I have been hoping and struggling for a long time to share this stage of this flower with you.
Unfortunately after this it shrivels up and leaves a thick woody stalk behind as Spring arrives.
So (for those who did not see it in my previous posts) here is a photo of the bud …
and then later on it was covered with a little snow…
but finally I can show you the small flowers which come out in the final stage. The flower head has divided as it stretched up and this is what remains. It is quite small in comparison with the original bud which was enormous.