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Friday, December 10, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: Paperwhites in Bloom

This year was the first time I decided to try growing paperwhites. I bought one of those kits that come with the pot. I'd always wanted to try it and I'm so glad that I did. They are blooming right now and smell very lovely.

Some of the stalks were starting to bend, so I tied a little bit of nubby twine around them.

I've since learned that these will grow in just about anything, that you don't even need dirt! I'm not sure how long the blooms will last; when I planted them I didn't think they would grow and bloom as fast as they have! I wanted them to be ready for our party on the 18th, but that's a week away and I don't know if they will last that long. I'm sure all you smarter people in blogland out there might know??

I also remembered that I had bought a vintage table runner last spring that I thought would look pretty on the sideboard at Christmas time, but wouldn't you know it, I had forgotten about it until just the other day when I was putting away linens and I spotted it with the place mats. I must have been momentarily high from my vintage-linen-gluttony-spending-spree last spring and put it in the wrong place.

I think the red roses are very festive, even if not exactly 'Christmas-y'.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday


Bella said...

Hi Katie, Mmmm paper whites, I wish I had remembered to grow some! The photo with the light coming in the window is beautiful!! If you add vodka to their water when the are growing it will keep them from growing so fast that they tip over... You'll have to google the details of when and how much :-)
Love your Freddie Mercury quote, I had never heard it!!

Mariette said...

Dearest Katie,

Our paperwhites that we've planted there after having them in pots, will be perfectly timely for your party on the 18th! Keep yours as cool as you can till then so you can stretch the season of blooming. The vodka story is 'nonsense' and must have been written by a liquor company!
Both of us are the son and daughter of a market gardener so we know a little bit about growing... But by bringing them into your living room you did speed up the process; unknowingly. So keep them cool but not in a dark place!
They usually hold fairly well, even in a vase so if you heed this advice you'll have them a week from now in good shape.
Surprised about the band story! I tried to listen to the 70s songs as I was curious for going back to my teens but it must be because I grew up in The Netherlands that songs are different. Sure, some were popular on both sides of the Atlantic but not all.
It was fun coming from the band to your blog and hearing the lovely light classical music! LOVE that for the time being. When I need to attack the house (cleaning...) I used to play old CDs from the 70s just for 'speed' and it helps. As loud as possible of course but that is no problem the way we live here.
Hope you will find your sugar scoop one day, keep looking and maybe on eBay now you know the name.

You have a knack for finding treasures and oh, if you would not live that far away, I might come to get your rose-runner! What a beauty and yes, the ROSE is in the Christmas season too, a song about a rose that did sprout from Jesse's stock... at least in Dutch I know that!
Have a great weekend you and E!

Mariette's Back to Basics

Susan said...

I love the rose table topper. I love roses anyway , on anything at anytime!! LOL

TheSmithHotel said...

Love paperwhites! So pretty!


victorian parlor II said...

The paperwhites are beautiful! Hopefully they will last until next week for your party:). BTW, the Victorians were known to decorate with roses for Christmas so your lovely linen is festively authentic!



Anonymous said...

I love your paper whites and the vintage rose runner is gorgeous too! Thanks so much for your visit to my blog and your sweet comment about my mantel, so nice of you!


Rettabug said...

Oh Katie...you brought back such wonderful memories with your paper whites! My Mom used to force the bulbs every year & I can STILL recall their fragrance some 40+ years later.

I also couldn't find a certain tablecloth from last year. LOL We may be related! Yours looks lovely on your beautiful buffet.

Merry Christmas to you & yours!