Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. 
~Rainer Maria Rilke

Today is the first day of Spring!
So I took my littlest on a walk to see if we could find evidence of it.
And we did!

 Our daffodils have started blooming

 Lenten Roses always grace us with their presence even in the midst of cold.

 Our fruit trees have little blooms.

And we gathered a little sampling of each to press between pages of a book.

20 Spring fun facts

20 Spring fun facts! It is still cold where I am, but I just couldn't resist thinking of spring, so I have compiled 20 fun facts for spring.

1. If you stand at the equator on the first day of spring, you will see the sun pass directly over head. This is only true two times a year; the first day of spring and the first day of Autumn.

2. Popular Spring blooms include tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, iris, daisies, and lilies.

3. Often though the first bloom to be seen is a dandelion :) Dandelions first came from Asia, and now calls the entire world home. I can be used both as a food and a medicine and the seeds provide and important food to many small birds.

4. Common animals and insects associated with sprint are: rabbits, eagles, frogs, hummingbirds, robins, deers, foxes, bears, bees, butterflies, and ladybugs.

5. An area along the California and Oregon border between the Harbor-Brookings bench of Oregon and the Smith River area of California is often called the “Easter Lily Capital of the World” as it produces 95 percent of all bulbs grown in the world for the potted Easter lily market which is more than 11 million bulbs each year.

6. Baby birds learn to sing. Baby birds are born with the ability to sing, but they must learn the specific songs of their species. They are thought to acquire these songs between 10 to 60 days of age and begin to sing them the next spring when they have matured at about 300 days old.

7. Arbor Day celebrated on the last Monday in April; however, each state can select its own date, depending on weather conditions. The first Arbor Day Celebration was held on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska.

8. Spring fever is real! Commonly occurring when a sudden warm spell follows a long cold period. When the temperature rises, there's a dilation or expansion of the blood vessels so that blood can be carried to the body surface where heat can be lost quickly. Some people experience an energetic feeling to this reaction.

9. Spring cleaning often accompanies spring fever. And with the warmer weather windows and doors can be open which allows ventilation for dusting and the fumes of cleaning products. It has been suggested that spring cleaning dates back to the Persian New Year where they practice "Khoneh Tekouni" which means "Shaking the house". Another possibility of the origin can be traced to the ancient Jewish of cleansing the home in anticipation of passover.

10. Emeralds represent spring, rebirth, hope, peace, and tranquility.

11. "June Brides" are not as common as they use to be. Historically June has always been the most popular month for weddings. The word June even comes from Juno the Roman goddess of marriage. However, The American National Center for Health Statistics show that July and August for the last couple of years have each have seen more marriages than June.

12. Flooding becomes more common in spring due to snow melt and spring rains.

13. Hurricane season begins in late spring.

14. Seasonal allergies in the spring are a problem for 30-60 million in the U.S. alone. The culprits are often pollen, including tree pollen, and mold.

15. Fleas! become more active as it gets warmer and at the same time your pet is more interested in going outside. Spring time is a great time to make sure you have a defense plan.

16. Animals wake from hibernation and are seen more frequently. Animals that hibernate include: ground squirrels, hedgehogs, bears, bats, and even a bird; the Common Poorwill

17. Birds fly back northward to settle and have their families. Approximately 1800 of the world's 10,000 bird species are long-distance migrants.

18. Butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season.

19. Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon. Which is close to the first Sunday after first full moon after Spring begins. And so the date Easter is celebrated can range from March 22 through April 25th.

20. Spring ends and summer starts around the 20/21st of June.

(sources: national hurricane center, national weather center, animal planet, everyday health, ehow, wikipedia where sources noted, the american national health statistics, starlingtalk.com.)

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