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The Butchart Chronicles : January 19, 2018

Flower and Garden Report January 15th – 26th, 2018

Garden Report for the period of January 15th- 26th 2018

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

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Spring has arrived to The Gardens; well, at least indoors. The eagerly anticipated and much loved annual Spring Prelude indoor garden display has opened for the season this week and once again, it has the ability to lift the spirits and inspire. The phenomenal display features an eclectic collection of unique garden art and water features, rotating flower beds, flowering trees and shrubs.

As you enter the garden you will stroll through a sultry jungle filled with a wide variety of tropical plants with colours and textures that evoke a sense of mystic.  Bold and beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchids, Bromeliads, Anthurium and Kalanchoe stand out amongst the lush foliage.

Around the next corner flower beds filled with Tulips, Daffodils and Polyanthus brighten up a winter day amongst the classic West Coast flora. Featuring a spectacular pond
surrounded by Rhododendrons, a variety of evergreen shrubs and Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzelberri’. A walk on the bridge over the pond provides a perfect platform for viewing the Koi fish that swim happily in the indoor oasis.

Perhaps the reason that you come visit the Butchart Gardens in the not so dull days of winter is The Spring Prelude, you will also find yourself pleasantly surprised with what you encounter in The Gardens themselves. Many shrubs offer early winter blooms. Delicate aromatic flowers can be found on Viburnum bodnatense and Hamamelis (Witch hazel). Fuzzy, soft silvery flower buds on the Magnolia trees promise to reveal magnificent blooms come spring. The first Narcissus (Daffodils) have emerged while early blooming Camellia flowers shine amongst the textured and varied evergreen trees and shrubs.

With new and exciting things happening each week in The Gardens you can always count on being easily amused!

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Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:
•    Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
•    Bellis (English daisy)
•    Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
•    Camellia
•    Correa (Australian fuchsia)
•    Cotoneaster
•    Crocus
•    Cyclamen
•    Erica (Heather
•    Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
•    Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
•    Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
•    Helleborus (Christmas rose)
•    Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
•    Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
•    Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
•    Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
•    Narcissus (Daffodil)
•    Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
•    Orchid
•    Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
•    Pansy
•    Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
•    Polyanthus (Primula)
•    Pyracantha
•    Sarcococca (Christmas box)
•    Skimmia japonica
•    Tulipa
•    Viburnum x bodnantense
•    Viburnum tinus
•    Viola

Indoor plants (Spring Prelude) trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:
•    Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
•    Azalea
•    Bromeliad
•    Camellia
•    Crocus
•    Cyclamen
•    Erica (Heather
•    Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
•    Helleborus (Christmas rose)
•    Kalanchoe
•    Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzleberri’
•    Medinilla magnifica
•    Narcissus (Daffodil)
•    Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
•    Orchid
•    Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
•    Pansy
•    Pieris (Lily-of-the valley shrub)
•    Polyanthus (Primula)
•    Sarcococca (Christmas box)
•    Sciadopitys verticillate (Japanese umbrella pine)
•    Skimmia japonica
•    Stromanthe
•    Tulipa
•    Viburnum x bodnantense
•    Viburnum tinus
•    Viola

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