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S p r in g G a r d e n in g IN BLOOM IF YOU ARE A SPRING GARDENING ENTHUSIAST, MCALESTER HAS PLENTY OF SHOPPING CHOICES FOR YOU TO CULTIVATE By David Dishman / Staff writer W E A L L K N O W THO S E A P R IL SHO WER S A R E G OIN G TO BRING MAY FLOWERS , BUT W H A T F L O WER S A R E C O M IN G ? W E L L T H A T A L L D E P EN DS O N THE WO R K Y O U PUT IN BEFOREHAND. GE T T I N G YO U R FL O W E R B EDS A N D HO M E G A RDE N S R E ADY FOR THE S UMMER R E Q U I R E S W O R K I N THE SP R IN G , B EG IN N IN G N OW. WHETHER YOU WANT LOTS O F CO L O R AN D FL O WE R S, O R IF Y O U’ R E P LA NN IN G ON S TOCK ING YOUR S HELVES W I T H H O M E - G R O W N P R O D UC E, THE R E IS P L EN TY Y OU CAN DO NOW. Flow e r shop s a nd g re e nhouse s a re A l l en M a n n own s Man n ’ s Flow er, T h e day th os e h olidays land on can g ood p la c e s t o st a rt whe n l ook i ng t o a n d h a s b een w orkin g more th an affect s ales of oth er items , Mann p la nt. Ex p ert s c a n he l p you d ec i d e a yea r i n a dvan ce for th e s prin g s aid. For example, if Valentine’s D ay w ha t p la nt s w ork b e st f or your 20 17 crop of plan ts . T h ere is on ly s o falls du rin g th e week, flow er s hops ne e d s a nd d e si re s, when t o p l a nt , mu ch s p a ce in a green h ou s e, an d ten d to s ell more ros es . Sales tak e a a nd p r ov id e v a l ua b l e t i p s t o ensure d ep en d i n g on dates of h olidays h it wh en th e h oliday is o n a Satur day he a lt hy g r ow t h. a n d p red i cted deman d for produ cts or Su n day, Man n s aid, becaus e Loc a l g a r d e ne rs a nd f l owe r b a s ed on previou s years , h e h as people ten d to celebrat e mor e e nt husia sts ha v e a v a ri et y of v end ors t o ma ke edu cated gu es s es on h ow exorbitan tly an d don ’ t pur chas e as t o c hoose f rom w he n se e k i ng ma n y p l a n ts of varyin g varieties h e man y flow ers . a ssista nc e or a re l ook i ng t o p urc ha se need s . For Eas ter, th e s oon er in the y ear p la nts. “We h a v e g ot to th in k a min imu m of 12 th e h oliday h appen s , th e s ooner he mon th s i n advan ce, an d s ometimes clears u p s pace in h is gr eenhous es 18 mon th s ,” Man n s aid. for s u mmer plan ts . Eas ter lilies ar e I n th e s p ri n g, Man n h as to accou n t th e predomin an t s ale item for the f o r Va l en ti n e’ s Day, Moth er’ s Day an d h oliday, an d Man n mu s t k eep them E as ter — a n d s pace ou t h is plan tin g all in th e green h ou s e u n til E as ter i s a ccord i n g l y in order to h ave flow ers over. rea d y for each day. NCOMMON   42 SPRING 2017