Primula veris 'Sunset Shades,' also known as Cowslip Primrose. I find the tubular flowers and subtle colors an interesting contrast to the vivid colors and open flower shape of the primroses sold everywhere in the early spring.
Fritillaria imperialis. I don't suppose these are all that unusual, as I've seen the bulbs for sale in local garden centers. I've yet to see them in anyone's garden, though. I love them, and I'd love to try them myself.
Until this visit to the gardens, I'd never seen anything from the genus Echium before, at least not that I'd noticed. And believe me, I think I would have noticed plants that look like these:
To me, the three look something that would grow in a garden on an alien world. (Actually, they are native to the islands of Madeira, La Palma and Tenerife, respectively.)
And of course, no visit to the CBG is complete without a visit to the ducks. The plants in the water garden hadn't really gotten started yet, so the ducks weren't hanging out in their usual spot. But I managed to spy one in the pond while admiring a crabapple:
Note the shadow of the bridge, and of your blogger.