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The Butchart Chronicles : January 22, 2015

Flower and Garden Report January 22, 2015

The highlight for this week is our very colourful and fragrant Spring Prelude display. This cleverly crafted display includes many of our favorite outdoor plants that we have brought indoors and forced into bloom well ahead of what nature intended. This year you will also experience a bit more of an exotic flair as we have added many more orchids in select areas.

As always, our talented staff have created many unique landscape features for you to enjoy throughout this indoor garden area -we hope you enjoy their efforts this year.

Outdoors the garden slowly begins to push through winter and we are surprised and delighted with the new flowers we come across on a daily basis. The peaceful and uncluttered winter landscape provides you with an opportunity to truly appreciate the many unique features that may go unnoticed during the rest of the year.  

-- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Spring Prelude Irises

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

  • Abeliophylum  (White Forsythia)
  • 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)
  • Erica
  • Euonymous europaeus (berries)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Hamamelis
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Iris unguicularis
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Pansy
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Pyracantha  (berries)
  • Sarcococca (wonderfully fragrant!)
  • 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)  

What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

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

Witch Hazel blooming in winter.

Flowers in the Spring Prelude