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The Butchart Chronicles : January 29, 2018

Flower and Garden Report January 27th - February 2nd

Flower and Garden Report January 27th - February 2nd  2018 

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

This dynamic garden is never static; always planning ahead, our gardeners navigate with ease as one season transitions into the next. Winter is a busy time for the gardeners. It is a time for major projects, pruning of trees and shrubs, mulching garden beds, repairing paths and rejuvenating tired flower beds. Behind the scenes, the greenhouse staff are preparing for what is essentially the busiest time of the year.

From about mid-February through mid-June it seems to be go, go, go. Plant propagation is a science and they are skilled at what they do. Seeds are sown, cuttings taken, greenhouses prepared and the environments closely monitored. Plants need to be potted and fertilized accordingly. Carefully calculated numbers are determined and timing is everything. No pressure at all….
 
The weather has been relatively mild resulting in some very pleasant daytime temperatures for January, allowing new flowers to suddenly appear here and there in the garden beds. The indoor Spring Prelude Garden is well-established for the season and The Historical Display in the former Butchart residence provides an abundance of things to marvel at.

The display, which is open for viewing each day through March 15th, offers incredible insight on the development of The Gardens. Amongst the historical photographs and handwritten garden plans by Jennie Butchart herself, you will discover many treasures and fascinating facts about the Butchart family as you tour the grand residence.
 
Afternoon tea was very important to Jennie Butchart. It was considered a highlight of the day, when one could just relax and savor the rewards of the garden with a warm cup of tea and some delectable treats. Jennie Butchart served tea to many visitors in her time in the original teahouse overlooking the Japanese Garden. Today, the traditional tea is served inside the Butchart residence in the conservatory, filled with an incredible variety Orchids, Amaryllis and other flowering wonders.
 
What a perfect way to cap off the day at The Gardens!
 
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, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:
 
• Amaryllis
• Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
• Azalea
• Bromeliad 
• Camellia
• Crocus
• Cyclamen 
• Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
• 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)
• Prunus (Flowering plum)
• Sarcococca (Christmas box)
• Sciadopitys verticillate (Japanese umbrella pine)
• Skimmia japonica
• Stromanthe
• Tulipa
• Viburnum x bodnantense
• Viburnum tinus
• Viola