The long, cold winter has delayed spring planting in the Granite State. That complicates matters for nurseries and lawn and garden businesses. Charlie Cole is general manager of Cole Gardens in Concord. He sees the late spring as a mixed bag for his business—although he’s optimistic.
“We’re really excited, because the pent-up need to be out in the garden is just building, and it’s still building. And once our customer base are able to get in the garden and plant, we think it’s going to be a great spring,” Cole says.
He anticipates plant sales will pick up in May. In the meantime, he says the business is selling pansy inventory by encouraging customers to use stoop planters and window boxes rather than flower patches. The long winter also delayed sugaring season. And Lake Winnipesaukee is on its way to a potentially record-breaking May ice-out.