The Butchart Chronicles : January 19, 2017

Flower and Garden Report January 19th to 25th

Flower and Garden Report: January 19 - 25, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

The gardens are slowly beginning to wake up after an extended period of unseasonably cold weather. Interestingly enough, the daffodils that were blooming for us in November have survived the cold and continue to bloom as though they haven’t skipped a beat and simply were frozen in time for a short spell. These are probably the longest blooming daffodils that we have ever witnessed! Other early bloomers in the garden include the first of the Snowdrops (Galanthus), Hellebores and some of the Witch Hazels (Hamamelis).        

Indoors the story is completely different as the Spring Prelude display is bursting with colour and intoxicating fragrance. This garden masterpiece is certain to inspire as our gardeners have once again outdone themselves in the creation of this unique indoor paradise.

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)

Inside in the garden

What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

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