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Blackberry winter

Posted by Tom Meadows on May 23, 2001

In Reply to: 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.