsteineria
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Spirea
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum tinus

Pathways in the Spring Prelude at The Butchart Gardens