WATCH: The long and wicked winter has resulted in some delays in the garden, making for disappointing numbers for this year’s flower count. At the same time, the warmer weather has Vancouver Islanders gearing up to go gardening.
The long winter has made for disappointing numbers for this year’s flower count.
According to Tourism Victoria, there are now 182,969,645 blossoms in the city, much lower than last year’s record breaking 25.9 billion, and also nowhere near 2010’s previously record breaking 21.7 billion.
The warmer weather, however, is prompting many eager gardeners to start shopping for flowers.
Kelly Steeper was at Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre on Tuesday looking for flowers to welcome her new baby expected in May.
“I am super excited for spring,” Steeper said. “The more I live here, the more I fall in love with having colour [in the garden], and I’m learning every year as I go.”
The normally busy store was quiet, with a few customers milling about. Owner Gord Nickel chalked it up to a late start to spring weather.
“When you get snow you can pretty much blast a cannon through here and you’re not going to see anything, including customers,” Nickel said.
Luckily, this winter only caused Nickel to lose one per cent of his stock.