Here on the SW coast of Washington, late spring bulbs are just finishing off (Nectarscordum, some tall Ornithogalums ), a few onions are underway, and later Alliums, Lilium, Crinums and Amaryllis belladonna are yet to start. I have three largish Crinum x powellii, which for some reason survived snow, hail, heavy rain, even more snow, and generally prolonged cold wet conditions last winter. All were killed back to the main bulb, and a Crinum 'Hanibal's Dwarf' nearby did die, but these three eventually put up new leaves and started growing again. Amazing. I was sure they were going to be the stars of my Winter 2009 Ex Plant List. No sign of flower buds on them yet this year, but just surviving last winter was wonderful. Pacifica iris finally quit flowering about a week ago, and seed pods are forming. Speaking of seed pods, I was watching several Erythronium & Tulipa pods ripen, and about two days before I planned to pick them, local deer neatly nipped them off. I know, a dog, a fence, either would help with this situation. . . they really like Calochortus too, very tasty to a deer, and interplanting alliums does not deter the deer at all. Summer being the time for vacations, I also met a PBS member in person this week, Dave Brastow, from Olympia, WA, who was down on the beach for the 4th of July weekend. He came bearing gifts: Trillium ovatum, several Erythroniums, and a mystery iris seedling, along with a young Scadoxus seedling--the name of which I still need to get from him, if he reads this. Kathleen On the Pacific NW coast in Summer, where the tourists are swarming and foggy days alternate with sun.