By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
It took awhile, but it appears spring has finally sprung and locals are taking advantage of the warmer temperatures.
While there’s a good chance for thunderstorms this week, the National Weather Service is predicting highs to reach the 70s.
And while it may be too soon to plant annual flowers with overnight freeze risks, shoppers at Lowe’s on Sunday afternoon definitely began prepping for the start of gardens and landscape projects.
Tyler and Alissa Prater, of Edgewood, began redoing their landscaping last summer and are “slowly adding things to it,” Tyler said.
Sunday was their first outing of the planting season and the couple just took a look around to see what was being offered.
Alissa Prater said they may begin some work this weekend. In addition to the landscaping, they’re looking at a new roof and doors, she added.
It’s in May that the Praters will really get to planting the flowers. And in June, Tyler’s mother is getting married in their backyard, so they plan to “spruce it up,” Alissa Prater said.
With a large deck out back, the couple said they hold multiple barbecues and parties throughout the spring and summer.
Sunday they had a cookout for Alissa’s birthday, played with the dogs outside, took a walk around Shadyside Park and got to drive around with the sun roof down, Tyler Prater said.
They also have a boat in storage they’re eager to get out on the water.
So, their thoughts on the extended winter weather?
“It’s been awful,” Alissa Prater said.
“No, I like it,” her husband added.
Hopefully now, he said, summer won’t be so scorching hot and unbearable.
Heather Burke, of Anderson, said she was glad to “just get out and about with the kids” during spring break last week.
She likes the snow and said she doesn’t mind Indiana weather, but has had her fill of winter. It’s “no fun for the kids” who’ve been cooped up.
Now, she has plans for gardening and landscaping.
“This time last year, I pretty much had a garden box full,” Burke said.
She spent Sunday afternoon grabbing bird supplies and said she’ll begin planting in a couple of weeks. She likes flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Lowe’s employees said Sunday had been a busy day.
Donna Slivka, owner of Jazzi’s Flower Center in Chesterfield, said they saw a few customers and plan to see more coming in with the warm temperatures.
They’ve been selling trees, shrubs and perennials, and Slivka said they’ll keep the flowers in the greenhouse until the risk of freezing has passed.
Annuals can’t handle the frost and the best time to bring them out is in May, she added.
“I just hope it’s a long spring and that summer won’t be too hot,” she said.
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