> "I also have a mystery - for the last two years I have had 3 bulbs of > Sternbergia colchiciflora that are large and healthy and have set seed every > year. But I have never seen a flower! I am always looking for flowers but > never find them, but a month or two later a really large seed pod appears on > each plant. Any idea what is going on?" Certainly some frits. Try to flower on "very" short stems if they are kept too dry over winter, presumably they have not formed a proper root system and cannot get enough water. Then there is scilla mistchschenkoana which flowers as it emerges; this too if kept dry in a forgotten pot, is in flower underground, but with a multihead stem you don't notice the loss of the first flower. Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8, but no longer relevant. Large flowered clematis about to open above the snowdrops aconites and hellebores.