As nice as the weather has been this past week, I am still waiting to plant my tomatoes. We still have to get through the Three Frozen Kings. That happens May 12th, 13th and 14th.
The Three Frozen Kings or the Three Kings is a Czech legend that warns us to protect tender plants against a late frost. I have come across various spellings, but it involves three kings or saints who were frozen when the temperatures dropped while they were fishing at sea. Pankrac or Pankrak is on May 12, Servac or Seriac on May 13 and Boniface or Bonfac on May 14. On May 15, St. Zofie or Queen Sophia comes to their rescue by defrosting them with her watering can or a kettle of hot water, depending on which story you hear.
It is a good reminder to keep from starting my garden too early. Or, I can face the consequences if I ignore such sage advice.