Chilly With a Touch of Fog, But No Frost!

For those of you who may have worried through the night like we did that we’d get frost in the vineyard, I am happy and relieved to report that we did not. Temperatures were actually quite mild throughout most of the night, hovering around 40F.  But at daybreak, they dropped a bit. The warmest part of the vineyard dipped to 37F, and the coldest rows went down to 34F. That’s dangerously close to frost, but still in the safe zone.

You can see the start of leaf separation in this bud, which is the first bud in the whole vineyard to take this brave step.
You can see the start of leaf separation in this bud, which is the first bud in the whole vineyard to take this brave step.

Meantime, the little buds are awake, but they seem unwilling to open their leaves until the sun comes out.  The dogs and I found just one lone bud in the entire vineyard this morning that is starting to separate its leaves. Is this bud brave or foolish? Time will tell. I am further intrigued by this bud because it is in a part of the vineyard that is shaded at times by some nearby trees. I thought this would have delayed the opening of the buds there, but I guess sun exposure doesn’t mean very much on an overcast day.

The brave bud grows at the end of the row to the left, in the shade of the oak tree.
The brave bud grows at the end of the row just left of center, in the shade of the oak tree.

According to the forecast, today is supposed to be warm and sunny.  So far, it is not. We’re also supposed to be free of frost worries for the next week or so. Yet looking at all those reluctant buds, I have to wonder if they know more about forecasting the weather than we do.

Another bud from the shady spot in the vineyard that is very close to leaf separation.
This little bud, also in the shady part of the vineyard, is toying with the idea of leaf separation, but isn’t willing to go for it just yet.

 

 

 

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