Blackberry Farm

Friends of the Farm

A Black Spring Remembered

A number of years ago we had an early Spring, and the season was well ahead of normal schedule. Fruit trees were in full bloom, and our gardens were filled with all types of budding bulbs of diverse colors and sizes. Also well ahead of schedule, the trees had nearly fully developed leaves. Then came the big freeze. On a night in late April, the temperature dropped down to 17 degrees and remained that low for several hours. The next morning there was little damage that could be seen. It was not until the following Monday when I returned to Blackberry that effects of the freeze damage became evident. All around the gardens and along the roads, fields, hills and mountains the leaves on the trees had turned solid black. The scene reminded me of a Spring landscape painting in which the artist substituted black for the bright light greens of spring.

John Coykendall, Master Gardener