Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Paperwhites


(via Affari}

This weekend would be a great time to plant a few paperwhites. I have gathered a few pretty old containers from around the house and bought my bulbs and am looking forward to sharing this favorite holiday tradition with my daughter. We have been planting Christmas paperwhites together since she was four years old. She is now 17, gasp! It is a great activity to share with your children as it is so easy and gratifying.

{via And George}

I did a little research to learn how the tradition of planting paperwhites at Christmas started. I discovered:

"In the eighth century B.C., the Hebrew prophet Isaiah praised the Narcissus tazetta, saying in Isaiah 35 that, "It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing." In other Hebrew writings, the daffodil, which is in the genus of Narcissus, is a feminine symbol of fertility and beauty. This fertility attribute was taken up by the first Christians in the symbols of death and rebirth as personified in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. To this day, the narcissus and daffodil are often present at Easter celebrations."

{via And George}


This simple arrangement is probably my favorite and the one that is inspiring my holiday decor.


{via Affari}


{via Southern Living}

Who hasn't planted paperwhites only to have them flop over right as they reach their peak? I love this simple solution from the editors of Southern Living. The wide satin ribbon provides an interesting punch of rich color and texture and picks up the color in the old container.


{via Martha Stewart}

The simple elegance of these paperwhites just add to the understated beauty of this Swedish inspired interior. I love the paint colors!

{via Martha Stewart}

These tall glass hurricanes make a great container for the mantle because they support the long paperwhite stems but still showcase the long and elegant paperwhite foliage.


{via Martha Stewart}

Create a lovely gift with a vintage glass, decorative pebbles and paperwhite bulbs. I adore the way Martha Stewart packaged her gift in linen and satin.


When I visit flea markets and antique malls, I am always on the look out for vintage punch bowls. They make a beautiful container for paperwhites and can often be purchased for a song... happy hunting!

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10 comments:

  1. Lovely post, I plan on using lots of paperwhites this year in my living room!! There is nothing like their intoxicating fragrance, kathysue

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  2. Bulbs are so chic and beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. gorgeous.... you have such a lovely blog... xx pam

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  4. This is one of my most favorite flowers, loooove paperwhites! They look so gorgeous in a pretty container, and the smell is incredible! I love this post..well done!

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  5. I plan on using paperwhites in my home during this season, but I have to admit, I've not liked the height issue...your image with the satin ribbon was very helpful and a little more supportive than twine.

    Karen at Garden, Home and Party

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  6. I just finished planting tulips in all of my outdoor pots, but forgot the paper whites for indoors. Thanks for the reminder! And I bet I'll need to use that ribbon assistance- good idea!

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  7. I love paper whites and even included them in my holiday gift guide.

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  8. More,more,more, never enough paper whites. The smell is heaven. I love the simple ribbon support idea. Great post as usual! Lissy

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  9. love paperwhites and you have such a lovely collection of inspiring images...
    best,
    maureen

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  10. Mine just fell over yesterday....despite the fact that I had them tied up with raffia and a few sticks. I guess they just got tired :)

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