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May 11, 2014

Local nurseries hope sun on Mother's Day will finally get their season started

business: Local nurseries hope sun today will finally get their season started

Tonawanda News — If the weather turns out sunny and bright today, moms aren’t the only ones who will have a happier Mother’s Day.

As area nurseries face what is typically one of their busiest days of the season, many have been struggling with the winter’s reluctance to leave the region.

Marty LaMarca, owner of Alcliff Landscaping & Nursery has been in the business for 50 years on Military Road, and said “this is possibly the fourth or fifth latest spring we’ve ever had.”

The ground was still frozen two weeks ago, he said, but by way of comparison, his records show there was four times as much snow this year as there was two years ago — and twice as much snow as there was last year.

”If you remember on April 27, we got an inch-and-a-half of snow. Two years ago I was shredding dirt on March 20, and last year I was shredding dirt on April 9,” he added. 

As an aside, LaMarca noted some customers told him they heard his business was closed due to the construction of a new plaza next door. “Rumors of my death are premature,” he joked, noting his company will continue business as usual in its Military Road location across from the Fashion Outlet Mall.

Area nurseries have been spoiled by the last two years of good weather and are hoping they can begin to recover from never-ending freezing temperatures and rain this spring.

At Faery’s Plant Market on S. Transit Road in Lockport, sales associate Mary Buryta said that while the cold weather kept people away, the intermittent sun over the past week has lured the shoppers.

Faery’s is selling a lot of garden fountains and statuary this year, and Buryta said that customers have been coming in asking when it’s safe to plant.

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