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.

Friday, January 8, 2016

From Christmas Trees to Paperwhites

Every January

Paperwhites on the breakfast room table -- January 2015

Paperwhites grace the breakfast room (and sometimes the dining room) table
during January

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan . . . 
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter long ago

The paperwhites brighten those bleak midwinter days,
My first two planters which I started today
(I usually start them right before Christmas
so that by this time in January, I have blooms!
Alas, not this year!)

I love these bulb bowls
Bought years and years ago on a trip to Washington D.C.
In the museum shop store at the Washington Cathedral.

Each holds 5 bulbs and they make a pretty display when they're blooming,
which will be by the end of January!
I have another dozen bulbs that I'll plant in a week or so
So that I'll have blooming flowers in the house through February.

Besides the blooms, I also like the fragrance of the flowers.
I love the smell of the breakfast room when I come down in the morning.


Bernideen said...

Mine just keep getting taller - no blooms yet. Yes, you are so right, they really help us "get through" the winter!

Angela McRae said...

"Bulb bowls." I've never even heard of these, and now I want one! I've grown paperwhites only once. I've had a hard time finding them here in my neck of the woods. Lucky you!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Reading your blog for a number of years and seeing how you observe certain lovely customs as the seasons parade before us, I think of Yeats poem, "A Prayer for my Daughter" and the lines, "How but in custom and in ceremony
Are innocence and beauty born?"

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Paperwhites and other bulbs are a nice way to dispel the winter gloom after the Christmas decorations have been packed away! Love your porcelain bulb plantars!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those bulb bowls are beautiful. I'll have to keep an eye out for something like them. Enjoy the flowers!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh wow, those bulb bowls are awesome! I'll have to start looking for those. :)