Blackberry winter

Posted by ESC on March 31, 2000

In Reply to: Blackberry winter posted by shirl 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).