Modest input on several recent topics: 1. Earlier this year I decided that I am going to have to grow much more Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' notwithstanding my reluctance to water in the summer. Thanks for the tip, Jim, I will look into the 'mystics' as well. 2. I'm enjoying my first Colchicum bloom ever! ('Glory of Heemstede', from Russell Stafford). No idea why they didn't bloom last year. Also blooming is a Eucomis -- I think vandermerwei, but I have lost track of which is which, and I have had trouble blooming these as well. Perhaps related to my approach to summer water. 3. I am going to try to get up to UCBG this week, in which case I will photograph the Brunsvigias in addition to attempting to purchase their offspring. Best, Max Withers Oakland CA where there was uncommonly early rain and even thunder this weekend.