Winter cold continues to hamper spring weather

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WICHITA, Kansas — It’s May in Kansas. It just doesn’t feel that way.

“I’ve been here 27 years with the garden, and this is the latest we’ve had to worry about freezes and frosts this late in the season,” explains Pat McKernan with Botanica.

Botanica still has thousands of tulips, and most of them are blooming.

“Most of them should be gone by now,” says McKernan. “But they like this cooler weather. Even the cold. They will snap back when it gets warmer.”

And it may not get warmer for a couple of days. A cold weather pattern is swirling through Kansas. Freezing temperatures and even snow is falling in some parts of the Sunflower State.

“We’re just like so many others in Kansas. It’s the longest spring we’ve seen. So, with the cooler, colder weather we are holding off planting,” says McKernan. “We currently have two greenhouses totally full with most of our summer annuals. Our annuals follow the tulips, so this year we are sitting on annuals.”

Wichita likely will see some snowflakes over the next couple of days. If any of it sticks, it will be the latest accumulation in Wichita on record.

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