National Trust garden teams in the South West go out into the gardens on Monday, February 11, to count blooms for the annual Valentine’s Day Flower count.

Spring is just around the corner and winter is on its (br)exit. But there’s some confusion in the flower world: has the cold snap passed? Is it safe to pop up their heads and look for a brighter future? Or should they hang on for a better moment?

For the past 14 years, teams head out into their gardens and literally count what species are in bloom. Although not a scientific way of predicting the exact timing of spring, over the years it’s been a good indicator of when winter will make its timely and welcome exit and allow spring to bring some brightness into our gardens.

Results, verdict and predictions to follow.

Picture by James Dobson.

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