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206 different plants in flower on New Year’s Day

On New Year’s Day we counted how many plants are in bloom at VBG and came to a surprising 206! This is a duty we carry out on an annual basis for fun, though recently we have seen trends linked to climate change. This December has been  mild, so autumn flowering species are still with us as well as early spring blooms. Each New Years Day we usually see well over 100 different plants in bloom at VBG. Some are very large, such as Brugmansia sanguinea (above), some are more subtle, Buddleja cordata (below).