The Butchart Chronicles : March 3, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for March 3, 2016

I recently commented that the fragrance of freshly cut grass was one of the most pleasing scents in the garden at this time of year. Well, as true as that may be, it’s the wonderful fragrance of Hyacinths that probably tops the list! Over the past week we have witnessed the emergence of the first of these flowering bulbs (as well as the earliest of the tulips!) to provide us a small taste of the floral beauty that we can expect to see emerging in the next couple of weeks.

The Spring Prelude indoor garden display looks like what we would see in the outdoor garden in mid-April as the deciduous shrubs are leafing out and all of the bulbs are in full bloom. This display closes at the end of this month so please come in and check it out before it disappears for another year.  

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Sunken Garden early spring 2016


Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abeliophyllum (White forsythia)
  • Anemone blanda
  • Bellis (English Daisy)
  • Bergenia
  • Camellia
  • Chaenomeles
  • Chionodoxa
  • Cornus mas
  • Corylopsis
  • Correa (Australian fuchsia – in containers at Carousel)    
  • Crocus
  • Daphne
  • Edgeworthia
  • Eranthis (Winter aconite)
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Euphorbia
  • Forsythia
  • Hamamelis
  • Helleborus   
  • Iris reticulata
  • Mahonia
  • Myosotis (Forget-me-not)
  • Narcissus (early varieties)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Prunus (Ornamental cherry/plum – first varieties in bloom!)
  • Pulmonaria
  • Puschkinia
  • Ribes
  • Scilla
  • Tulips (earliest varieties)
  • Viburnum tinus   

Wisteria and magnolia in the Spring Prelude 2016

What’s blooming in the Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Azalea
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Camellia
  • Cercis
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry)
  • Convallaria (Lily-of-the-Valley)
  • Corylopsis
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Forsythia
  • Gerbera
  • Hyacinth
  • Jasminium polyanthum (White or Pink Jasmine)
  • Loropetalum (Chinese fringe plant)
  • Magnolia
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Prunus (Flowering Plum and Cherry trees)
  • Rechsteineria
  • Ribes
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Spirea
  • Tulip
  • Velthemia
  • Viburnum tinus

Inside the Spring Prelude 2016