Yup, me and Old Nick get along just fine! I do have a greenhouse but it only houses potted Onco seedlings until they are 2 years old, at which point they go outside. I put the covers on the Onco bed last weekend - good job because we just got 6" of rain in 2 days. They are nice and dry and will stay that way until mid-September. Spent today potting up paeony seedlings - they look great. Best, J. John T Lonsdale PhD 407 Edgewood Drive, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341, USA Home: 610 594 9232 Cell: 484 678 9856 Fax: 801 327 1266 Visit "Edgewood" - The Lonsdale Garden at http://www.edgewoodgardens.net/ USDA Zone 6b >or similar localities? And how does John Lonsdale manage to grow so >many of these (difficult) Irises so well in not the ideal climate? >Inquiring minds... pact with the devil? :-) just kiddin... he's done lots of research and tries to give them what they need to stay happy. it also helps to have a greenhouse where you can control the amount of water they receive in the summer months... i think john has one of those ? not sure.