After the frost last week, Aaron and I walked the rows to see how the plants fared the freezing temperatures. All of the open buds we saw were thankfully unscathed. The placement of our plants on the top of a little hill was integral in keeping the delicate promise of new fruit on the bush! The lowest temperature our thermometer recorded on the Little Hill was 27 degrees F - several degrees above what they can tolerate at this stage.
This branch shows bud break, tight clusters, and the beginning of early pink buds. Each of these terms describe the state of the flower development and indicate to us their cold hardiness.
This picture shows early pink bud development. Flowers in this developmental stage can tolerate 23 - 25 degrees F.
More bud swells, bud breaks, and tight clusters.