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The Butchart Chronicles : January 26, 2017

Flower and Garden Report January 26th to February 1st

Flower and Garden Report: January 26 - February 1, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

I had a visitor ask me the other day if the roses were in bloom – unfortunately I had to tell them that “no, we are still a few months away from any of our roses coming into bloom”. I did feel a little uncomfortable as I could tell that the answer didn’t satisfy the individual and of course, we always want to exceed the expectations of our visitors. The funny thing was that I felt even more awkward as we were standing in the middle of the Rose Garden during this conversation!    

Being a gardener can be humbling at times because whether we like it or not, we are always at the mercy of the cards that nature deals us. With any of our flowering plants in the garden, there are no guarantees as to when any plant will come into bloom and we can only provide our best guess based on personal and historical experience.

That being said, things are quite different when we move indoors into our fabulous Spring Prelude display. Here we have ‘forced’ plants to come into bloom at precisely the times when we want them to, as we have the ability to manipulate plants to do as we wish when we take them into a climate controlled indoor environment.      

If you are looking for some early season garden inspiration, our Spring Prelude display will provide you with an abundance of colour and fragrance to fill this need. Our gardeners have used their abundance of skill and creativity to once again produce an exquisite garden masterpiece – one day you may even find some roses blooming!   


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)
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)
  • 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