I have to admit, I cheated this year and purchased a pot of already started paperwhite bulbs at the market. But I did get to see them grow taller and bloom. I tried the pickling advice that Cindy referenced on her blog, A Curious Gardener, by adding one part vodka to seven parts water, but they still grew to be lanky. I staked them and tied a ribbon around to keep them from falling over.
I put the paperwhites in an antique copper pot, one of two that my parents brought back from their trip to France in 1967. I like the way the copper and the white flowers look against the matte green tile of our 1922 fireplace. The metal grate in front of the fireplace is something we bought many years ago at a wonderful garden and housewares shop. It's an old piece, and I'd love to know its history and where it came from.
Next up, a Christmas tree! I can't wait to unwrap all the vintage ornaments and hang them on the tree while listening to our favorite Christmas songs on Pandora. I also have some wonderful paper snowflakes I bought from an Etsy artist in California that we need to hang. I'll share pictures with you soon.
I hope you're enjoying a peaceful holiday season. For some inspiration, check out my Christmas board and Winter board on Pinterest!