Dear All, Because of the drought and the warm autumn, flowering is not very abundant, but more spread out. In flower at the moment in the ground outside are: Crocus goulimyi (amongst others) Nerine 'Afterglow", Amarine, Zephyranthus candida, Cyclamen hederifolium , africanum, Narcissus serotinus N taz etta 'Paperwhite in bud), Oxalis 5 species , Dahlia imperialis has aready buds since last weekend and will flower well ahead of schedule. Sine September Anredera cordifolia has been flowering. This amazing rather invasive climber is now showing off its 'plumes' of white flowers in the top of a cypress tree at a height of 12m (yes 40ft!) At last we are enjoying a heavy rainshower. Greetings, Lauw de Jager http://www.bulbargence.com/ South of France (zone 8 Olivier) Coord. Geogr.(GPS): 43°42' 43" N 4° 32' 12" E > Crocus sativus has a few leaves visible. Flowers should follow soon > and I'l pick enough Saffron for a pot of rice. It is said that fresh > saffron doesn't produce as strong a flavor as dried saffron, but it > is still wonderful. Last year I bought some saffron in a small town > in Tibet - Himalayan Saffron. The shopkeeper must have had a nearly a > pound of it and it was stored in a large air-tight glass container. > When the top was removed to serve me, the scent was tremendous and > filled the small shop. A fond memory. > > Surely someone else has some fall bulbs in bloom. I wish I > could grow Crocus goulimyi here.