Thursday, February 11, 2010
Now Cut That Out
As I feared, the recent long spell of cold weather tricked some of my low chill blueberry bushes into thinking winter must be over.
"Hey Bluebelle ... BLUEBELLE! Wake up!"
"Huh, What chu want Climax, ... it's only February. Let me sleep."
"No, it can't be ... check your chilling hours... it must be March at least."
" Look Bud, you are starting to tick me off ... I'm not a winter person... wanna sleep."
"Okay, sleep your life away, but I'm telling you, it has to be spring, time to open up those buds, Bud."
" Go right ahead, but wake ME when winter's over."
Unfortunately, I understand Blueberry, but I just can't hold a conversation in it. If I did, I would have agreed with Climax*. Any blooming now risks the entire crop as more freezes (32 this morn) are coming.
The long super cold spell of January even zapped the foliage of natives ... really tough natives, like these coonties in one of my nursery beds.
They should recover as most of the plant is a huge underground tuber, but it certainly sets back their growth and it killed seed cones that were forming.
The horse radish was not bothered by the severe cold and is doing quite nicely.
Almost ready to pick.
*Bluebelle and Climax are two varieties of southern highbush blueberries.