The warm weather is certainly bringing the plants on quickly in the garden this week.
This photo is of a clump of Leucojum aestivum "Gravetye Giant" which is flowering 3 weeks earlier than last year.
Leucojum is also known as the summer snowflake or Loddon lily and looks from a distance rather like a snowdrop in size, colour and grace. This variety - named in 1924 by the garden writer William Robinson after his home, Gravetye Manor - is about twice the height of the normal species and is super-model elegant.
It is a very useful bulb to have growing in Scotland as it likes having wet feet - seemingly you can even plant it as a marginal plant in a pond. It would look wonderful reflected in the water.
It also - surprise surprise - makes an excellent and long lasting cut flower. I first saw it is a magazine article about the florist Shane Connolly where he had about 30 stems simply displayed in a pottery crock. It is so elegant on its own, it doesn't really need any other embellishment.
Though one clump is flowering this week, I expect others to hold on until we open the van again on 20th.