January is for Paperwhites

As the calendar rolls over to a new year and I’m putting the house back together from the holidays, I begin my own personal ritual of potting paperwhites. Typically I buy a few dozen of them for gifts and keep my own stash stored away to enjoy come January when it’s bleak outside and there’s no competition for my attention.

This year’s blooms were stellar. I love having alllllll the nature in full view so I use clear vessels to plant the bulbs and small rocks to anchor them.

This year I expanded and created a little window garden on a restaurant prep table covered with a drop cloth. It’s a serene little space that I find myself puttering around during the day. There’s nothing fancy or overwhelming growing here, just clips from my outdoor pots. I like to keep it simple.

I keep my Japanese clippers, plant mister and plenty of vessels and cloches all piled up and happy here. Ordinary pansy’s from the garden center are a good fit for little bud vases and last about a week in fresh water indoors.

Clear a space and create your own little window garden. It’s such a rewarding and easy little gift to yourself. Especially if you work from home.

January Paperwhites and Fern

Isn't it funny how as soon as we put away the Christmas decorations we start thinking about Spring? 

We live too fast. 

It's winter...let's enjoy that! (says the southern girl who has never shoveled snow in her life). Texas has had some really cold and gray days and I'm fighting the gray with green. 

Ferns, paperwhites, lavender, boxwoods; anything green that I can easily plant or snip and bring inside is fair game. 

I've had really good luck growing these three ferns inside: plumosa, maidenhair and boston.

They've done well in low light and I've supplemented their water with a good misting weekly.   

Paperwhites are the easiest thing I've ever grown. They're so forgiving. And, I hereby decree they're not just for the holidays, so there!  I keep it simple by growing them in a container with gravel or rocks and keep them watered. That's it.

I bought quite a few at Christmas and have been planting them a few at a time. I'll miss them when they're gone.

Have fun planting bulbs in ironstone, teacups, mason jars; anything that holds water.

After they bloom you can stake them up with bamboo skewers and string. I love how simple they are to care for and their sweet smell. They do like to drink a lot of water so

check them daily.

Tell me......What's your secret weapon for fighting the gray days of winter?