There is so much else to go into high anxiety about right now, but a spring that seems almost a month earlier than last has me near panic mode. J. plums and cots are only a couple weeks from flowering here in S.NY and CT.
The long term forecast holds the possibility of getting lucky and avoiding crop killing frost, but long term weather prediction is about as reliable as predicting the stock market.
What I also hate is having so many chores condensed into so little time. I spent almost the whole day cutting and packing graft wood- something I could usually have had 3 more weeks to do gradually. I would rather have been working on pruning peaches and plums in other peoples orchards.
If we get that late killing frost, the season will turn out quite leisurely though. I almost look forward to that… almost.
Well, I am opposite to Scott. I kept thinking this warm weather trend would not last. So, I did not do anything until this past weekend when I realized that plums are at tip green, pears are at bud scales separating, etc.
I am behind again. The next 7 day forecast shows no freezing temp. Well, spring has arrived almost a month ahead.
Have you noticed a correlation between catastrophic spring freezes (after a sharp early warmup) and a drought that summer? I have seen at least an anecdotal correlation. Happened in 2007 and 2012 at least.
im glad in this way, for our snowpack. keeps everything good and dormant until it stays 40f and higher then it melts quickly. if we didn’t have it to buffer this warm winter we would be having the same issues you guys are having. seems for this way at least, a snowy winter has its advantages.
I agree that it has been difficult to keep up with all the chores of preparing the garden and pruning and planting seeds because of how early spring has come. I can remember over the past years easing into the season, but I’ve been out doing things every night for two weeks now. I’m tired!
Now,it looks like the PNW is getting a ticket for this weekend,on the roller coaster called the Arctic Express.I’ve seen a weather service low for 16F on Saturday night.Things are changing and being revised,with most predicting around 26-28F for three consecutive days,so hopefully the damage will be minimal.bb
It’s about the same here. Not as much snow, but enough to protect everything. It looks awesome so far. Buds are just swelling, right on time. Looks like flowers maybe April 15th which is on time, or even a couple weeks late. April 1st is the norm here, but I have seen it as late as May 1st. So we are having a rather ho-hum middle of the road year.
Going by bloom time most of most stuff is about where it should be even with the warm winter we had, I believe that cold weather we got at the end of February you mentioned is what held all of mine off. I have only been growing fruit trees since 2012 so I didn’t pay as much attention to the weather as far as that goes. I did pay attention to it for gardening or for work but just not for fruit production.
My peaches are at red calyx, one pear has a few bud bursts and a few tight clusters, and my plum is at swollen bud. All apples are quiet, except my precocious Alkmene, it’s showing some swollen buds. A couple pluots have some swollen buds with a few white buds showing.
The pear (fifth leaf, big 15ft tree) that appears to be starting to bloom has never fruited before. I don’t know what variety it is, hope I get to try a few fruit despite the early blooming. Most of the tree is still pretty quiet.
Berry plants seem to be quiet, except for some thornless blackberries peeking out some tiny buds.
No freezing temps forecast for the next 10 days, high temps running between 55-65, and somewhat rainy next week. So I assume the buds will continue to progress.
Guess I missed dormant spraying of my peaches, considering they’re almost at red calyx? It kinda snuck up on me.