Dear All, The latestwintergrowing species flowering at this time of the year here are the Californiana genera of Calochortus, Triteleia, Bloomeria, Brodeaia (with the Alliums flava, thunbergii, carinatum). The last south african species have allready gone 2-3 weeks ago. Is there something specific in the Californian climate which has evolved this late flowering caracteristic? Kind greetings from the South of France where we are busy lifting our bulbs Lauw de Jager http://www.bulbargence.com/ South of France (zone 8 Olivier) Coord. Geogr.(GPS): 43°42' 43" N 4° 32' 12" E "Most plants bloom at the beginning of the growing season, and their developing seeds have the advantage of clement conditions. " How can you assume that the best conditions for developing seeds is in the beginning? Climates around the world are so varied".