The Butchart Chronicles : January 8, 2015

Flower and Garden Report January 8, 2015

We’ve had an interesting start to the year with some very determined Narcissus (daffodils) coming into bloom before Christmas and continuing to bloom for the past few weeks! Every year brings new surprises and this certainly was, and continues to be, a surprise. The first Snowdrops (Galanthus) have appeared as well as the fragrant blooms of the Witch Hazel (Hamamelis), Mahonia, Viburnum bodnantense and the very fragrant White Forsythia (Abeliophylum).  

The winter landscape is unique in its beauty and simplicity and this is a time to truly appreciate many features that typically go unnoticed during the rest of the year.  

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Red Bridge in The Japanese 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)
  • Euonymus europaeus (berries)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Pyracantha  (berries)
  • 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)



Witch Hazel