Monday, March 5, 2012
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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.