The Butchart Chronicles : March 26, 2015

Flower and Garden Report for March 26, 2015

After a great week in Toronto at ‘Canada Blooms’ - Canada’s largest flower and garden show, I have to say that it is a pleasure to be back in our lush and colourful garden here in Victoria. This is the time of the year when I truly appreciate the beauty of the garden the more than in any other season, because I realize how amazingly blessed we are with our wonderful gardening climate.

The spring display continues to unfold ahead of schedule in one of the most sensational early shows that we have ever experienced. The timing of many bulbs is out of our planned sequence and is erratic to say the least – however, nature has a way of outdoing our grandest plans and we are in awe of the changes we are seeing due to our above average spring temperatures.

This is the last week of our fabulous Spring Prelude display so please come out to see it if you haven’t already had the chance. The current stage of Spring Prelude will provide you with a look at what you can expect to see in the garden in early May.

With so much happening in the garden this is an exciting time to come and visit – especially if you reside in the parts of this continent that have experienced a long and cold winter.  

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Spring Residence Lawn
Flowering in the Garden
•    Anemone   
•    Arabis
•    Bellis
•    Bergenia  
•    Caltha
•    Camellia  
•    Cercis
•    Chaenomeles
•    Chionodoxa    
•    Cornus mas    
•    Corylopsis  
•    Crocus
•    Dicentra   
•    Epimedium
•    Erica  
•    Forsythia   
•    Frittilaria  
•    Helleborus
•    Hyacinth    
•    Iberis   
•    Jasminium (winter Jasmine)
•    Kerria
•    Lysichiton  (skunk cabbage)  
•    Muscari
•    Narcissus   
•    Pansy    
•    Primula      
•    Prunus ‘Accolade’  (flowering cherry)
•    Prunus (flowering plum)
•    Pulmonaria   
•    Pulsatilla
•    Puschkinia    
•    Rhododendron   
•    Ribes
•    Salix  (catkins)  
•    Scilla     
•    Skimmia
•    Stachyurus
•    Sycopsis 
cherry tree
What’s blooming in Spring Prelude
•    Amaryllis
•    Anthurium
•    Begonia - Rieger
•    Bromeliad
•    Camellia
•    Cercis  
•    Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)
•    Cyclamen
•    Gerbera   
•    Hyacinth
•    Jasminium
•    Kerria   
•    Malus  
•    Magnolia    
•    Narcissus
•    Orchid
•    Polyanthus
•    Ribes (Currant)  
•    Spathiphyllum
•    Syringa   
•    Tulip

Spring Prelude Waterfall