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, January 11, 2015

More paperwhites

I adore paperwhites in January.     They make grey dreary January days bearable.     And I'm one of those who really like their fragrance.     January to me means the often overwhelming fragrance of paperwhites in the breakfast room!

Normally, I use bulb bowls for my paperwhites.    A green McCoy one that belonged to my grandmother (who shared the growing of paperwhites with me) and a small collection of shallow blue and white bowls that are perfect for the cultivation of paperwhites.      Three of them have "tops" that the stems grow up and through.      The other does not -- it was bought filled with Costco tulips one year and since it was (a) blue and white and (b) it was a bulb bowl, I kept it.

I've also grown them in just terra cotta pots.    I like the rustic look of the terra cotta -- especially in the breakfast room which is where the outdoor plants live in the winter!     Terra cotta seems to fit in.

But last year . . . 

At Webster House , at the end of the paperweight season, they had some great clear "vases" to grow paperwhites in.    (They even came complete with spent paperwhites -- but that's okay because they were half price!)       It was hard to wait but wait I did and the results were stupendous!     Three bulbs in the bigger "vase" and one in the smaller one!     

I like the fact that you can see the bulb and the roots and the fact that the glass sleeve keeps the foliage in check -- it doesn't flop over!

Sigh -- I should have bought a couple more but I was still in my after Christmas I shouldn't buy anything for me mode and so I just bought the two for their cost was what I had in my purse!

On the windowsill in the kitchen -- to make dreary January days less so as I wash dishes or prepare dinner.      


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Martha,
I am so admiring your paperwhites and I really need to go out and find some. Although I don't have the wonderful window sill like you do to put it in! I really like that photo, and the stain glass star. Very pretty!
Happy Sunday!

Barbara said...

These are perfect vases for paperwhites! I get frustrated with them falling over right about when they are in full bloom. These would prevent that. Hmmm, I may need to search for some :)

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those are great. I have a vase similar to these that would work--must get paperwhites next year!

Seaview said...

Oh so pretty Martha ! Lately I have been buy amaryllis bulbs around Christmas and start them about now. I just love seeing them bloom for ❤️❤️ Valentines Day ❤️❤️Anything to brighten the cold days of winter⛄️⛄️⛄️

Linda said...

I have never seen Paperwhite vases like those...where did you find them? I too get frustrated because mine fall over and constantly trying to stake them up. Today even here in the South is gray, cold and foggy...the weatherman said we wouldn't see the sun til Friday...Oh, January!!

Michelle said...

Love those jars. My husband actually suggested a couple weeks ago that we go to Webster House for lunch one of these days. We were there about a year ago and really enjoyed the ambiance. It's so cool that it used to be an old school house! If we go, I'm going to keep an eye out for those jars. If they have any, should I grab some for you?!