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Freeze Monday night could kill flowers planted early

Staff Photo: John Bohn A bee flies to blossoms on a Bradford pear tree at Abbotts Bridge Park in Duluth Thursday.

Staff Photo: John Bohn A bee flies to blossoms on a Bradford pear tree at Abbotts Bridge Park in Duluth Thursday.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- If you were impatient to get your impatiens planted, be sure to cover them tonight, as officials have issued a freeze warning for overnight Monday.

An unusually warm winter has driven business into Randy's Perennials and Water Gardens in Lawrenceville, said the store's David Waters.

"We've had people coming in in January and February because it's been so nice," he said. "People wanted to get started."

But Georgia's last frost is typically in mid-April, so all that digging in the dirt could be for naught if care isn't taken, he said.

"If you already bought annuals, you definitely want to cover them," Waters said of Monday night's expected freeze.

The temperatures, he said, are not expected to dip too low for perennials and early blooming trees. But with more than a month of possible freezes, people should be patient before planting annuals, such as aster, begonias, chrysanthemums, marigolds and petunias.

"You definitely should wait until April," he said.

Comments

kevin 2 years, 1 month ago

the weather people keep telling us we had a mild winter. Count the # of days below 32 and nothing has lessened over last year, just a lack of snow.

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notamom 2 years, 1 month ago

My heating bills say otherwise. They've been substantially lower than last year's for each of the last three months, and I haven't lowered the thermostat.

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mosquitohawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Kevin, i took you up on your challenge and did some research on www.wonderground.com I put in the dates of 12/01/10 thru 03/05/11, then put in the dates of 12/01/11 thru 03/05/12. Guess what, there were just 19 days this year that were 32 degrees or under, compared to 50 days last year, what state were you living in this year? I guess you don't remember how cold it was last winter, Mr horticulturist.

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