03/09/2012 08:35 EST | Updated 05/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Flower power blossoms in Victoria as billions of blooms tallied in annual count

VICTORIA - In early March, most parts of Canada would have trouble counting a handful of flowering shrubs and bulbs, but gardens around Greater Victoria are bursting with billions of blooms.

And it's a bad year.

Results from the 36th annual Victoria Flower Count are in, and gardeners in the city with the mildest climate in the country have tallied more than 2-billion snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths, forsythia, cherry blossoms and other flowers.

More than 731-million blooms were counted in the City of Victoria, alone, but Chamber of Commerce chairman John Espley notes the total count is anything but a record.

In fact, he says the week-long count (of 2,043,380,013) is just ten per cent of the bounty recorded in March 2010.

Espley blames an unusually chilly late winter in the city of gardens, but says the 2012 flower count is still more than abundant enough to maintain Victoria's annual springtime gloating rights. (CFAX)