Well, Leo, yours seems to be following the opposite of their natural cycle. Your friend in Missouri is growing them according to it. > I leave them out all year in dappled shade and I water them all year. The > tops tend to die to the ground when it gets hot for the summer (say, over > 104F / 40C) and then resprout in the fall, growing all winter. They don't > seem to freeze in our moderate overnight frosts. > > My bulbs are from a friend in St Louis, Missouri, who digs them each fall, > stores them in her garage over the winter, and replants them in spring. > They bloom for her in early summer.