The Horsemen and the Ice Saints - a little story.
I decided to plants 6 green pepper plants yesterday in the cool calm of the morning. By 4pm the winds had got up to around 70 kmph. They increased in strength throughout the evening. The horsemen had arrived!!! The French call them "Les Cavaliers" and they ride across the sky breaking new growth as they pass. This could go on for the next couple of days. Next, are the Ice Saints called "Les Saintes Glaces" which are St. Mamertus on the 11th May, Saint Pancras on the 12th May and Saint Servatius on the 13th May. These cheeky saints will see us with a drop in temperature and maybe frost. Old timers would use these weather precautions before planting summer crops - now with global warming it seems unlikely. My French father-in-law has already planted his tomatoes, so I can take that he is not worried about the Ice Saints!! I hope you enjoyed this little story. There are lots more idioms and expressions about the weather and planting. Have a good afternoon!
A good hoeing is worth two waterings.