(Victoria Flower Count)

Despite the snowy and tumultuous weather that Victoria has experienced this year, Spring flowers are still coming out to bloom!

The 44th Greater Victoria Flower Count began on Wednesday, and over 108,000 flowers were counted in the city in just one day! In Saanich, another 53,000 were tallied.

The Greater Victoria Flower Count is an annual event that began in 1976 and inspires people to count blooming spring flowers in communities across the island for one week.

The program hopes to boost community pride and promote tourism to the City of Gardens.

Since #flowercount started yesterday, over 108K blooms around Greater Victoria have been counted! Saanich is currently…

Posted by Greater Victoria Flower Count on Thursday, March 7, 2019

Everyone in the community is welcome to participate, and don’t worry, you won’t have to spend a day counting each individual blossom on a tree!

There is a handy guide to measuring trees, with a small tree full of blossoms equalling approximately 250K, a medium one equalling 500K, and a large tree equalling 750K.

The full guide, which includes bushes, can be found here. You can also find your own tally sheet and where to submit your flower count online here.

Last year, the “Bloomingest Community” in Greater Victoria was Colwood, with 2,029,598,802 flowers counted.

In total, volunteers counted a total of 3,467,394,781 blooms in 2018.

This year’s chilly conditions, including Wednesday’s snow, may bring the total flower count down slightly, but don’t count the flowers out just yet!

Good luck on your counting, and don’t forget to submit your count!