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The Butchart Chronicles : March 24, 2017

Flower and Garden Report March 24 - 31, 2017

 

Flower and Garden Report March 24 - March 30, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture
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The first week of spring has arrived and it looks like we’ve turned a corner in the garden as masses of colour are starting to appear in many areas. The Rose garden is in full bloom with a spectacular carpet of Crocuses that may even be more colourful than the roses themselves when they come into bloom in the summer!  

The Daffodils still seem a little hesitant as they are just starting to make their appearance, but when they do decide to get with the program they will make an incredible impact. The earliest Cherries are blossoming along with the bravest of the Camellias and Rhododendrons and we should see many more varieties exhibiting their colours out in the near future.

This is the last full week for the Spring Prelude display and it continues to inspire our visitors with its exquisite design features and its abundance of colour and fragrance. You may regret not seeing this delightful display, so please make sure you take the opportunity to see it before the end of next week……….of course there is always next year!  

In Bloom - Outside in the Garden:

  • Abeliophylum – (White Forsythia)
  • Anemone blanda (Windflower)
  • 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)
  • Lysichiton (Skunk cabbage)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
  • Myosotis
  • Pansy (hanging baskets are out!)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus
  • Pulmonaria
  • Pulsatilla
  • Puschkinia
  • Rhododendron
  • Sarcococca (Sweet Box)
  • Scilla     
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus   

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What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Azalea
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Cercis
  • 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 
  • Spiraea
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Syringa (Lilac)
  • Tulip
  • Velthemia
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Wisteria
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