'Great' day in the garden

Bright sunny skies and warming temperatures weren't enough to keep Dick Walker out of the garden Monday.

"It's actually a great day to be out working," he said. "Low humidity and it isn't really hot."

Walker spent part of Monday afternoon working in the flower garden outside St. Paul Lutheran Church in Startown. The garden is one started by his late wife, Nancy, and now the 30-year member of the church spends time maintiaining the flowers and bushes.

"This was her favorite thing to do, taking care of the flowers and bushes," he said as he pulled weeds from the flower bed. "I do a lot of it at home, too, but it was her passion. She had to teach me what to do."

And with temperatures only nearing 80 on Monday, it was a good time for Walker to working among the marigolds, roses, hostas and other flowering plants — especially with the promise of warmer temperatures later in the week.

The National Weather Service forecast temperatures to reach 90 mid-week, along with a chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday and toward the end of the week.

The N.C. Division of Air Quality has also issued a "Code Yellow" forecast for Tuesday.