The Butchart Chronicles : December 11, 2014

Garden Report for December 11, 2014

We had an extraordinary sighting this morning as we noticed some daffodils showing colour in the background area behind the dahlia walk. Although they weren’t fully in bloom, they certainly looked like they had every intention of doing so if the mild weather continues. Other flowers (and even some hints of fragrance) were very noticeable on the Viburnum bodnantense, winter Jasmine and Mahonia and there were numerous Hellebores blooming in different areas around the garden.     

Although flowers may be a rare sight at this time of year you do have the opportunity to enjoy the garden from a completely different perspective. As you wander your way through the garden the unique structure and layout of the garden is much more apparent and the genius of Jennie Butchart’s design is revealed. The Japanese Garden is especially satisfying as it reveals itself in its purest form without any of the lights, decorations or other adornments of the Christmas season.  

This is truly a time for peaceful reflection in the garden as the season reveals a quiet, subtle beauty that isn’t as evident in any other season.

Rick Los, director of horticulture

Hellebores - at The Butchart Gardens

Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark

  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Arbutus unedo (flowers)
  • Betula (birch - bark)
  • Cornus (shrub dogwoods, brilliant bark colours)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – bark)  
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Cotoneaster (berries)   
  • Callicarpa (berries)
  • Euonymous europaeus (berries)
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Pyracantha  (berries)
  • Sequoia sempervirens ‘pendula’ (Weeping Sequoia – unique form)
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)    new
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers) 
  • Viburnum davidii (berries) 
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

Pyracantha(Photo by George Hodan)

Euonymous europaeus
(Euonymous europaeus)