Plenty of snow and ice, along with persistent frigid temperatures, have almost everyone thinking spring. But will months of harsh weather delay a highly anticipated growing season?
The growing season is already behind in Hartford, where the place to be is inside the greenhouse at Elizabeth park – that’s where spring is flourishing. February temps were about 5.5 degrees below average and, so far in March, they are about 7.4 degrees under.
While the colder-than-average weather shouldn’t hurt the plants in the long term, things have slowed down. Heather Dionne, supervisor at The Elizabeth Park Conservancy, said by this time it is common to see some types of flowers sprouting.
“We’re doing what we can which is really limited, once the snow melts and the ground starts to thaw we can start moving and we’ll make more progress.”
The greenhouse is bursting with colors from an array of flowers benefiting under the glow of the 24-hour heated temperatures. Dionne is confident that soon warmer weather will begin get plants to bud outside the greenhouse walls.
“I feel like we’re living in northern Maine right now.” She said.