The honour for first bloomer in the garden this year goes to Brunnera 'Jack Frost'. I really like the Brunnera with its forget-me-not blue flowers and variegated foliage. Grown in the shade, this early bloomer wakes up the garden and then goes on to give a great foliage show with that variegated foliage. Easy to grow if you give it woodland soil. I hope it likes this first-flower award this year because it's in for serious competition next year from the primula and double bloodroot that are just now being established.
But for now, I'm enjoying this blue flowering plant and the first of my perennials to bloom in the new garden.