Climate Scientists Assure Local Flower Growers That Global Warming Will Show Up In Time To Grow Next Christmas’s Poinsettias

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hanging basketsBUXTON, Maine — Maine flower growers remained defiant against the elements on the first official day of spring Wednesday, saying they’ll persevere despite late-winter cold and snow that drives up heating costs and stalls plant rotations. “We’re in the midst of our spring openings, and we’re not going to let snow deter us from that,” said Mike Skillin, head of the Falmouth-based Skillins Greenhouses. Skillin acknowledged, however, that the abrasive end to winter — with a 12-inch snowstorm Tuesday and overnight low temperatures in the single digits in recent weeks — does present challenges. He said his company spends around $100,000 annually to heat its 4-plus acres of greenhouses in Falmouth, Cumberland and Brunswick with heating oil and propane, and that figure climbs when Maine stays colder longer. (read more at Bangor Daily News)