What a swing - it was in the low '80s late last week, and now they're predicting a hard frost tonight with lows in the '20s! Growers across New England is worried about their crops, especially on fruit trees that flowered early and are in danger of coming up empty this year.
I'm not worried about our apple trees, which have started to sprout leaves but not yet flowered. But our "Raritan Rose" white peach tree is about halfway into open flowers, and I hope it will be ok. I have faith that all will be well, as I've read that the biggest danger is to trees that have already dropped their flowers, not those whose buds are just peeking into pinkness.
I thought about putting a blanket or something over the peach tree, but everything we had either seemed too flimsy (insect shielding garden fabric) or too heavy (even our most lightweight blanket). So the little guy is on its own, warmed only by the concern of its caretaker....
Sigh....Soon enough we'll be back to the warmer side of this wacky spring, able to enjoy such sweet things as this:
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