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Study: Flowers blooming much earlier than before

LA CROSSE, Wis. - It's hard to imagine right now but spring is right around the corner and that means blooming flowers.

But a new study by researchers at Harvard and UW-Madison shows that some flowers are blooming much earlier than before, some up to a month early.

Keepers of La Crosse's friendship garden have noticed a change. They say they've been able to successfully grow plants that you wouldn't normally see in our area.


"We are able to grow some plants that typically, you would not have 15 years ago, you would not have tried zone 5 plants like the tree peonies and the Japanese maples and things like that," said Master Gardener Marilyn Rebarcheck.

Rebarchek says one reason is shorter winters which means an earlier thaw. But she warns mother nature is unpredictable and things could swing back the other way.

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