Kelowna’s first sign of spring has sprung

This month was 6.5 C colder than normal.

If there’s one thing that Kelowna residents can rely upon to usher in spring it’s the Greenery.

Since it opened in 1981, the Dilworth Mountain area nursery has been opening on the first Thursday in March and offering all that’s needed to get local gardens growing.

This year they opted to open Friday, March 1 and Kirsten Segler, who manages the Greenery, said that snow or shine, they are ready to greet customers.

“We don’t look at the weather,” he said. “We open our doors whether it’s cold and wintry or ready to plant in the ground.”

It doesn’t make much difference to them, considering they’re growing in a greenhouse.

“We don’t have nursery stock outside,” said Segler. “Our heating bill will be higher than normal this year (with the cold snap) but we are on schedule with our crops.”

Customers are the X-factor, but Segler said that he’s pretty sure there will be some people in this morning despite the icy temperatures.

“It will be busier than people will think,” he said. “The indoor outdoor succulent trend is huge and people want to come in and look at new variety. We have herbs and primulas and that’s our regular routine.”

The season at the Greenery is short. By June they’re all done.

READ MORE: PEACHY MAKEOVER IN PEACHY TOWN

Before all that, though, there’s more winter.

Matt MacDonald, meteorologist for Environment Canada, said that the average temperature this month has been -7.4 C and the normal average temperature is -0.9 C. That means this month was 6.5 C colder than normal.

The coldest February on record was February 1975, when the average temperature hovered around -7.8 C.

“We are still stuck in it for a couple of weeks,” said MacDonald.

“People ask if March is coming in like a lion or a lamb, and I would say it’s coming in like a shivering lamb.”

The last couple of days haven’t been the chilliest, but a resurgence of really cold weather is just around the corner. This weekend temperatures are expected to drop to lows of -12 C and highs of 0 C or -1 C.

READ MORE: THERE IS NO END TO DUST WARNINGS

“It will be 5 C below normal this weekend and we see a slight moderation in the middle of next week,” he said. “We are stuck in this cool-ish spell until March 10 or 11, and then temperatures will be above seasonal for the first time since late January.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaNewsKat
kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two-vehicle collision causes rollover at Burtch Road and Highway 97

Harvey is down to single lane traffic headed downtown

Lake Country event gets people to celebrate failure

Event on Feb. 29 will give people opportunity to discuss failures, enjoy live music and create artwork

Dates revealed for 2020 Kelowna Pride celebrations

Kelowna’s Pride Week will run from June 6 to 14

Kelowna accepting applications for Artist in Residence program

Artists from all disciplines are welcome to apply

Central Okanagan receives less funding per student than B.C. average

In 2019, Central Okanagan received almost $400 less in funding per student

UPDATE: Protesters say they will maintain blockade near Chase “as long as it takes”

Signs at protest site say in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Petition seeks to remove local police department from Lindsay Buziak murder case

American woman starts online petition in hopes of helping Buziak family

Deaths on popular Shuswap trail ruled accidental

B.C. Coroners Service reports on fatal falls in May and July 2019

Study says flu vaccine protected most people during unusual influenza season

Test-negative method was pioneered by the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2004

Saskatchewan and B.C. reach championship round at Scotties

British Columbia’s Corryn Brown locked up the last berth in Pool B

‘Chain reaction pile up’ closes southbound traffic on Coquihalla Highway

Black Press Media has reached out to RCMP, paramedics for details

Federal minister to speak in North Okanagan

Greater Vernon Chamber welcomes middle class prosperity minister to talk money

B.C. lawyer, professor look to piloting a mental-health court

In November, Nova Scotia’s mental-health court program marked 10 years of existence

EDITORIAL: Thoughtless posts to Facebook cause real harm and stress

At the risk of resembling a broken record, it needs to be… Continue reading

Most Read