Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue' is the first of the ipheions to flower this year. It has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit though it is more a pale lilac-purple than blue. "Charlotte Bishop" was first up last year and very much earlier. The plants with their onion fragrance are reliable but too untidy if planted in rich soil. I'll have to remember to starve them a little this year. They look best in a mass of colour which as yet is not the case. At this time of year I take what comes so here is the first bloom.