Thank you, Mary Sue. I wish I could take credit for brilliant gardening, but the fact that I bought it at Annie's Annuals suggests that it is at least relatively easy in the Bay Area, presumably because of our rainfall, as you suggest. Oakland averages about 24 inches a year, though last year was very dry, approximately 15" total. (According to SAWS, annual rainfall at Calvinia is 228mm [=8.9"]). My special techniques consist of doing nothing. It's planted in the "bulb bed", which is nothing more than a raised bed with a lot of gravel to leaven my native clay. It gets no supplemental water, and there is some Epilobium californicum (syn. Zauschneria californica) to provide shade for the bulbs, food for the hummingbirds, and something to look at for me in the summer when the bulbs are dormant. It could conceivably be sucking quite a lot of the winter water out of the soil. There are a few more photos of the plant here: http://flickr.com/search/… > ------------------------------ > > Message: 3 > Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 16:49:31 -0800 > From: Mary Sue Ittner <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Subject: Re: [pbs] Bulbinella latifolia ssp. doleritica, Lilium > bolanderi update > ... > How are you growing it? > Share your conditions.