Gallery: Mild Winter & Early Blooms Concern NYC-Area Farmers and Garden...

With temperatures barely dipping below freezing and a near non-existent snowfall, New York City, along with most of the country, has been experiencing one of the warmest winters on record. Just last week, temperatures neared 60, and throughout the city, early signs of spring — buds on trees, crocuses in full bloom — are popping up. Flowers and warm weather are certainly nicer than piles of snow and slush, but what does this mean for the health of our gardens and farms? Horticulturists at the city’s botanical gardens, as well as farmers in the Hudson Valley, are concerned about harsh frosts and possible snowfall, which can end a plant’s bloom for the season, or worse, throw off its life cycle and pollination.

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