especially the Fritillaria meleagris - snakeshead fritillary
May be it was the milder winter minus snow or hard frosts
I love my Fritillaries and always look forward to their Spring arrival
Charles Rennie Mackintosh admired them too
It was when he spent a year living in Walberswick, Suffolk that he first saw them growing and where he did his painting
Snakeshead fritallaries are classic hay meadow flowers which have suffered as a result of modern agricultural methods and no longer survive in the quantities that they did. However, there is a meadow close to us that is occupied by 80% of the wild fritillaries in this country, a meadow which has always been treated traditionally. The meadow is in C9th Saxon town Cricklade lying beside the infant river Thames. Although my fritillaries are nearly over, the meadow ones tend to flower much later and will be coming into bloom in a couple of weeks until the end of the month.
If you are travelling in southern Oxfordshire and would like to see them you can find more information here.