Fleece Coat Saving Blooms
If you pick up any gardening catalog, there are a number of fancy products to help protect plants from winter damage, from special coverings to water wands that deliver a mist to keep below freezing temperatures from damaging blooms.
Over the years, I have tried a number of options to protect my compact dwarf fruit trees from late winter freezing temperatures and this year was no exception. The week before spring, five days of below freezing temperatures threatened to nip all of my blooming fruit trees.
Without pause, I raided my closet and pulled out all of my extra winter coats to wrap around my small compact dwarf fruit trees. Most easily fit around the blooms without causing damage, and the extra large fleece jacket fit around the older of the three peach trees.
After five days of waiting to see how they would do, it was time to check inside the jacket.
Carefully unbuttoning the front, I peeked inside to find all of the peach blossoms were still intact, even still blooming.
There may still be homegrown peaches to sample in my future this season, not to mention my best-dressed fruit trees.