NEW BERN -

Spring has sprung and the flora is blossoming. The weather couldn't be better and it has Linda Kirkpatrick out shopping for flowers at Pinecone Perennials.

"I love flowers. I've been doing this for ten years just on my own and I'm getting better every year," Kirkpatrick said.

But those freshly-planted flowers and vegetables are in danger. Cold temperatures are in the forecast. Greenhouse and nursery co-owner Wendy Graveman will be a busy bee protecting her plants.

"If the temperature really gets down, the plants might look OK initially, but the sun comes out and the new growth will brown off on you," Graveman said.

Graveman suggests that you cover your plants with a beach towel, a bed sheet or a lightweight blanket and to avoid any plastic sheets or covering.

"The plastic actually attracts the cold if it's lying right on top of the plant," Graveman said.

You can use a bucket to keep any plastic covering from touching the plant. Covering your greens keeps the cold from getting in and it keeps any heat from the ground from getting out.

"I'm going to cover mine tonight just to protect the blossoms because I want color for a few more weeks," Kirkpatrick said.

Before pulling the covers up over your head, keep some extra out and use them to protect your flower bed.

TORI TIDBIT: Vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and squash can be affected by cold temperatures. Cold-weather vegetables such as lettuce and broccoli are going to be OK.