And Already, The First Spring Frost……

A blanket of fog and frost covers the soon-to-awaken vineyard.
A blanket of fog and frost covers the soon-to-awaken vineyard.

People like to think of vineyards as relaxing places.  And mostly they are.  But this time of year, grape farming can get pretty stressful.  We awoke this morning to a foggy, frosty vineyard, which is scary considering how close we are to bud break. It was just 30F when we went out to feed the horses.  Just a degree or two colder is enough to damage any green tissue on the vines.

The pink and green colors mean bud break is very close.
The pink and green colors mean bud break is very close.

When I checked the vines late yesterday, I noticed some of the buds are starting to show their colors.  When they first open, the leaves of a grapevine are a vibrant lime green with some pinkish-tan hues around the edges.  You can see those colors in this little bud, which means it’s ready to unfold.

The forecast calls for another warm afternoon in the 60s followed by a cold, clear night tonight.  And so, we hold our collective breaths and hope the buds aren’t encouraged to open in the afternoon sun only to be bitten by another overnight frost.

Fun!

Murphy says what, me worry?  The afternoon sun feels wonderful.
Murphy says what, me worry? The afternoon sun feels wonderful.

 

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