The first frit noses are up: F. biflora F. biflora grayana, F. crassifolia kurdica and F. raddeana. They are just peeping above ground - much too early for our climate. Colchicum szovitsii 'Tivi' has joined the show, too. Acis tingitana has a scape up with a bud or two. Every day now I see snowdrop clumps I had not noticed before. And the first Eranthis hyemalis opened yesterday. No irises yet, although spathes are showing above ground on some. Arum korolkowii, which grows in a cold frame and has not yet bloomed here, is looking very lush and prosperous right now. Maybe this will be the year. Something is suddenly up in the pot of Dipcadi serotinum. But I don't think it's Dipcadi. It's a leaf which has a distinctly iridaceous look to it: pale green, flat with a raised mid rib. For Dipcadi I would expect something like a star-of-Bethlehem or Muscari. Maybe my winged or four-footed helpers did some re-arranging. Jim McKenney Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where something called snow is predicted for next week.