As the vernal equinox passed at 12:32pm CST here in central Illinois marking the true beginning of spring, our temperatures hovered around 50°F with overcast skies. The springlike weather we've enjoyed the past few days has been put into a holding pattern by a cold front moving across the Midwest. The plants in our garden seem to be in stasis today, waiting for the next batch of warm air to revitalize their growth upward and outward.
Even though our first day of spring in the heartland hasn't been picture-perfect, many of the plants are a ready to burst forth when warmer temperatures return later this week.
Spring may have been put into a holding pattern by this weather front that dropped snow as close by as Chicago, but it won't be long before the spring bulbs will bring their full cheer and color to celebrate the coming of the new season.