Lily of the Valley is tricky to grow in Southern California. It can be hit or miss due to our warmer climate. This year I went to White Flower Farm (dot) com and purchased the pre-chilled pips guaranteed to bloom. Lily of the Valley is special to me due to the fact that my Grandmother had them growing all over the front of her house next to the walkway. So this year I was not going to go without the pleasure of being able to take in that oh so nostalgic aroma that transports me back in time to my Grandmother's house. As promised, they bloomed profusely.