FITCHBURG (WKOW) — It may be the beginning of fall but with the frost warning in effect, it definitely feels like winter is coming.
That means many flowers might be dying tonight.
“I just miss the color in the winter,” Suzanne Card, a home gardener in Fitchburg, said.
Card tries her best to keep the front of her house lively and full of color, but that will soon come to an end.
It may not yet be winter but nurseries like Felly’s Flowers in Fitchburg are getting ready.
“You just never know that next morning, when you come in to work, what you’re gonna get,” Amber Gee, Garden Center Manager, said. “Some of the stuff will survive but some of it, unfortunately, does not.”
While mums may be in season and they’re looking great for now, the frost might kill some of them them off overnight. That just comes with the territory of gardening in the fall.
“I know, I don’t like it because I miss being outside playing in the soil,” Card said.
For those who want their potted plants to survive the winter, Felly’s offers plant boarding at the greenhouse.
“Unfortunately a lot of people don’t know about it,” Gee said. “We do get quite a bit that are surprised that we’ll come pick them up, bring them inside and take care of them for 6-7 months, it depends.”
Amber Gee says that they’ll usually board a few dozen plants over the winter, either for people going out of town or those who have nowhere to keep them safe.
However, the coming cold is leaving some people undeterred.
“I think that it’s a really good time to plant,” Sherry Combs, a Felly’s shopper, said. “You don’t have to worry about watering, you can just get them in, give them one good water and then you can kind of forget about them until next spring.”
As a reminder, if you want your plants to survive, bring in the ones you can and cover the ones you can’t. Experts say, though, that some heartier plants should survive this frost.