how long can spring wait?
Two or three weeks ago we had just enough warm weather that I was starting to see some early signs of spring like the buds swelling on a chickasaw plum and showing just a touch of white at the tips. Since then we've had consistently cold weather, not getting into the 60's even once with highs mostly in the 40's. The forecast for the next week is more of the same with a lows in the low 20's this weekend. My question has to do with things like the plum. Once buds have started to swell in the spring and the growth process has begun, how long can it be stalled by cold weather and still progress normally after the cold gives way?