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Winter Continues To Give The Cold Shoulder To Garden Centers

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DELMARVA - If the past few days have meant anything, it looks like spring is here to stay, but a couple of weeks into the season , some people on Delmarva are still feeling the biting effects of the winter.

The pansies are perfect, white lilies...lovely, but there's something missing from these Delmarva garden centers...people haven't really been in to buy anything.

"I think a lot of the customers are kind of gun-shy," says Craig Rice, manager of Lakeside Greenhouses in Laurel.  He says because temperatures have still been dipping into the 30s and 40s at night, people are holding off on putting in new plants, rightfully so.

"If they did plant, 2 weeks ago, they'd be replanting," says Rice, "it's hurting me, but they're smart to wait."

At this point, business for Lakeside Greenhouse is about 80 percent behind where it was last year, and they aren't just losing out in revenue.  This winter hit folks like Margaret Whitmore hard during the growing season.

Margaret Whitmore from Sunnyside Nursery in Salisbury describes the winter, saying "it was dark, and it was wet," and it was expensive.

Keeping the plants alive during the cold and cloudy past few months meant pumping in the heat, which was pricey this winter, especially with a propane shortage jacking up prices.

"Well, our bill has almost doubled," says Whitmore.

But a day like this Sunday was good.  Not only are the heaters off, it's a welcome reminder that eventually...it's gotta get warmer!

With a laugh, Rice says "sooner or later, it's gonna break, and hopefully they're gonna show up in large droves to get this stuff."

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