“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” Pietro Aretino.
If it weren’t for the winters, we wouldn’t have the beautiful blooming springs to admire. Without winter (the rest period), we would not be able to enjoy many tasty fruits and nuts.
A process called vernalization (chill hours) occurs during the winter season in plant species, this is when plants need a period of cold in order to bloom or in some cases break dormancy; many fruit trees and perennials need this process.The period of cold also helps some plants species seeds germinate, this is known as stratification.
Also the winter cold is essential to reduce and control the natural enemies (pests & diseases) of many plants that thrive in colder areas.
Lets appreciate the cold in the knowledge that a beautiful spring will follow.
Written by: Gail Dreyer