Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The 4 Billion Blooms of March

How do we know if we are more "weatherfull" this winter than in past years.  We've just finished the high winds warning of the weekend, and we've now received a snowfall warning.

Compare that to Victoria, which starts its flower count in 7 days.  The 44th annual event is sponsored and organized by The Butchart Gardens.  it is termed a 'light hearted promotion'.  Each municipality across Greater Victoria is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the "Bloomingest Community".   This from the website:
For one week in early spring the citizens of Greater Victoria count all the blossoms they can see. The results are then reported to Flower Count Headquarters.  As the numbers come in, announcements are sent to local media to inform everyone of the growing count. So we thought we’d help make it easier and give you a guide and a counting sheet..

Brief how to count guide

  • Small tree full of blossoms =  250,000 blossoms
  • Medium tree full of blossoms =  500,000 blossoms
  • Large tree full of blossoms = 750,000 blossoms
  • Small Heather bush = 500 blossoms
  • Medium Heather bush = 1,000 blossoms
  • Large Heather bush = 2,000 blossoms
"In 1976, over 130 million blooms were counted. By 1996, with a growing population and more community participation, that figure rose to over 4 billion blooms. 2010 we broke new records with 21 billion flowers counted, however 2016 we reached just over 25 billion blooms to set a whole new record."

The results for 2018 are HERE.

Our blossom count in Niagara would be in May.  Consider Victoria being able to count them in March.  

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