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Tips From A Flower Expert

May 13, 2014, 7:40 AM by Brittany Larson

Tips From A Flower Expert

"The marigolds, I'm going to cover that stuff tonight. But like my pansies and my petunia packs, I'm going let those go, there're going to be fine," Owner of Cliff Avenue Greenhouse and Garden Center, Heidi Teal said.

It's that time of year where many people want to get outside and enjoy spring-like temps in their garden.

“These kind of stuff, geraniums, those they will make it but they will look tough," Teal said.

Heidi Teal is a garden expert and she says it's best to be patient until it warms up or plan ahead for a potential frost.

"Some of your annuals are going to be just fine being outside but they are going to look tough if you don't cover them. There are some annuals that are not going to tolerate it at all like things that are in the shade impatiens, caladiums, begonias," Teal said.

"Now that we are through Mother's Day people want to get out in the garden and get out planting and things like that but still a good idea to hold off on any of your planting until probably this weekend," Keloland Meteorologist, Scot Mundt said.

Keloland’s Meteorologist Scot Mundt says we are around 10 to 15 degrees below average for the month of May.

"We went through a stretch of our 10th coldest winter in Sioux Falls and I checked back at a couple of the stats and we saw some information coming back with our 9th and I believe our 6th and our 7th coldest winter producing record lows in the middle of May," Mundt said.

While, Christine Marshall was busy looking for some flowers to buy she doesn't seem to mind the colder temps, at least for now.

"With the weather being so unpredictable that it's best to not put any bedding plants at this point in time and to wait another week. We just have to go with the flow. People just sit there and they want spring to come here sometimes too early and nature doesn't always go along with that. I am looking forward to seeing all the pretty flowers start blooming and just realizing we have a short period of time before winter hits us again," Sioux Falls resident, Christine Marshall said.


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