After much delay, the Lycoris came into flower in the Chicago area. Lycoris squamigera and sanguinea bloomed at the same time - usually sanquinea is a bit earlier. L. chinensis put on a good show but the star of the season was L. longiflora - a single bulb planted about 5 years ago produced 6 flower spikes and is just now finishing up. Very excited to hear of Colchicum starting to come into flower in other areas. I divided up the Colchicum obtained from Janus Ruksans several years ago and replanted them in drifts across the rock garden in the front yard and as well as in the mixed border. Weather forecast calls for some significant cooling this week - fall is on the way! Boyce Tankersley Chicago - where what the meterologists are referring to as a 'flash drought' has settled in, negating all of the soil moisture received during a very wet summer.