The Butchart Chronicles : March 12, 2015

Flower and Garden Report March 12, 2015

This week marks the appearance of the first magnolia blossoms – a full two weeks ahead of where we were at this time last year! The magnolias seem to have a way to make you stop in your tracks with their magnificent flowers creating an aura of wonder and awe.      

The crocuses have lasted longer than we have ever experienced, but they are quietly disappearing while the Chionodoxa (‘Glory of the Snow’) are appearing in soft drifts through some of our perennial and shrub borders. This week we are really beginning to notice the emergence of the Hyacinths as they take their place in the parade of early spring colour and fragrance.            

The Spring Prelude display continues to impress and is staying a couple steps ahead of the outdoor gardens as the Japanese maples are fully out in leaf and the tulips, narcissus and hyacinths continue to bloom in an unending parade of colour.

This is the time of year where new colours emerge on a daily basis and captivating fragrances emanate from the garden to provide you with an experience that will never leave you..

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Robin and a squirrel

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

  • Acacia (flowers - potted plants)  
  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Anemone  
  • Bellis
  • Bergenia 
  • Camellia 
  • Chaenomeles
  • Chionodoxa  new
  • Cornus mas   
  • Corylopsis 
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Crocus
  • Eranthis (Winter Aconite)    
  • Erica 
  • Forsythia   
  • Galanthus
  • Helleborus
  • Hyacinth  new
  • Iberis   
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Narcissus  
  • Pansy    
  • Primula     
  • Prunus ‘Accolade’  (flowering cherry)
  • Prunus (flowering plum)
  • Pulmonaria     
  • Puschkinia   
  • Rhododendron  
  • Salix  (catkins) 
  • Scilla    
  • Skimmia
  • Sycopsis  new     
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers) 

Magnolia blossom

Japanese Cherry
What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Amaryllis
  • Anthurium
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Camellia
  • Cercis 
  • Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)  new
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Gerbera  
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Jasminium
  • Kerria  new
  • Malus 
  • Magnolia   
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid
  • Paulownia  
  • Polyanthus
  • Ribes (Currant) 
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Syringa  
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus

New waterfall in the Spring Prelude