It’s not just Fraser Valley fruit growers who are feeling the pain from a gloomy start to 2017.
“You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers,” says Gardenworks’ Vice President of Merchandising Scott Pearce.
Pearce says the dismal spring has put a damper on plant sales, but he’s optimistic business will pick up.
“Sales compared to last year, absolutely down, last year was an exceptionally great start to the year because the weather was exceptionally good.”
“I would say everybody who’s feeling bad about March and that it was wet and cold is absolutely right, it was wet and cold. As far as our sales go, I mean they reflected… you know we depend on the weather to be good, people don’t want to garden in the pouring rain and cold wet weather.”
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However, he says this Easter weekend more people have been out buying plants.
“If you see some good weather a few days in a row, it absolutely helps to get things going. We know the spring is going to come.”
March broke a 61-year-old rainfall record across Metro Vancouver by more than four millimetres.
And April hasn’t been particularly promising either, with 98 mm so far; the average rainfall for a full April is just 89 mm.