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The Butchart Chronicles : February 20, 2014

Garden Report for February 20 2014

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Galanthus

Galanthus

Sarcococca

Sarcococca

Crocus

Crocus

After a blustery, cold week we seem to have turned the corner into more seasonable weather. Ironically the bit of snow that we had two weeks ago has melted and has coincided quite nicely with the appearance of the first blooms of the snow crocus (Crocus tomasianus).

And, all of the rainfall that we missed earlier this winter seems to have fallen during the past week! At the same time high winds have also buffeted us, but thankfully (due to the expert work performed by our arborists), very little tree damage occurred. Our gardeners also work extremely hard after these storms to make sure that the gardens are cleaned up and presentable before our visitors arrive so that they can enjoy the gardens in the best possible condition.

The first of the Scilla’s are showing colour and many other bulbs are beginning to push out of the ground, giving us a hint that the glorious spring display is on its way! 

Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Special Interest/Flowering

  • Abeliophylum (White Forsythia)
  • Corylus (catkins)   
  • Crocus - just starting
  • Eranthis (Winter Aconite)    
  • Erica (Heather) 
  • Galanthus (Snowdrops)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) - Fragrant   
  • Hellebore (flowers)
  • Iris reticulata (Dwarf Iris)    
  • Jasminium (Winter Jasmine) - Fragrant
  • Mahonia
  • Nandina (berries) 
  • Pansy    
  • Pulmonaria   
  • Pyracantha (berries)
  • Sarcococca (Sweet Box) - Flower is insignificant - fragrance is incredible! 
  • Scilla - new

Spring Prelude

Spring Prelude 2014

  • Anthurium
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry) 
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Hyacinth
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Rhododendron
  • Tulip
  • Viburnum bodnantense