The Victoria Flower Count welcomes Spring in the first week of March when residents busy themselves counting the new blooms of the year (http://www.flowercount.com/). Butchart Gardens leads the charge with hundreds, if not thousands, of irises, tulips, cherry blossoms and daffodils in an artist’s palette of colour. While the Gardens offer a beaufitful day’s walk, the Saanich Peninisula provides a wonderful bike ride through the fields of daffodils and streets shrouded in cherry blossoms.
This annual visual treat comes early to the Salish Sea due to its Mediterranean climate. While much of the United States and most of Canada are still in the midst of winter temperatures, southern Vancouver Island enjoys steady temperatures in the double digits (Celsius that is!). A great getaway to brush aside the winter blues with the sights and scents of a new Spring! The seas are calm, the air is warm … come on by.
Story by Steve Duck
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