OK, it's a weed, a terrible pest and all of that. I like it. How can you not like a plant with an ancient name, a name that sounds as if it comes out of Chaucer, dove dung? I'm tempted to erect a dovecote in the garden and plant the area under it with Ornithogalum umbellatum as a sort of visual pun. I wonder how many people would get it. Jim McKenney Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where we are enjoying some of the best days the garden and local countryside have to offer all year: mock oranges, honeysuckles, wisteria, black locust, Paulownia, peonies, roses, early Dianthus and tall bearded iris are providing wonderful color and fragrance, and poppies are providing grace, color and a reminder of how fleeting it all is.