flakily predicting flakes

I once read in a farmer’s almanac that heavily-laden berry bushes foretell a harsh winter.

It was either a farmer’s almanac or an old wives’ tale.

But some fairly folksy saying that — my entire life — I have used as a country crystal ball for forecasting the coming cold and snow. Or lack thereof.

It depends on the berries.

But here is what I would like to know.

When it comes to “heavily laden” . . .

. . . how do you know?

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