At 08:51 PM 9/8/2004 +0200, Angelo Procelli wrote: this is the order of apparition of >the '"characters" of the little spring ( which would be the autumn in >Mediterranean climate) in my area: ...Scilla autumnalis There is another autumn blooming squill which has already bloomed in my Maryland garden: Scilla scilloides (aka S. chinensis). To me, this does not look much like a squill, but it does look like what I would expect a deciduous Liriope to look like. I can't imagine anyone getting too excited about it, but it is an interesting addition to the comparatively scanty repertoire of late summer blooming bulbs. By the way, Angelo, what is the Italian word for the "little spring"? Is it something like La Primaverella? La Primaverina? L' Autunnello? Jim McKenney firstname.lastname@example.org Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where, glad as I am to see the late summer flowering bulbs, I can't wait until summer is over.