The Butchart Chronicles : February 10, 2017

Flower and Garden Report February 9th to 15th

Flower and Garden Report: February 9 – February 15, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

We have received over 30 cm of snow during the past few days, but as I’m writing this, rain is falling and the snow is melting quickly. Our snow is typically wet and heavy and with the additional rain the load can be too much for many plants to bear. Through the course of these adverse conditions we have lost a couple of trees (nothing that is irreplaceable) and many plants have been damaged throughout the gardens.

With that being said, I would challenge any visitor to find any kind of damage remaining in the garden within the next week or so as our highly skilled gardeners work their magic through pruning and replanting any plants that have been impacted. We actually like to look at situations like this as opportunities where we can make improvements and perhaps even replant with plants that add more beauty to the garden than their predecessors provided.

The weather indoors has been much more conducive to gardening and the Spring Prelude display is in fine form with its dazzling array of colourful and fragrant plants. The contrast from the wintry outdoor garden to the warm and spring-like indoor garden is striking – perhaps even shocking! This garden will inspire you in many ways and we welcome you to come in and satisfy your cravings for spring as we patiently wait for the blanket of snow to disappear.

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
  • Fuchsia
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris (reticulata)
  • Jasminium polyanthum (White or Pink Jasmine)
  • Kerria
  • Magnolia
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum)
  • Polyanthus
  • Prunus (Plum)
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus