January 20, 2014

Paperwhites

It’s at this time of year, deep in the winter, that I find I need a bit of cheering up. Paperwhite narcissus bulbs are just the ticket for that cheer. Paperwhites have a very distinctive scent and there are two schools of thought that: the people who hate the smell, thinking that it is akin to the scent of cat pee, and those, like me, who love the peppery scent. IMG_3798Their white flowers, long green leaves and saffron-coloured stamens brighten these long and cold winter days.

Paperwhites are simple to grow. All you need are some stones or glass pebbles, a container of pretty much any sort, and a couple of bulbs, which are widely available for a dollar or so apiece. image

I use single teacups, small bowls, pitchers and jugs, and about anything that can hold the bulbs and water – probably three inches or taller.

I usually get a dozen or so bulbs in December and plant a few at a time, waiting until each bulb has bloomed and then starting new ones. I keep them in the office and at home – anywhere that I will see them frequently. IMG_3799

To me, this is the perfect juxtaposition – cheery white flowers against the cold white snow!

16 comments:

  1. Admire your aesthetic. My antidote to deep mid-winter is a Sara Lee cheesecake and a bottle of Pinch.

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    1. Well.... there may be a little of that, too!

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    1. They're sort of a similar scent to gardenias and freesia.

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  3. adore paperwhites + they mean Christmas, winter to me. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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    1. To me, it's more just winter than Christmas!

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  4. I love paperwhites. I have never grown them, I'm intimated somehow...

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  5. I am in the love school also . Do you know about giving them a tot of gin or vodka to keep them a bit shorter? It works like magic!

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    1. A little gin for the plants, a little gin for me. Repeat as often as necessary.

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  6. I love Paperwhites. My mother always had a few by the fireplace this time of year.

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    1. I have friends who use them as cut flowers and they last forever!

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  7. Yes I got some this year for the first time but they're taking forever to bloom! I put one lone bulb in a teacup but it tipped over :-( I guess it got too leggy.

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  8. Mine are growing beautifully Meg, love them this time of year!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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