I have four clones of Eranthis, and the one I've had the longest is always weeks later than the others. There is no sign of it yet. Maybe you should beg a plant from the garden you mentioned that has early ones. It might be the plant, not the place. Diane Whitehead Victoria, British Columbia, Canada maritime zone 8, cool Mediterranean climate mild rainy winters, mild dry summers On 14-Feb-09, at 1:40 PM, Jim McKenney wrote: > For some reason the winter aconites here are always late. ........ > There is a local garden where the front > yard in season is full of winter aconites, and they are always in > bloom well before mine.