It is still March and I am wearing shorts and sandals! We are having a very early
Old-timers in the Appalachians know there are several named " little winters" following winter. Blackberry Winter, Locust Winter, Whippoorwill Winter, Redbud Winter and even Linsey-Woolsey Britches Winter. Being an excellent gardener, Grandmother Bessie was very familiar with these "winters." Grandmother did not always have access to a calendar or the weatherman, she relied on the signs of nature.
Linsey-Woolsey britches is an old nickname for long johns, usually spun from a combination of linen and wool. This end-of-spring cold snap marked the day when the Linsey Woolsey britches could be packed away for the season.
Folklore of the eastern United States tells gardeners not to plant until after the dogwood trees have bloomed. Blackberry Winter will be in a few weeks.