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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Indoor Blooms

I'm happy to report that my paperwhite narcissus are in full bloom and have provided some much needed spring color and fragrance throughout the house.

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In a recent post I explained how I was going to use alcohol to stunt their growth to prevent them from flopping over. I used a ratio of one part rubbing alcohol to 10 parts of water. The paperwhites still managed to get tall, but not to the point of falling over.

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Once in full bloom I back them away from direct sunlight - this seems to make the blooms last a bit longer.

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After a few days of enjoying the blooms, I gave them to my parents. My dad suffers from depression and this time of year can be a little tough on him, so I thought a little spring color in their house would do him some good.

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5 comments:

dAwN said...

Oh your paperwhites look lovely...nice gift to brighten up your dads winter..
i can smell them from here...

Leedra said...

They are lovely, and so nice to give them to your parents for them to enjoy too. I used to do this, but not this year. Enjoyed seeing yours.

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Darla said...

Very pretty, I don't care much for the fragrance, that's why mine are outside, have about 4 blooms on them now, hooray! Nice of you to give them to your parents. I must have missed the alcohol post or didn't read it well enough, will have to look for it again.

Kallen305 said...

They are so pretty! I am sure your dad will love them this time of year. It's amazing how flowers can lighten up ones mood.

Chandramouli S said...

Ah! I'm sure these lovely paperwhites would have calmed your dad's mind and cheered him up. Wish I could smell this beauty and satiate my nose's desire like I did to my eyes ;)