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      Protecting your plants from the cold

      People are steering away from the color red and picking out such flowers that are bright orange, hot pink and bright green in color.

      Earlier this week it was feeling a lot like summer and Thursday it has felt like winter again.

      With the expected freeze overnight for many in the Heartland, that means it??s imperative to protect your plants.

      Local plant experts said however, that plants can survive in colder temperatures than what you may think.

      Plants that are less likely to survive the colder temperatures are plants that should not have been planted just yet according to Kristy Ostrander of Ostranders Flowers.

      ??The main thing is to cover stuff, see what you've got. If perennials are starting to break, they'll be fine. If it gets really cold it might damage them a little bit, like brown the leaves. They might curl up but they'll still come out of it. It won't kill them. Tomatoes, touchy things -- cover them, walls of water work great. I've seen a lot of those out. People have had a lot of success with those. A lot of people will use milk jugs, five gallon buckets. Cloth things repel the cold better than plastic does, so you kind of have to watch what you put on them,?? said Ostrander.

      Ostrander added that this spring, more and more people are steering away from the color red and picking out such flowers that are bright orange, hot pink and bright green in color.