Hi Ladies, all is quiet on the western front again. But is has been quite a week. I went from Thursday’s high with my TV appearance to a big low on Friday. My Love had to go in for knee surgery. We knew his knee was banged up pretty badly but the necessity for surgery came unexpected and the treatment date came lightning fast. But all went well. I got to take him home that same day and at the moment he is happily lounging on the couch with a steady stream of coffee supplied by me. So all is well in the world again and I can blog :-).
High time to show you a bit of my most successful procrastination-rescue-project ever.
Right now I still have some beautiful paperwhite bulbs blooming their little hearts out.
They started like this.
I posted this image on Instagram on January 15. I was browsing all the pretty photos in my stream and I saw quite a few blooming bulbs show up. It gave me this nagging feeling in the back of my head. And after a while it hit me. In the midst of my Christmas decorating series frenzy I had taken a trip to the garden center. I had bought paperwhite bulbs. Thinking I’d start them immediately so I could show them off in January. I had forgotten them completely.
So I went searching for them, found them still in their bags and just put them in a bowl on some wet gravel. As you can see they had already started to grow (crooked) in the dark in the bag. I wasn’t sure they’d make it.
12 days later I posted this image on my Instagram account (remember I am MSongbird there too).
They had grown so hard and so fast that the shallow bowl of gravel was not enough support so I transferred them to glass containers.
A few more days and they started to bloom.
That’s when I took these images. They were really starting to bloom at this point and they smelled really nice.
Another day or so and they were wide open and very fragrant. So fragrant in fact that it was too much for our living room. They smell heavenly when you hover your nose right over them, but the lingering all over smell that they left all over the ground floor wasn’t very nice at all.
So I moved them all outside to the window sill. And I am still enjoying them there daily!!! They love being outside in the cold. I am sure that if I had kept them inside they would have wilted by now, but outside, time does not seem to touch them. As proof here is an image I took just five minutes ago.
Those are the same bulbs I started showing off in January!
So lessons learned from this latest proof of my procrastinating ways: it is never too late to start forcing paperwhite bulbs AND put your blooming paperwhites outside and you can enjoy them for months.
And why did it take me four weeks to post this images of my paperwhites here on my blog?
Who knows, I sure don’t…..
……. eternal procrastinator perhaps?………
So about paperwhites do you love or hate the smell?
PS I had great success before with forcing hyacinths on water too. Check it out.