Kingsport Times-News: So, is this dogwood winter or redbud winter?

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So, is this dogwood winter or redbud winter?

Staff report • Apr 17, 2018 at 10:05 AM

With the freezing temperatures and trace amount of snow we had Monday, it’s easy to think spring will never arrive. But these cold snaps are nothing new, and we’ll soon be complaining about the heat.

The “little winters”

Cold snaps in the spring have several names, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac — they include Dogwood Winter, Blackberry Winter, Locust Winter, Whippoorwill Winter and Redbud Winter.

Dogwood winter

What we are experiencing now is called Dogwood Winter because the dogwoods are now blooming. According to the Almanac, “Farmers knew it wasn’t safe to plant their crops until after the dogwoods bloomed.”

Blackberry winter

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says Blackberry winter is mainly a Southern term “used to describe a brief period of cold weather that coincides with the time the blackberries are in bloom, (typically in early to mid May).” So, we might have one more cold snap before warm weather is with us to stay.

According to the gardening website, blackberries need a cold snap to set buds on the blackberry canes, so you can expect a cold snap when the blackberries bloom.

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