Pretty in pink

Published 4:37 pm Monday, April 19, 2021

Dogwood winter in Kentucky


About the time April was in full bloom with pink and white dogwood trees, redbud and cherry trees and tulips and daffodils, Kentucky was hit this past week by a hard frost.

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Plants that had already flowered weathered the cold snap well, though.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, like Indian summer, a period of unseasonable warmth in autumn, the little winters, including redbud winter in early April and dogwood winter in the middle of the month, were terms farmers came up with to keep track of the planting season. They would sometimes wait until after the dogwoods bloomed to plant crops in case there is a dogwood winter.

Forecasters say the cold weather may not be over yet. While it was sunny and in the 60s Monday, the low temperature Tuesday and Wednesday is supposed to be 30 degrees.

And next month, there is the possibility of a blackberry winter.

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Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at

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