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Garden centers call storm a mere hiccup in otherwise smooth spring

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TOLLAND, CT (WFSB) -

A snowy Monday morning for garden centers around the state had them moving flowers indoors.

However, they called the storm a small setback in what's expected to be a booming season.

The owner of Brookside Garden Center in Tolland, Jeff Ruest, said he was busy on the roads dealing with the snow.

"We ended up putting the plows on and put the flowers inside," he said.

While the outside wasn't as colorful as usual, inside a variety of flowers were in bloom.

Outside, snow-covered potting soil and mulch remained. Ruest said his staff spent most of the weekend laying it down. Sunday night, they rigged up four trucks with plows.

"[We] tried to give it a whirl, cleaning up snow and the flowers will have to wait along with the spring clean-up," Ruest said.

Over at the Garden Barn in Vernon, the gardening season was also in full swing.

Owner Kimberly Gliha said she didn't anticipate Monday's snow setting her customers back.

"You're used to just going with it and rolling with it, so this is what we're dealing with," she said.

Gliha said they won't feel the pinch either because business has been solid for weeks.

"It's actually been a fantastic March for us, so we can't complain," she said. "If anything, we like a little bit of a break before we know it's going to kick."

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