Greener BeeGreen TipsGardeners, don’t stress about Chicago’s warm spell

Runners in T-shirts, romping dogs and nesting songbirds all have enjoyed the long stretch of warm days this February. Some gardeners, though, have been anxious that the warm weather may be throwing their plants out of whack.

It depends on the plant, but in general, plants will only suffer if the warm weather is followed by a hard freeze, said Doris Taylor, manager of the Plant Clinic at The Morton Arboretum.

“Warm spells in January and February aren’t unusual in Chicago,” she said. “Most plants will take it in stride.”

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