Most people have enjoyed the mild winter and early spring across North Carolina this year.
But that warm weather means the azaleas will probably be past their peak when Wilmington's Azalea Festival is held next month.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the five-day festival is to begin April 11. But the flowers are blooming across the city now.
Experts say the blooms are about two weeks early this year because of the mild weather.
Cindy Godwin with the festival says the show will go on as scheduled with concerts, food, arts and crafts. Garden tours will go on even if guests mostly will be looking at other types of flowers.
The same problem is occurring with the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, which is not scheduled until April 27.
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