as I am no gardener, but today, whilst travelling in the hills behind Nairn, I saw a foxglove in full bloom. It was at the side of a road about 200m above sea level, in a mature woodland area. The temperature in the area has not been above 5C for a long time. Before Grandad asks, No, I hadn't been on the hard stuff. Is it normal for these flowers to bloom so early? PS also saw a beautiful stoat in ermine strolling along a road.
There may be very local circumstances that caused this plant to flower. It may have been in danger of some sort. Plants exist to reproduce so, if they 'feel' threatened, they will sometimes rush to try and produce seed. I've seen a giant hogweed flower when only about a foot high because it was getting late in the season.
If you saw this from a road, it might be that the verge it was on was cut last year preventing it from flowering and it has taken the lengthening days as its chance to get into flower.
FM Seems reasonable, the council hedge masher was around there recently, carefully pruning any hedge, branch, fence post, or tree trunk less than 2 feet in circumference. The area always looks like a war zone after their visits.
Brumas, your scientifically reasoned response seems to be slightly awry; it does seem to be some form of bull, but rushes is not the word I would use ;-)