I bought some Freesias in the spring last year and planted them in a wooden planter. All spring and summer, I didn't see any signs of life, even though they got watered regularly. Then in the fall of last year, they started to grow. They stayed green all winter, probably because (a) I had them on my porch, and (b) it was a mild winter here. They flowered in the spring this year as expected, then died down.
It's now October and they're sprouting again!
We had cool and wet springs here both years, but the summers were very different: last year stayed cool for most of the summer, while this year was warm and the good weather lasted until early October.
Why would they be doing this? Is there anything that I can do to get them on a normal "grow in spring" schedule? And since I can't count on another mild winter, what can I do to protect them (the planter is a bit too big and outdoorsy to be taken indoors)?