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. Their white flowers, long green leaves and saffron-coloured stamens brighten these long and cold winter days.
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.
To me, this is the perfect juxtaposition – cheery white flowers against the cold white snow!