Whether it’s tiptoeing through tulips, singing in the rain or simply breaking that bad case of cabin fever, many people spell relief “s-p-r-i-n-g.”

Whether it’s tiptoeing through tulips, singing in the rain or simply breaking that bad case of cabin fever, many people spell relief “s-p-r-i-n-g.”

 

$109 million: Americans spent a little more than $109 million on herbaceous perennial plants in 2008, according to the Cornell University study.

 

24: Of college students planning to travel domestically for spring break, 24 percent said they planned to go to South Padre Island, Texas, according to a survey by STA Travel, a student and youth travel organization. Panama City came in second at 22 percent.

 

3,000: More than 3,000 kinds of tulips are cultivated in this country, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The flowers are cultivated in 17 states, with Washington state as the largest producer of bulbs.

 

1910: The first year a sitting president, William Howard Taft, threw out the first pitch on Opening Day to start a baseball season. The event took place that year on April 14 in Washington, D.C. Since then, 11 other presidents have opened up the Major League Baseball season by throwing out opening pitches at various ballparks.

 

52 degrees: The average temperature across the contiguous United States from March to May, from 1895 to 2009, is 52 degrees, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

18: 2009 ranked as the 18th wettest spring on record according to NOAA. Some of the states with above-average precipitation from March to May were Illinois, Florida, Alabama and Arkansas. Texas experienced one of its driest springs in recorded weather history last year.

 

$165 million: Americans spent nearly $165 million on annual bedding and garden plants in 2008, the most recent year that results were available from a study by Cornell University.

 

1784: The year that Benjamin Franklin first suggested the idea of “springing forward” in an effort to maximize use of daylight hours. While daylight saving time was observed sporadically in the United States in subsequent years, it wasn’t until 1966 when Congress established a law regulating the spring ritual, though local governments were able to opt out if they wanted, according to www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html.