Antoine Bernier had his lavender plant picked out at Les Jardins du Marché at Marché de l'Ouest in Dollard des Ormeaux Sunday, May 17, 2009. Victoria Day weekend is usually the time to start gardening, but Saturday's torrential rain and now two days of cold are making it near-impossible to plant. Photograph by: John Kenney, THE GAZETTE
From The Montreal Gazette:
'Sales are definitely down, no question'
After a week of warm weather and sunny skies, the May long weekend - traditionally the time to dig in the dirt and plant flowers and vegetables - is turning into a washout.
"The weather sucks," Stephen Scheunert, who owns Pointe Claire Nursery on the West Island, said yesterday.
First, there was rain on Saturday; then, the temperature plummeted yesterday, prompting some downtown strollers to bundle up with scarves and gloves. At 3 p.m., the temperature was 9 Celsius. The average high for May 17 is 19.3C.
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