December 23, 2009

Traditonal Lines

I've been thinking a lot about how we love to bring into our home this time of year something young and green, something growing. I put wreaths inside and outside my home and I make swags for garden gates. I especially love growing Paper White Narcissus and red or white Amarylis. Except this year my Amarylis are being shy and holding back. Oh well that means the New Year will get its flower. One of my favorite scents of Christmas is the pungent smell of Paper White Narcissus. I usually start them sometime before Thanksgiving or the week following. I have a little bulb nesting area at a south facing window. When the stems sprout I remove them from the nest and place them around the house. All is magic until I awake one morning to this sight.

My solutions vary. Sometimes I prop them up or lean them on nearby furniture. I have read and tried a variety of methods to solve this problem. I have thought of them as Dynamic Diagonal Lines and tried just to accept them. This year I decided to make bouquets of them and move my new crop of Paperwhites into spaces recently vacated.

"The observation of nature is part of an artist's life. It enlarges his form knowledge, keeps him fresh, and feeds inspiration" Henry Moore


Eugenie Torgerson said...

Your home looks so lovely -- dressed for Christmas but not in costume. Speaking of costumes, the get-ups here in rural Michigan are really something. Who knew there could be so many embellished holiday sweatshirts, usually worn by oval people?

I saw a blue pick-up with a flat, round, magenta pillow strapped to its grill. Puzzled me, that's for sure, until I realized it was supposed to be a Rudolf nose.

Carole Buschmann said...

Wow! That is so funny it is ingenious, Ha!
I know, I was at some small party w/ people of a certain age and saw that some people never rotate their gear.
It is 7:15 and I have to go to Pilates, we have at least 8 inches of new snow. Huzzah! Who needs to wear decorations when one is surrounded by the real deal.

aneyefordetail said...

Have you ever tried a "martini" when you plant the paperwhites? Yes, I just read about it recently! I'll try to find for you. I know, it's a problem for me too. And, apparently the Ziva bulbs, though the largest, are the most apt to fall over...I'll let you know if I find that info.!

Carole Buschmann said...

I have heard something about it but was told it makes them shorter. Well of course that is what makes it work. I thought I loved the baroque overflowing quality of them but since this is my 3rd crop I have rotated maybe I am ready for a new solution. So if you do find it I would be interested. Thanks and Happy New Year!


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