George, do you grow Nerine bowdenii and N. sarniensis? And if so, do they bloom regularly for you? Both grow well in a cold frame for me here in zone 7a Maryland, but they are very erratic about blooming. Nerine sarniensis has been outside in that cold frame 24/7/365 since 2005. It has bloomed three times during that period. Amaryllis belladonna has been in the same frame for just as long and has become a corpulent space hog - and has yet to bloom even once. Jim McKenney firstname.lastname@example.org Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone 7 My Virtual Maryland Garden http://www.jimmckenney.com/ <http://www.jimmckenney.com/> BLOG! http://mcwort.blogspot.com/ Webmaster Potomac Valley Chapter, NARGS Editor PVC Bulletin http://www.pvcnargs.org/ <http://www.pvcnargs.org/> Webmaster Potomac Lily Society http://www.potomaclilysociety.org/ <http://www.potomaclilysociety.org/> .