Smarm factor blossoming

by Yule Heibel on February 27, 2005

It’s the end of that time of year here: the annual flower count, where Victorianites get to drive the rest of Canada crazy with our smarmy smugness over our mild climate. Last February (2004), residents and other boosters counted 1,877,329,190 flowers. This year, residents counted 4,773,559,217 flowers. And, for the first time in years, I have hayfever like crazy. Ah, but it beats throwing my back out by shovelling snow.

All signs so far point to an early drought. Even early morning fog doesn’t add much moisture to the air, and by midday the skies are blue and clear. It’s lovely and fantastic, but ominous, too.

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