The Butchart Chronicles : February 5, 2015

Flower and Garden Report February 5, 2015

The peaceful and uncluttered winter landscape continues to provide us with the opportunity to truly appreciate the many unique features that may go unnoticed during the rest of the year

Saying that, even though we have just passed the halfway point of the winter season it certainly feels like spring is in the air. The first cherry blossoms appeared this week as well as many brilliant blue Scilla (common name ‘Squill’) which popped up along the Concert lawn walk. With the warmer days the fragrance of some of the early bloomers is even more evident and is very pleasing. The wonderful fragrance usually catches you by surprise as the fragrance is often more evident than the flowers that produce it!    

The highlight for this week continues to be our very colourful and fragrant Spring Prelude display. This cleverly crafted indoor garden display gives you a real sense of what you can expect to see in the gardens outdoors as we steadily move through winter.   

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Moss in the Japanese Garden

Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark in the Garden

  • Acacia (flowers   - potted plants at turnstiles)   new
  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Arbutus unedo (flowers)
  • Betula (birch - bark)
  • Cornus (shrub dogwoods, brilliant bark colours)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – bark) 
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Cotoneaster (berries)
  • Crocus (flowers)  
  • Eranthis (Winter Aconite)    
  • Erica  (flowers)
  • Euonymous europaeus (berries)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Hamamelis (flowers/fragrance)
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Iris unguicularis (flowers)
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Pansy (flowers)
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Prunus ‘Accolade’  (flowering cherry)
  • Pyracantha (berries)
  • Sarcococca (wonderfully fragrant!)
  • Scilla  new
  • Sequoia sempervirens ‘pendula’ (Weeping Sequoia – unique form)
  • Skimmia   (flowers) 
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)   
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers) 
  • Viburnum davidii (berries) 
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris (reticulata)
  • Jasminium
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid
  • Polyanthus
  • Prunus   (flowering Plum)  new
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus

Off Season Flower Guide


Late winter iris.