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Warm weather is making plants bud early

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

So far this month the average temperature in Albany is more than five degrees above the norm and the heat will continue this weekend.

High temperatures have been in the 70s for the last four days. Camellias are usually one of the first plants to bloom in South Georgia.

They're running about a month ahead of schedule, sporting some nice blooms already in some Albany yards.

But cold weather won't stay away for the entire season and plant nursery owners say you need to prepare to avoid damage when the weather turns cold again.

Greg Daniell of ABC Plant and Nursery said, "there's two things that they can do if they want to protect a plant that's already starting to bud and bloom. They can cover it with a blanket or they can ice it over. Now icing it over acts as an insulating blanket and protects it."

Daniell says that this is a good time to plant, and the warmer than normal weather makes it a little nicer to be outside. He says that potted plants are a good bet.

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