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Monday wasn’t just a snow day for hundreds of Central Indiana students. Many businesses also had to take the day off because of the Spring storm.

It’s already been a slow month for nurseries. Rosie’s Gardens on the north side had to close their doors for the past two days.

“Nobody’s working here today. It’s usually about 20 people here,” said Kevin Hughes, Rosie’s owner.

In his 30 years of doing business, Hughes knows March is a tricky month to forecast. His 12 acres of land should be a lot more colorful with thousands of flowers and trees this time of year. However, with more snow than shrubs outside, everything has been put on hold.

“Typically, we can get away with putting it outside already and let it go through the nights,” said Hughes. “It’s been a little bit too cold so we’ve protected it and given it a little extra protection.”

Hughes has also had to delay some shipments from growers on the West Coast. He’s already covered several shrubs and moved dozens of plants into a greenhouse. Hundreds of concrete fountains and flower pots have been out of their packages but untouched for three weeks now.

“It’s just sitting there waiting for us to put it in its proper place,” said Hughes.

For Spring business owners like Hughes, they’re used to taking hits when the weather is so up and down. Like all of us, he’s hoping Spring will be here soon enough.

“That’s what microbrews are for,” he chuckled, “to help you get over these things. By the end of June, everybody’s kind of caught up with what Mother Nature has dealt us. It works out.”

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