Mike & Mary Sue, Thank you for sharing all your suggestions; You've certainly given me much to consider, and it looks like it will take me many seasons of experimenting to find what works. I hope to make an order with California Native Bulbs when their 2012 season starts. I'd like to try some trillium (I grew up with the east coast varieties, and looking at it makes me nostalgic). I'm a bit discouraged (though not entirely surprised) to hear about the calochortus (sp?) likely not doing well. I'll still give it a try, and plant all these in wire baskets in the ground (like I am for all my other non-bulb plants) to provide some minimal protection from gophers. How often do native species show up in the BX?