So the first day of “official” spring was this past Thursday—but when is spring really? Well, that depends on who you ask. In the United States, spring begins on the Vernal Equinox (on or about March 20/21) and ends on the Summer Solstice. In Virginia we are so lucky to have seasons, but it doesn't mean Mother Nature doesn't get it mixed up sometimes. To me it truly equals spring when the bare tree branches of winter give way to budding green leaves.
The warming temperatures and increased daylight spur the growth of new leaves on trees, causing a burst of green from Earth's plant life that gives the season its signature color. Then spring has sprung!