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Cold Start to Spring

Written By: Tanja Rekhi
Cold Start to Spring

ELMIRA (WENY) -- Spring has sprung, but you couldn't tell by the looks of it here in the Twin Tiers.
     Liza Pariso, is gearing up to get her yard ready for full bloom. She's living in her late grandmother's house and the garden was very important to her.
     "My dad and I just moved in here not too long ago and now we're excited to make it look beautiful again like she would have wanted," said Pariso. "So, it's going to be really special."
       But that could be a little while. The ground is still frozen and more snow is to come.
      "We have a lot of work ahead of us," said Pariso.
      Meantime, at the Horseheads Do it Center, their shelves are stocked with fertilizer, seeds, and lawn decorations waiting for the sun to come.
     "It was a little warmer around this time last year, we didn't get this unfortunate cold snap," said Max Bernhard, of the Do It Center. "We're hoping it'll pick up. It's been a little slow as of now, but eventually it should pick up."
     It's a similar story at Floral Beauty in Elmira. Karl Vonderheyde says the weather has not been working in their favor. He says there hasn't been a lot of sunlight into their greenhouses.
      "Like everyone else, we were hoping that within the last couple of weeks that was it and here we go again," said Vonderheyde. "I think we were all running around in shorts and t-shirts around this time last year."
     But this year, things are a little different. Vonderheyde  says they've spent three times more on heating compared to last Winter.
     "Normally, the trend is people want to buy early. Hopefully this year, people will hold off. We do have a lot of orders coming in," said Vonderheyde  "You're not going to be able to put anything in the ground right now."
    He says it's a good idea to wait until Mid-May to plant flowers. For Vegetables he says to probably don't want to plant anything until after Memorial Day.