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Paperwhites

Thursday, January 5, 2012

It never fails...


As soon as the greenery comes down and all of the Christmas stuff goes back to the attic, the paperwhites go from this...


to this.  I normally stagger my plantings beginning in the fall so that I have a constant supply of bloomers, but this year I was a bit off schedule.


That is OK though because now that the house feels sparse from all of the extras being put away, these pretty flowers fill the space.  They remind me of the new year and the promise of a fresh start.

32 comments:

  1. paper whites are my favorite thing at this time of year. they are crisp and white and the perfect transition from holiday decor to the hope of spring to come...yours look lovely!

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  2. They look so pretty. I wish I thought I could grow those as I love seeing them very much..
    that table they are sitting on is a beauty too...

    xoxo
    Sonny

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  3. They are beautiful, even is the timing is a bit off. A nice way to start the new year.

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  4. I stagger my bulbs but this year they were all off. They took for ever to bloom and I didn't change a thing from prior years. Oh, they will be beautiful just in time for Valentines day :)

    Jo

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  5. The house always looks so empty when Christmas gets put away. How nice to have your paperwhites to fill the void. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Your owl planter is so cute!! I have yet to have a year post-kids that I get my bulbs planted... maybe that should be my 2012 resolution...

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  7. Love the paperwhites and they look great in the white containers! I love the extra space after all the Christmas decor comes down!
    Debbie

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  8. Nothing says Holidays to me more than the scent of paperwhites. Mine were lovely, although once again way too tall and ungainly. I ended up "picking" the last few and putting them in a blue and white ginger jar. They are a lovely addition in my new powder room.

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  9. Have you ever tried adding a little vodka to the water you use? I tried it last year to try to keep mine from getting to leggy and requiring help to stand up. It worked OK, but I didn't get the bloom that I wanted. I've heard there are other options out there. Happy New Year Rene! Looking forward to your 2012 projects!

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  10. The burlap ties are a great idea! I planted some paperwhites for the first time this year and now that they're all tall some of the stalks have started to fall.

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  11. they are so sweet and simple! and yes- a nice reminder!

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  12. Paperwhites are the perfect pick-me-up for these gray winter days!

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  13. Ava, yes I have tried adding alcohol. Sometimes it makes a difference and sometimes it doesn't. Either way, I love the flowers :)

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  14. It does seem that way here too... But at least your bloomed... I only have good luck outside...

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  15. I love paperwhites but they make me sneeze! No other flower makes me sneeze but they do and I cannot figure out why...so we plant amaryllis bulbs and they are still blooming. Your paperwhites are soooo pretty!

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  16. Rene-
    Love the way you have them tied with burlap. Beautiful.
    Now you have something to enjoy after all the madness.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  17. They are always so beautiful. I need to hop on board with those next year.

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  18. beautiful! I've missed having paperwhites for a few years now, but I finally got 3 (as in bulbs!) planted :) Not even blooming yet, but finally growing. They always look so pretty in milk glass. Love it.

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  19. So pretty, Rene. I've got to plant those next year. I love the simplicity of them. Your owl planter is fun!

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  20. Perfect flower for the winter months! Love them!

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  21. I love paperwhites!! I just always forget to buy them and plant them at the right time! When do you plant yours?

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  22. Andi, I normally plant a few October, November, & December so that they overlap. Here is a link to "care"
    http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/growing-paperwhite-narcissus-bulbs.html

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  23. I've never had a paper white... but I love them. I'm really going to have to try them out for myself!

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  24. I love paperwhites - mine happen to be in a slump right now - oh well!I love the milkglass pieces you have yours in.

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  25. I've found that by putting the bulbs into tall glass vases and pitchers, I don't have the "falling over" problem! They stay nice and upright, with the vase to hold them. I put in a few dark shiny stones then the bulbs....
    In any case, they are truly one of my favorites!

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  26. This is my first year growing them and I'm really enjoying them. A lot of people say they don't like the scent so I was worried about that but now they're in full bloom, I think they're fine. It's certainly a unique scent and if people grew up with their mothers and grandmothers planting them, it would certainly bring wonderful memories flooding back.

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  27. I did not get around to planting paperwhites this year. I got so focused on my various amaryllis plants that I missed my opportunity. They are lovely René!

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  28. I love bulbs of all kinds! I love watching them sprout up.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels like their home is sparce after the holidays!

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  29. Love that little peak into your pretty kitchen with the paperwhites elevated in the corner. A perfect spot for them, I think.
    Camille

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  30. I just threw all but
    one away yesterday......
    Guess the party is
    truly over : )
    Have a wonderful
    weekend, Rene!

    xx Suzanne

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  31. Ah, I saw some of these in Target the other day and was SO tempted to get them. I don't have the best luck with plants though, but yours look beautiful!

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