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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A freeze warning is in effect for much of the St. Louis area overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, and for the first time this spring, many gardeners are worried about those flowers they planted early this year.  Our premature spring had people turning soil weeks earlier than usual.

At Greenscape Gardens in Manchester customers like Kathleen Waidmann were free to admit they were sucked in by those eighty degree temperatures in March.

“Oh without a doubt! Yes,” she said.  “I bought my geraniums about three weeks ago and I was ready to go!  And now it got cold again and we’re standing here in sweatshirts and jackets.”

For people like Kathleen, it will be night of covering up those geraniums.  Something she says she knew deep down was coming.

“Logically we should have.  I mean we’ve lived in St. Louis long enough to know that what the weather is like today, it’s not necessarily gonne be like that tomorrow.”

Tammy Behm of Greenscape  agrees, “Because this is St. Louis!  This happens every year!  So no matter when you would have started you would have had a little bit of this.”

She says the plants themselves won’t be in danger because the ground is warmer this year.  There was never that rock solid freeze.  The blooms and foliage are what are at risk, though it won’t be as bad as in some year’s past.

“Worst case scenario would be if we had an extended period of time with the cold like this, and that’s not gonna happen. We’re just gonna have a couple of nights to protect a little bit, and plants are pretty resilient.  They’ll sail right through.”

At the OK Hatchery in Kirkwood, they’re fielding plenty of questions about what to do.

“There’s blankets you can put over or keeping a sprinkler on ‘em,” Steve Krieger told us.  “I don’t think it’s gonna be too much of a problem in the city, but as you go farther out in the country it’s more likely to get colder and do some damage.”

Old bed sheets may be your best friend.  They breathe and will allow the plants to do the same.  You can use plastic, but you need to make sure you get it off the plants before the sun is up, or you might do more harm than good.