What stirs the sleeping plants to spring forth from the earth? An increase in the daily amount of sunshine and the corresponding warmth of the earth signals the plant that it could be time to start. Sometimes, our hopes are thwarted with late hard freeze. Not so many years ago I recall that the trees in southern Illinois had leafed out. It was an early spring with a late frost that froze the new leaves and the leafing of the trees began all over again. I was disappointed as I think many others were as well. The early pink cherry trees are blooming. The forsythia is starting. Even the tulip magnolias and the star magnolias are beginning to bloom. I certainly hope they are not wrong.