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Frost vs. flowers: Making the fight fair

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If you're one of those people who took advantage of the warm weather the second week of March and did a little landscaping, you may want to pay attention to this story.

Sunday's freezing temperatures will repeat tonight, and if you want those flowers blooming a while longer, we have some advice from an expert.

East Texas is certainly living up to the old adage: If you don't like the weather just wait a couple hours.

Recently it felt like early summer, and now it's right back to winter, but winter with a whole lot of blooming going on.

That has green-thumbers worried they'll go brown.

Tylerite Carolyn Murphy said, "I'd sure hate to lose all those flowers. We spent a lot of money to hopefully get them prepared for this."

"If you have the one-time blooming azaleas, the typical azaleas ... not the Encore, the Encore bloom three times a year ... but if you have the typical azaleas like the azaleas in the Azalea District, what's going to happen is if they get cold tonight they're going to get frostbite. They're going to lose the blooms they have now. If they have some buds down underneath and they can keep them warm tonight they may be able to salvage some. But other than that they're probably going to lose them," said Mary Nail with House Nursery.

Folks at House Nursery say covering blooms will help keep ground heat in and frost out, but that can damage blooms, too.

"We've covered all our azaleas. We've covered them all with a cloth, and that's going to damage them some, but it's not going to burn the blooms," Mary added.

If you can't cover them, they suggest lightly misting blooms with water in the morning to avoid rapid defrosting. That's what can destroy more sensitive flowers.

The good news is that tulips are more resilient. It takes a longer bout with freezing temperatures before those petals hit the ground.

The people at House Nursery say we will still have some color out there. And of course they advise bringing the potted plants inside, especially if they are tropical.

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