In A Vase On Monday – Paperwhites

In A Vase On Monday – Paperwhites

Each Monday from Rambling In The Garden Cathy invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

Today’s vase is from my indoor garden courtesy of my beautiful niece Julie and her family who surprised us with a Christmas gift of paperwhite Narcissus, preplanted in an old wooden box.

In A Vase On Monday – Paperwhites

The bulbs have opened at different rates, beginning with a particularly eager one that sprouted greenery 3 or 4 times faster than the others. It bloomed for a few days alone in its splendor, until several others could catch up. In hindsight I think the paperwhites may have wanted a sunnier location than our east-facing kitchen window, but all in all they have been happy.

In A Vase On Monday – Paperwhites

We have been enjoying the fresh springlike blooms though spring weather feels far away.

In A Vase On Monday – Paperwhites

Materials

Flowers
Narcissus (Paperwhites)
Container
Wooden box

In A Vase On Monday – Paperwhites

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

38 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Paperwhites

  1. Christina

    I always enjoy everyone else’s Paperwhites much more than my own. I really dislike their perfume. But they are so beautiful and a much needed brightener for these winter days so perhaps I have to try them again.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Some flowers do carry a challenge in the fragrance department. I’ve caught of whiff of these paperwhites’ perfume occasionally, but it hasn’t been too strong or pervasive, fortunately.

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  2. Cathy

    They are so pretty, and must surely brighten up your home on these winter days. I wish I could bear the scent of them but will have to settle for my Amaryllis instead!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I have been in shops where the scent of paperwhites was so overpowering I had to exit immediately. Luckily these are more subtle and really are delightful. (I thought of cutting them fo a vase but decided to leave them intact!)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It was thoughtful, wasn’t it? Your backyard is blessed then. My neighborhood has a few daffodils blooming despite the low temperatures we had last week in the teens. Have to love their resilience.

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  3. Annette

    I adore Paperwhites, Susie, and you’ve not only displayed them most beautifully, you’ve also captured them as immaculately as the flowers are themselves. Hope you’re well, haven’t seen you on IG lately. Have a great week xx

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Glad you enjoyed the paperwhites. I haven’t had them in many years. My husband had a health setback before the holidays, but now things are settling down for us so there might be time for IG again!

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      1. Annette

        Sorry to hear that, Susie, wishing him a speedy recovery. There are far more important things than social media, real life for example and it’s so much better to be in the now and make the best of it. x

  4. Peter Herpst

    A special gift from Julie and her family. Paperwhites are a delight to the eye and nose. The wood box planter is wonderful. Here’s to spring coming sooner than later!

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  5. Cathy

    They always look so sophisticated (unless they are so lanky they won’t stand up!) and it is good that you have been enjoying their blooms over a number of weeks. I now grow alternatives with not quite such a strong fragrance! Thanks for sharing your gift with us today

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, the wooden box adds a nice rustic touch to the elegant paperwhites. The smell hasn’t been terribly strong. I can smell them only if I pass close by.

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  6. Kris P

    What a wonderful gift! I never grew paperwhites in my former garden but I inherited a large number of them with my current garden and I’ve come to value them tremendously. They pop up in some of the driest areas of my garden well ahead of any other bulb, signaling that spring isn’t all that far off. I need to plant several dozen bulbs next year to plant in other areas – I can use more of their lovely surprise appearances.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I should grow paperwhites outdoors too. I have other narcissus that are ready to pop open, but they seem to know it will be 19F this week and they’re biding their time.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You’ve had a busy fall and it seems the next year will be exciting as well as busy. My niece’s thoughtfulness in selecting the paperwhites has brought us much enjoyment. I did plant some bulbs outdoors this fall, but it’s been so wet I’m worried even the squirrels won’t want them.

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  7. rickii

    These are lovely, all in a row like that. Mine insisted upon flopping over but were mercifully lightly scented. We finally resorted to kebab pokers to hold them up.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Ricki. Kebab pokers work fine don’t they! Interesting your paperwhites are lightly scented as so many readers have commented about the smell. These have not been terribly strong either.

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  8. tonytomeo

    These ROK! They are among my favorites, not only because they are white, but because I used to pick them from an abandoned cut flower field in Montara. They were so fragrant, and they just grew sort of wild. They happened to be in rows. When a house was built on the site, the entire field was excavated to remove all of the narcissus that had been naturalized there for so long.

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      1. tonytomeo

        Oh, that was in Montara, with an ‘r’. It is in San Mateo County. Cut flowers were a major agricultural commodity there many years ago. Diego Rivera painted them and those harvesting them commonly.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’ll be looking to reuse the wooded box for paperwhites next year. The container is about 5.25 inches and I expect the bottom is about .5 up to 1-inch thick. So that leaves about 4.5 inches for the bulbs. They were pre-planted, and I think the top was about 0.5 inches from the surface.

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