A lone tulip shows through the ground on the first day of spring, March 20, 2013, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A lone tulip shows through the ground on the first day of spring, March 20, 2013, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

I’m not complaining. Really. But by now, on March 20, the first day of spring, I would have hoped Iowa would look and feel a bit more springlike.

Instead, snow covers the ground, temperatures are in the teens and we do have a “nice” March breeze, or more accurately, frigid gusty winds.¬† I think many of us are a bit tired of the cold, but I do prefer the gradual warmup over what happened last year.

In 2012, we enjoyed balmy temperatures in the 70s in mid-March, only to be hit by a late frost after our trees, flowers and bushes were in full bloom. I know our apple growers felt the hit in poor production last year.

Let’s hope for this gradual trend to stay on track the rest of the spring. I found one tulip out of the ground today. What are you seeing where you live?