All of this was in my garden in the middle of the Midwest. Now I am out in the desert and determined to continue growing these favourites if at all possible. All indications are that it is possible. So last autumn I selected the little species Narcissus canaliculatus as the best place to begin. Origin unknown, N. canaliculatus is believed to be affiliated with N. tazetta, supposedly the most reliable narcissus category for growing in low-chill regions. The catalogue (McClure and Zimmerman) described it as liking a summer's baking! I thought I could certainly provide for that preference.
Having planted the bulbs, I waited. And as spring came round, I watched. And nothing happened.
Well, I will keep the embarassing part of this story short. In an inane fit of over-enthusiasm, I had planted the bulbs much too deep. Much, much too deep. The error was probably exacerbated by dirt flowing back in from the edges of the watering ring which I carefully threw up around the bulb patch. For a month or two I have attempted to dig the planting area deeper so as to give the stalks a chance to meet the sunshine.
And a few have done so. A couple have even sent up their darling miniature flower clusters, replete with more than miniature scent - so long as you are willing to get to their level, which must be all of five inches (12.7 cm) high.
The two clusters have just now given out, which means they lasted for about a week. They did not appear to suffer at all from the dry air or from the temperatures, which haven't been too bad, mostly in the low 80s F (27 C). Another bud has emerged from another little cluster of leaves, so it is possible I may get one more flowering stalk.
In the meantime, here are a few more pictures...