On a blustery day last week, Meril Deane was gardening amid bright blooms in temperatures up in the 60s.
One of 85 members of the Springside Greenhouse Group, she has her own spot in one of two greenhouses in Springside Park on Upper North Street. There, she can "winter over" delicate plants from her own garden and start new ones from seed.
That day, while snowdrops and a few crocuses were showing themselves outdoors, she looked out at begonias, fuschias, nasturtiums and even cactus blooms, although no bulbs were in flower yet.
The greenhouses are not open to the public, but an annual public sale is held the two days before Mother's Day.
Membership applications are available at the greenhouse or from presidents Pat Pritchard or Cobi Senus. The group also has a page on Facebook.
-- Charles Bonenti