Posted by Tom Meadows on May 23, 2001
In Reply to: Re: Blackberry winter posted by ESC on March 31, 2000
: : Does anyone know what blackberry winter means?
: "blackberry winter -- A period of cool weather in spring, usually May or June, when the blackberries are in blossom..." Similar to "dogwood winter --...'There's always a spell of it May, when the dogwood tree is in bloom. For several days there is cold disagreeable, cloudy weather, and often a touch of frost.'" From "Whistling Dixie: A Dictionary of Southern Expressions" by Robert Hendrickson (Pocket Books, New York, 1993).
there is also Red Flannel Winter.