Cathy C. wrote: >>Just hiked back down to check on the Amaryllis belladonnas from Les Hannibal. It's interesting that you're getting some whites in bloom first. They tend to bloom last for me. I have two medium pinks in bloom (nothing special), and one that's darker pink and has a higher bud-count (unfortunately the flowers are narrower than typical, and all point to one side). At least eight more bulbs are in bud, including an excellent and very reliable dark pink from the old BioQuest bulb operation (the individual flowers on that one are a little smaller than some varieties, but the color is intense and the flower head is more spherical than most). Four of the bulbs in bud, and the three in bloom currently, are from the big digging trip to Mr. Hannibal's place. There doesn't appear to be any pattern to which ones are blooming -- some are in moister areas, some are in very dry soil. Several in the richest and moistest soil do not show signs of flowers yet. I obtained some bulbs from Mr. Hannibal in 1998 and have been playing around with crossing them ever since. Today I dug up all of the 1999 crosses (21 different combinations). All but three of the crosses have survived. The bulbs range in size from slightly smaller than golf balls to less than a marble (grrr). At this rate, it will be another 2-3 years at least before any of them bloom. In one area of the seedling bed, the soil is kept fairly constantly moist by runoff from the neighbor's watering. The bulbs in this area may be a little larger than the others, and they sure don't look like they suffered from being wet all summer for the last three years. Sad news: When we all made the digging trip to Mr. Hannibal's place, one of his daughters pointed me to a seed head and said, "that one's a reverse bicolor." I wasn't sure what a reverse bicolor Multiflora would look like, but I hung onto the seeds and planted them in a safe place. Several of them sprouted, but when I checked today it looks like none have survived. Ah well, there are plenty of other strange experiments to try. For the last two years, I have been trying to get pollen of various Nerines to set seeds on the Multifloras. I have had no success at all, so this year I am trying a trick suggested by someone online -- I used an X-Acto knife to cut the style short, and dabbed stored pollen directly on the stub. Fortunately, the neighbors could see none of this. Otherwise I'd probably be writing to you from a padded cell. Anyone who wants some pollen from these flowers is welcome to contact me privately. I'd love to get some Brunsvigia pollen to see if it'll take on the flowers here (I'm growing my own Brunsvigias, but from what I hear it'll be another decade or so before they give me any pollen). Mike San Jose, CA (zone 9, min temp 20F) PS: I was down in San Diego with my family a couple of weeks ago. The Wild Animal Park had lots of Amaryllis and Crinum in bloom at that time.