Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


In the fall, when bulbs are in the stores, we buy two sacks of paperwhites -- not to plant in the garden nor to have blooming by Christmas.

Instead, we prefer to start the bulbs in mid December so that by the time the Christmas decorations come down, they are at least in bud.

We don't plant all of the bulbs at once, preferring to space plantings about 2 weeks apart.

We do our plantings in sets of three --

because two of the pots are for the breakfast room sideboard

While the third is for the breakfast room table. The first set are planted in the blue and white "bulb bowl". I'd like to have another, and perhaps some day I shall. It was bought at a museum shop on a vacation years ago for it's a reproduction of an old Colonial bulb bowl.

The small white blooms of the paperwhites and their fragrance fill the breakfast room for most of January and February. Giving us the promise that spring will come!

The breakfast room is also the "nursery" where we nurture the bulbs until they're ready for their show!!!

And because they were forced, the bulbs are a "toss away" -- they can't be planted to bloom again. But in the middle of January and in February when it's often very cold and some days snowy, their bloom and fragrance is much welcomed at Linderhof -- short-lived though they may be.

It's Wednesday and although the paperwhites are inside they are really outside plants and so I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday and since they are paperwhites, I'm joining Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a great thing to have post christmas!

Pondside said...

I think you're right - there's enough to look at and enjoy at Christmas. It's at this time of year that we need the jolt of fragrance and blossom.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH, I want some of those!
What a great idea, I wonder if it's too late to find some.
Grea post Martha!

Martha said...

Often, you can find them on sale after Christmas -- for the WM often carries them along with the amaryllis -- and if you find some, I'd plant them!

On Crooked Creek said...

There's just something so refreshing and tranquil about the showy delicate white blossoms of paperwhites!Their fragrance is powerfully alluring and yet, it makes one feel that the freshness of Spring is at hand.Thank you for this inspirational post.

Reggie Darling said...

One does so adore paperwhites. Ours are now over, and only one of our amaryllis (white not red, ever) still has blooms on it. I am forcing hyacinths (can't remember if they are blue or white, I shall see), but they won't blossom for at least several weeks. And then I look forward to forcing branches of quince from the garden. One does adore forcing spring's early arrival indoors!

From the Kitchen said...

Truly paperwhites speak spring to me--and I love them to "talk" in January!! I've only planted them for our enjoyment indoors--never outdoors though I'm sure they would be quite nice. I love your's shown off in your blue and white pots.


Donnie said...

They are just gorgeous.

Lottie said...

Martha, the paperwhites are beautiful!

Sarah said...

I'm waiting for the bulbs I planted to make an appearance. Love these beauties! ~ Sarah

Fishtail Cottage said...

love your post - inviting you over to link up to Cottage Flora Thursdays...xoox