This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Under date of May 6th, Mr. Onderdonk, of Mission Valley, writes: "Our prospect for fruit was splendid, but on the night of April 13th, when peaches were nearly one-fourth grown, when our earliest plums were about to ripen, when dewberries had begun to grace our tables, when pears and apples were as large as my thumb, when corn was from that which was just planted to that which was twelve inches high, when for a week we had been eating green peas and new potatoes from the garden, when our grounds were bright with many thousands of roses, when the gay countenances of all kinds of vegetation were full of the mirth of a glad-hearted spring - just then a cold wave from the north swept over the land and a withering frost sadly changed our prospect. Moat of our fruit was killed. Some spots suffered less, but now the fruit crop will be extremely light all over Texas, and private letters show a similar-state of things in Northern Mexico. The past winter has been the severest I have ever seen in Texas. Our orange trees are all killed to the ground.
I am glad to say that the farming interest is not materially affected, as new crops were at once planted wherever necessary."