Tulips bloom early in Washington Park
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Tulip Fest is this weekend, but the early spring has some worried its signature flower may already be past its prime.
Imported from Amsterdam, the city of Albany plants about 125,000 tulip bulbs each year. The city's new gardener, Jessica Morgan, said the warm March weather did cause some flowers to bloom early. But last week's stint of colder weather helped preserve many of the blossoms.
"Tulips like it cold, they like it chilly, they're springtime lovers that when they're basically programmed to grow and bloom so when it gets too warm they like to take off," said Morgan.
The flowers are planted to bloom at intervals throughout the spring, so they're hoping at least 20 percent hold off for Tulip Fest.
Officials have been encouraging tulip fans to head to Washington Park as soon as possible to make sure they catch the flowers in full bloom.