Even though the garden center where I buy a lot of bulbs decided to raise its prices, I still sprung for several bulbs of Fritillaria persica, because I thought they would be a valuable addition to the garden, and make a dramatic statement.
There is a small colony of these already present in the garden; the bulbs have been there for over twenty years. If they could read, they would have been dead by the end of their first year.
Fritillaria persica, and the often sympatric F. imperialis, which grow on sunny, rocky hillsides in Turkey, Iran, and adjacent areas, are said to require “humus-rich, well-drained soil” in order to thrive. Need humus to retain water, but need drainage not to retain water. Just the sort of conditions you might find on sunny, rocky slopes. No wonder the things are said to be difficult to grow.
Some people would use a bulb-planting tool for the planting operation. I use a planting spear from Way Cool Tools instead.
Looking down into the planting hole, with camera strap accidentally included, and shaft of sunlight symbolizing sudden enlightenment. Fruit of Opuntia macrocentra var. violacea just happened to be teetering on the edge of the hole, indicative of the kind of companion plants suitable for this bulb.