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.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Paperwhites . . . Finally!

The paperwhites are in bloom by 
mid January

I order the bulbs early
Keep them
until just after Christmas

Then I put them in the bulb bowls
and bulb pots.

They grow
and by mid January
through mid February
their bright white blooms
and fragrance
fill the house with the promise of Spring.

And in the order of the bulbs . . .
the paperwhites come first
Then the hyacinths
Then the outside bulbs!

This year the hyacinths beat the paperwhites by a good two weeks!

My first package, once planted, sat and sat
Not one green sprout did they sprout!

I called the company and they replaced them.

But I was at least a couple of weeks behind by that time.

Once the replacements arrived, I planted them
And they sat and sat.

I was thinking, perhaps, that this year, the bulb crop was a "dud"

But, finally, they sprouted
But instead of growing by leaps and bounds
They crept.   
Not inches per day
But centimeters  per week.

Finally, this week
They were showing some of that
leaps and bounds spirit
As their leaves would almost grow as we watched them.

This morning, 

I found this plant in bloom.

It has pride of place on the breakfast room table.

And finally, the aroma of paperwhites scent the room.

It's Seasonal Sunday and I'm sharing my paperwhites with The Tablescaper.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I love paper whites and their sweet fragrance which does not overpower me! And this year flowers seem so necessary in the house! I wonder if I cut some forsythia branches and bring them in they will bloom...Some years the cold is just too much, but we have had a lot of snow this year. I should try!

Sarah said...

I've not planted paper whites because I always plant hyacinths. I think it would be overpowering with both fragrances in the house. Enjoy yours!

Martha said...

Oh, but Sarah, I do the paperwhites and then the hyacinths -- so one follows the other -- USUALLY, I don't have both at the same time. This year the hyacinths came first, and now the paperwhites. Usually, it's the other way around.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

They look good! Enjoy the paperwhites.