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The Butchart Chronicles : March 17, 2017

Flower and Garden Report March 16th to March 22nd

Flower and Garden Report March 16 - March 22, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

I’m quite happy to be home after a week in Toronto promoting our garden at Canada Blooms which is Canada’s largest indoor flower and garden show. I won’t mention the weather, because up until the time we visited they were experiencing a milder winter than what we were dealing with here at the Gardens.

That being said, the garden has sprung to life in the past week and there are signs of spring blossoming throughout the garden. We are truly blessed to be gardening in a climate where the diversity and abundance of floral beauty provides you with a unique experience every single week of the year. The Rose Garden is particularly spectacular right now as tens of thousands of colourful crocuses blanket an area which only a week ago was barren ground.

The Spring Prelude display continues to inspire our visitors with its plethora of exotic plant material that accentuates the artistry of the plantings and garden features. The colourful plants on display in this indoor garden change on a weekly basis so you’re guaranteed to see something different if you happen to visit regularly. There are only two weeks remaining for this year’s Spring Prelude display so please come out soon so that you don’t miss it. 

In Bloom - Outside in the Garden:

  • Abeliophylum – (White Forsythia)
  • Arbutus unedo
  • Bellis
  • Bergenia
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)
  • Crocus
  • Daphne
  • Eranthis (Winter aconite)
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Forsythia
  • Galanthus (Snowdrop)
  • Hamamelis
  • Helleborus   
  • Iris reticulata
  • Jasminium (Winter Jasmine)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
  • Myosotis
  • Pansy (hanging baskets are out!)
  • Polyanthus
  • Pulmonaria
  • Puschkinia
  • Rhododendron
  • Sarcococca (Sweet Box)
  • Scilla     
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus 

What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Azalea
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Chaenomeles
  • Convallaria (Lily-of-the-Valley)
  • Corylopsis
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Daphne
  • Edgeworthia
  • Forsythia
  • Fuchsia
  • Gerbera
  • Hamamelis
  • Helleborus
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris (reticulata)
  • Jasminium polyanthum (White or Pink Jasmine)
  • Justicia (Shrimp plant)
  • Loropetalum (Chinese Fringe plant)
  • Malus
  • Kerria
  • Magnolia
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum)
  • Pieris
  • Pittosporum
  • Polyanthus
  • Prunus (Plum)
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Sarcococca
  • Scilla 
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Syringa (Lilac)
  • Tulip
  • Velthemia
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Wisteria