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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Blackberry Winter

Yesterday morning it was 42 at my house, this morning a chilly 40. Since the blackberry’s are blooming-I’m thinking and hoping this is blackberry winter. Why am I hoping-cause blackberry winter is usually the last cold snap we have-and after it I can quit worrying about my blueberries and other fruiting plants getting bit by frost.

Chilly at your place this morning?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.



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    Melissa P - Misplaced southerner
    May 3, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Whoa! Barb Johnson in Michigan?!! Another one of us transplants. Heck it’s already a couple of days later, and they’re still callin for weather in the mid 30s at night. At least we don’t have any snow right now.

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    Vicki Lane
    May 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    It’s chilly here at night but I threw caution to the winds and set out a few basil plants. Then my son told me it’s supposed to get down to 36 Wednesday night.

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    SandyCarlson (USA)
    April 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Chilly, but it warmed up. I am glad this chilly has a name. That means it is not new!

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    Glenda Beall
    April 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    With blackberries coming on soon, Tipper, will we get any black berry jelly over my way?
    Reminds me of my poem about Blackberry picking in south Georgia.

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    Eva M. Wike, Ph.D.
    April 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Hey Tipper: The blackberry winter seems to be with us over in TN. The dreadful storms dodged us here in Roane County. But just twenty miles away our son’s house/cars took a beating. It is so dreadful how the folks in Alabama got hit so hard!
    The blackberry blossoms are not the only beautiful show. Our blueberries so big are so dense! I think it will be our best crop in many years! I got the plants from the nursery on Low Gap and they sure are goodens!
    Enjoy SPRING!!!
    Eva Nell

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    April 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Spring of ’91, the old timers in Almond,Swain County kept talking about a Blackberry Winter. The berries were huge and abundant that summer. My daughter was born that July. She loves blackberries.

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    April 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    B.-so true. I cannot fathom how those folks feel.
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    delores (Rusty) ellis
    April 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Lawd have mercy, the weather….
    You’in’s orta getcha a way to
    git to Tucson, AZ. Here ’tis last
    day of April, 2011 and ah is
    wearin’ very little. Don’tcha
    tell the preacher, heah?

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    B. Ruth
    April 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Chilly here yesterday morning…but I really hate to complain about the weather…It has been so scary around…papers from Alabama found in Knoxville from the tornados…I’m just thankful that the golf ball size hail that hit us only lasted a few minutes and spared most of our peppers and tomatoes…
    and even if we lost them all and dented our vehicles…it would be a blessing compared to what others have lost.
    Thanks Tipper

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    Barb Johnson
    April 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    cold 32 degrees in Michigan this morning..but it is supposed to be around 60 later!!

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    April 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    It sure has been chilly for the
    last couple of days but soon as
    the sun pops up, I begin to
    appreciate those cool mornings.
    I don’t think my blackberries are
    even blooming yet, but I saw gobs
    of wild strawberries blooming last
    week. So, in a few days me and the
    other dog will be down on all 4s
    gettin’ our bait of ’em…Ken

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    April 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    The son is shinning here and it’s warm enough to hang clothes finally (if you wait till 1p.m) and garage sale! Is Blackberry the last winter or is there more? Have a great day.

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    April 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

    A crisp 35 here this morning. We actually started a fire in the wood burner last night. No flowers on my berries of fruit trees yet but it won’t be long. Threat of frost here until the first week of May.

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    Debby Brown
    April 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Its 61 here, but sadly, the big storms just moved through where I live in Georgia, storms also hitting Alabama, Tennessee and around abouts on Wednesday. I hate to tell about it, but I am sad. But I am glad. We had over 20 huge Oaks on our property, I have 2 dogwoods left.. its like a big bomb went off. But I am happy, many people do not have homes anymore.. and some were killed. Other than my trees and my car, just a bit was taken off the side of my house and the tree didn’t go through. We are very lucky.
    On another note, I have had a bottle tree for a couple of years and I never could find blue bottles! Last week I read your old article about the bottle trees and I thought.. I just got to have blue! My daughter went with me and we went to one antique and junk place after another.. finally I found some old blue medicine bottles.. $4.00 a piece! I bought them and took off my two red ones and replaced them with my new old blue ones. After all this was over and we found all our animals.. even our duck, my daughter said that’s so weird. you were driving me crazy wanting blue bottles, and now every tree around it is on the ground, but your little bottle tree with those blasted blue bottles is still perfect!
    So thank you for reminding me that I needed BLUE! I believe those little blue bottles catch more than evil spirits and ghosts. They protected my house! Hope bad weather does not come to any of you and that hopefully it really is blackberry winter!

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    April 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Canned Quilter checking in with 64 degrees but boy it sure is windy here in Northern Missouri. The blackberries aren’t blooming yet but it is sure shaping up to be an extremely cool and wet spring.

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    Mary Shipman
    April 30, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Same lore believed in Missouri. Our blackberries are just beginning to open.
    It looks like a good crop can be expected here.

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    April 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Just a little chilly here. I think we are past the freezes this spring.
    And I’m hoping so, cause I’m gonna be outside all day digging in the dirt. LOL

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    April 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I love poems, your pictures, Blackberry Winter, Indian Summer, and Summer and gentle people. Didn’t mean to sound like Tom T. Hall but your blog brings gentle thoughts to me now as well as of days and people that are in my memories.
    Oh yes, I forgot “Little fuzzy pups!!”

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    April 30, 2011 at 9:20 am

    It’s 71 here in east Texas this morning and looks like rain. Sure hope no storms are coming with it.Looks like we’ll be getting to sample fresh berrys before long.Some good berry jelly would really taste good on a hot biscuit now.

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    April 30, 2011 at 9:04 am

    34 this morning. I won’t stop worrying until after May 10th or so. Good thing the blackberries aren’t blooming here yet!

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    Miss Cindy
    April 30, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Sweet picture! Yes, chilly. I always whine when it turns cold again after warm days.
    My mother used to have this little poem that I think of very often.
    As a rule
    a man’s a fool
    when it’s hot
    he wants it cool
    When it’s cool
    he wants it hot.
    Always wanting
    what is not.
    Guess it’s just human nature!lol

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    April 30, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Not too chilly for Nebraska. About normal – 50s.
    Love the blackberry blossoms. Very pretty.

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    April 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

    it is a wonderful 62 here, just cool enough to feel really good, yesterday we woke up to 74 which is hot for night temps. i am loving the cool today. good luck with your berries.

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    April 30, 2011 at 7:59 am

    It was chilly yesterday. Today we are back to muggy. We have the blackberries and dewberries already forming. The Figs are popping out, but having to really water because of dryness. Of course dryness affects the juiciness of the berries too. You know the “farmer” always worrying or complaining about the weather. (rolling eyes) I wonder why. ; )

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