Experts have advice for keeping your plants protected in frost

BRISTOL - Business was booming at Garden Spot Produce in Bristol, Tennessee Sunday.

They sell a variety of things there according to owner Charles Williams. "We have tomato plants, pepper plants, cucumber plants, cabbage, flowers, just different stuff. Of course [we have] produce," he explains.

It's a warn day in mid-May; with such enjoyable weather, it's hard to believe frost is expected. That can be a problem for someone with plants.

But Williams tells News 5 not all plants are affected by the cooler temperatures. "Black begonias, or impatients, are about all I'm worried about. That's about all that [the frost] will hurt. The rest of it can stand or outsmart. Of course the tomato plants up against the side of the building, it won't hurt them," Williams says.

Michelle Turner is here buying flowers, but says she's holding off on planting them. "I don't know if we'll put them out tonight because it's going to frost," she explained.

But why are we seeing frost this time of year? StormTrack 5 meteorologist David Boyd offered an explanation. "It's definitely an unusual weather pattern. There's a huge dip in the jet stream," he said. "Some very cold air is coming in for this time of year."

Which brings up the question everyone's asking -- when will warm temperatures be here to stay? "You never know about when summer's going to stick around for good. But the trend is looking good, at least for the next week or so," Boyd said.

That's something these plant lovers are ready for. "Everybody's wanting it to warm up before summer takes off," Williams says.

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