The Butchart Chronicles : March 31, 2017

Flower and Garden Report March 30th to April 5th

Flower and Garden Report March 30  - April 7, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

daffodils March Bloom


There is tension in the air as we eagerly anticipate the tens of thousands of bulbs that are set to burst into bloom. After a long, cold winter the bulbs simply can’t wait any longer and are beginning to come out in spectacular waves of colour throughout the gardens.  
We feel that we have one of the most spectacular spring garden displays in the world and it goes without saying that we are excited about this year’s display. Although the timing of the flowering for many of the bulb varieties may be somewhat out of our planned sequence, nature has a way of outdoing our grandest plans and provide us with a sequence that we will be more than satisfied with.  
It is with some sadness that we say goodbye to this year’s Spring Prelude indoor garden display.
Our incredible staff have worked so hard to present something fresh and new this year and are already making plans for changes and improvements for 2018.

In Bloom - Outside in the Garden:
•    Abeliophylum – (White Forsythia)
•    Anemone blanda (Windflower)
•    Bellis
•    Bergenia
•    Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)
•    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/Primula
•    Pulmonaria
•    Pulsatilla
•    Puschkinia
•    Rhododendron
•    Ribes (Currant)
•    Sarcococca (Sweet Box)
•    Scilla     
•    Stachyurus
•    Tulips (earliest varieties)
•    Viburnum bodnantense
•    Viburnum tinus