At 12:28 9/03/03 -0500, you wrote: >Here is the real first step of spring in my book. > Arnold, I will have the first Galanthus opening here in about a month, and that is in Autumn. Galanthus reginae-olgae, followed by G. peshmenii both flower mid and late April onwards, followed by some of the named clones starting in early June. These sort of throw the "spring" out of snowdrops <grin>. Myself, I just love the extension of the flowering season as we get the Galanthus flowering from mid April until late September. Cheers. Paul Tyerman Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9 mailto:email@example.com Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!