Sorry for the absence; no excuses, just feeling lazy.
I was also so caught up with the Haiti tragedy(as was/is the world) that I simply hadn’t the time/inclination to blog.
However I had tons of things I COULD have written about; isn’t it always the way.
Thanks to my loyal readers who continued to FLOCK to my blog even though I wasn’t keeping it current.
It feels like we will be having an early spring so I have changed my header to reflect this. We already have tons of snowdrops and forsythia blooming and will be boring the rest of Canada very soon with our annual, “flower count”..
What is the Victoria Flower Count?
The Flower Count is an annual light-hearted promotion sponsored and organized by regional chambers of commerce, Butchart Gardens and Tourism Victoria. The goal is to bolster community pride and increase awareness of Greater Victoria as an attractive shoulder-season tourism destination. It brings national and international attention to the fact that Victoria (City of Gardens) has the mildest climate in Canada. While the rest of Canada and much of the US is still in the cold clutches of winter weather, Victoria often enjoys spring temperatures of 10-15° Celsius (up to 60° Fahrenheit).
Each municipality across Greater Victoria is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the “Bloomingest Community” of the Greater Victoria area! People reporting flower counts will have their number attributed to their community. Whether they live on the Saanich Peninsula or in Sooke, every flower counts, for their own community and for the overall total.
How Did It Start?
In the late 1960’s, members of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce started a promotion called “Victorian Days”. In late February, dressed in Victorian era costumes, they would visit cities such as Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, handing out daffodils to the general public, radio stations and news rooms. In 1976, the event expanded to involve Victoria residents and create a fun promotional story through the counting of February’s flowers. The Victoria Flower Count had begun.