The Butchart Chronicles : January 15, 2015

Flower and Garden Report January 15, 2015

This week we celebrate the much anticipated arrival and opening of our Spring Prelude display. Each year we make subtle changes and improvements and this year you will experience a bit more of an exotic flair as we have added more orchids in select areas. We are extremely proud of our skilled staff who put together this elaborate indoor garden display in a single week. I think I say this every year and I’ll say it again – you will find it very difficult to imagine that a garden this beautiful could be created in such a short period of time. On a fun note, when you visit, take a look at the single small door in the back of this facility and then consider the fact that every plant and prop had to make its way in through that door.

Outdoors, our interesting and somewhat unusual start to the year continues with some flowers showing up on the Algerian winter iris (Iris unguicularis) - 2 weeks ago! This is the first time we have seen these plants in bloom this early in the year and our first Camellia (japonica type) was also blooming last week. All this (and so much more) is taking place now, in the first couple weeks of winter! We are blessed to live and garden in this beautiful corner of the world.   

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Witch Hazel blooming in winter.

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

  • 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
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Iris unguicularis
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Pyracantha  (berries)
  • Sequoia sempervirens ‘pendula’ (Weeping Sequoia – unique form)
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)  
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers) 
  • Viburnum davidii (berries) 
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers) 

Winter Jasmine