At this point in the winter, the very IDEA of flowers makes me so crazy, that I spent $25 on one of the above bulbs at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, after a bit of chat with the superbly knowledgable young guy whose uncle owns Dutch bulb wholesaler Doornbosch Brothers.
It's a purple-striped crinum, hardy only to Zone 9, but I've been assured, it will do fine in a pot. Do I even really care? At this stage of winter, the very IDEA of a purple-striped crinum that produces dozens of flowers when it blooms is intoxicating. So necessary, that it's worth stuffing a smelly 15-pound bulb into the luggage.
Doornbosch Brothers had loads of other cool things not really obtainable from conventional channels, including the giant disks of hardy cyclamen above. To me, this kind of shopping is the whole point of a flower show. I don't understand why more plant vendors aren't at them.