Indeed, the first blooms of Fritillaria pudica do mean that Spring is upon us. Actually, I spotted this on the 13th if you are keeping track. Since I couldn't figure out how to get Ear Mountain in the background we didn't get to see it then.
Oh, and we had one entrant in the Fabulous Prize competition. "Bored to tears with this searies." Pretty much sums up the attitude of all Strange-Trippers, so I guess it is a winner!