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The Butchart Chronicles : March 5, 2015

Flower and Garden Report March 5, 2015

I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I quite enjoy repeating the statement that the beautiful spring like weather continues to provide ideal conditions for our early season floral display. This week it’s the mass planting of anemone (wind flower) along the ramp leading out of the Sunken garden that is really starting to catch people’s attention.

The tens of thousands of crocus that we have planted as an understory planting throughout the Rose Garden continues to provide a dazzling carpet of brilliant colour in this area that will surely catch your eye.       

The Spring Prelude display continues to impress and is staying a couple steps ahead of the outdoor gardens as the Japanese maples are fully out in leaf and the tulips, narcissus and hyacinths continue to bloom in an unending parade of colour.

It is truly a wonderful time to visit as the conditions have been almost perfect for experiencing the beauty of the garden at this time of year.       

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Sturgeon Fountain in spring
Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark in the Garden

  • Acacia (flowers   - potted plants)  
  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Anemone   new
  • Bellis
  • Bergenia 
  • Camellia 
  • Chaenomeles
  • Cornus mas   
  • Corylopsis 
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Crocus
  • Eranthis (Winter Aconite)    
  • Erica 
  • Forsythia  
  • Galanthus                     
  • Helleborus
  • Iberis   
  • Iris unguicularis
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Narcissus  
  • Pansy    
  • Primula     
  • Prunus ‘Accolade’  (flowering cherry)
  • Prunus (flowering plum)
  • Pulmonaria     
  • Puschkinia   
  • Rhododendron  
  • Salix  (catkins) 
  • Scilla    
  • Skimmia    
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

Daffodils and osteosporum

What’s blooming in Spring Prelude

  • Amaryllis
  • Anthurium
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Camellia
  • Cercis 
  • Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)  new
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Gerbera   new
  • Hamamelis
  • Hyacinth
  • Jasminium
  • Malus 
  • Magnolia   
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid
  • Paulownia  
  • Polyanthus
  • Ribes (Currant)  new
  • Sarcococca
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Syringa  
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus

Delicate crocuses blooming in The Butchart Gardens