Near-record rainfall has caused a slow start to spring at some local nurseries.
The weather isn't affecting the quality or availability of plants, according to Tony Vanhoutin of Farmington Gardens in Beaverton. It is affecting the number of customers, who are apparently staying home instead of braving the wind and rain to pick up plants.
"It definitely puts us behind in season. Hopefully we'll make up for it when the sun does come out," said Vanhoutin. "We have all the plants in place just in case we get a nice break in weather. We're prepared, we're ready, we have all the plants here. Just need to get the weather so people will come in."
Business was also slow last March, which was among the rainiest on record.
"Last year was wet too, but I'd like to think we had more customers in here," he said. "A lot more sunshine. Everyone was a lot happier."
He added, "The history of working here has taught me you gotta be prepared for just about anything, whenever."
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