Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

They’ve been calling for snow all week in Victoria, but so far so good, today was a beautiful day. Stunning beautiful sunshine graced us with an appearance from sunrise to sunset. I don’t want to jinx it by it seems spring is coming early in Victoria this year.  It was nice to absorb some vitamin D and take in the sights and sounds of the backyard garden. I spent the afternoon testing out my new camera, snapping photos and getting a closer look. I figured it as good a time as any to do the Garden Highlights of February.


Iris Reticulata springing into action, I planted them about 3 years ago and it still blooms effortlessly every year.


I’ve been watching the buds on this pulmonaria for a week now and they just started to open. Pulmonaria (also known as lungwort) is a great early spring flower, shade loving and relatively care free. I planted this last season and it’s growing quite happily. As the flowers age they turn a deeper purple and each bract of flowers ends up looking rather multicolored. After the blooms fade, the leaves take full stage and flant their cool speckled  foliage.


The flowers of my euphorbia wulfenii have unfurled and now stand a full attention.


The eremurus foxtail  lily is further developing and starting to open. Sadly I might have lost the flower stalk on the left to rot, I dusted it with fungicide and I’m hoping for the best. There is still hope yet.


This is where the cyclamen coum ended up, planted beside the emerging leaves of an eryngium “Jade Frost”. Which I might add was one of my favorite plants from last year.  happy to see it survived the winter.


Last but not least, another spring favorite, the Dicentra spectabilis is well on it’s way to being a crowd pleaser. I’am always amazed in how quickly these plants grow. In the next couple weeks it could easily grow a couple feet tall, I’am excited for it’s sprays of heart shaped flowers.

You see, even though it’s gray outside, the plants are proof enough that spring time is well on it’s way. Only a couple more months of gray and cold ladies and gentlemen.

6 Responses to February Garden Highlights

  • Owen says:

    Wow, it looks like you’ve got a whole lot more going on in Canada than we do here in South Carolina. There are flower buds on the callery pears and that’s about it.

  • Holley says:

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  • You are a couple of weeks ahead of us, and enjoyed seeing everything that is going on. I wish I could grow I. reticulata. That hardy cyclamen doesn’t look like C. coum. The flowers look too big, the leaves look all green, and the stalks look too long and red. It looks like a rarer cyclamen—how exciting.

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
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