The increase in daytime temperatures and raised light levels stimulate the early flowering plants into growth. The primrose, the "Prima rosa" or first rose of the year is a well-known symbol of spring and especially of Easter. For generations, bunches have been picked to decorate churches after the long weeks of Lent. To the left of the photo is Polemonium caeruleum, ‘Apricot Delight.’ Its pinnate leaves are arranged like steps on a ladder hence it's common name Jacob's ladder, and the lilac-blue flowers have apricot yellow centres. A prolific self-seeder, this plant started life three seasons ago in one small pot in another border and now grows all over my garden. To the middle of the photo are the beautiful grape hyacinths, Muscari "Blue Angels" with their two-tone blue flowers and equally prolific lifestyle.