The Butchart Chronicles : January 28, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for January 28, 2016

Japanese Garden in January at The Butchart Gardens
Last week I mentioned that there weren’t any dramatic changes in the garden, but I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. This week we saw a few new arrivals coming into bloom in the garden and although the numbers aren’t overwhelming, the fact that they are blooming at all at this time of year could be considered somewhat dramatic!

Unexpected, but gladly welcomed arrivals this week include our first Crocus tomasianus, Iris reticulata and Scilla siberica. We have also set out a few very special Correa ’Marian’s Marvel’ (Australian fuchsia) blooming in pots on our patio outside of the Carousel building which add a sprinkle of exotic flavor to the mix.      

Our spectacular (some say the best yet!) Spring Prelude display continues to dazzle our visitors and we certainly hope that you have the opportunity to come out and enjoy this very special indoor garden display.   

- Rick Los, director of horticulture


Special interest plants and plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Bergenia
  • Camellia sasanqua (flowers)
  • Correa  (Australian fuchsia – in containers at Carousel – beautiful flowers!)    
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Crocus tomasianus (flowers – just starting!)
  • Daphne (flowers/fragrance)
  • Erica (Heather – blooming profusely!)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Hamamelis (flowers/fragrance)
  • Helleborus (flowers)  
  • Iris reticulata (flowers just starting to show)
  • Jasminium (Winter Jasmine – yellow flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Narcissus (a few early bloomers!)
  • Polyanthus (flowers)
  • Pulmonaria (earliest varieties beginning to bloom)
  • Sacococca (Sweet Box – flowers/fragrance)
  • Scilla (first flowers noticed this past week)
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)   
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers)
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

Daphne blooming at The Butchart Gardens


What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Azalea
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Corylopsis
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris (reticulata)
  • Jasminium polyanthum (White or Pink Jasmine)
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum)
  • Polyanthus
  • Prunus (Flowering Plum and Cherry trees)
  • Rechsteineria
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus

Spring Prelude at The Butchart Gardens