Many bulbs have evolved in hot, dry climates. They wait for spring or autumn rains to begin growth, then flower and set seed before conditions become hostile again. A few, such as our native fritillaria melegaris, enjoy moister growing conditions. Another member of the same family, fritillaria reuteri, revels in wet spots. Here it is, growing in a muddy steam in Iran, and flowering in early April.
So this permanent moisture is what I am trying to replicate. Living in southern Britain, we get more dry summers than wet ones, so a bit of lateral thinking is required. Last autumn, I planted a bulb in a Long Tom flower pot, and placed it on a brick platform in the edge of my pond so that the bottom couple of inches were in the water. A couple of weeks ago, this happened:
I love it when an experiment is successful.