FORT WORTH Bursts of color dot the landscape at Fort Worth's Botanic Garden; you're welcomed by pansies, poppies and other flowers that can withstand the cold. But even as we head towards Easter, those bursts are still few and far between.

The majority of the flowers that should be welcoming the garden's guests are missing.

'Usually we would plant our summer annuals by now,' says senior horticulturist Steve Huddleston.

To show you why this is happening, News 8 went to Harry's Greenhouse in Weatherford.

Grower Jackie Cole says the unusually cold weather has kept flowers like zinnias from growing as fast as they should. It's led to nurseries in North Texas having a sluggish supply.

'We haven't been able to produce it as fast as we'd like,' Cole says. 'When it's cold, they don't grow as well. They don't like to be cold.'

That brings us back to Fort Worth's Botanic Garden, where the nursery issues combined with a chilly spring have forced Huddleston to postpone the planting of its summer flowers for weeks. Instead of their planned arrival earlier this month, they'll be planted next Monday, April 21.

'Usually we have our summer stuff in the ground by now, but this has been an unusually cool and long spring,' he says.

It's a heavy-handed reminder from nature that despite our best plans, you can't always count on the calendar.

Huddleston also urges home gardeners to be careful for their flowers and plants Monday night into Tuesday morning. He suggests that plants especially just-planted tomato and squash be covered.


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