My parent’s house had a large cellar. Here - in between the pans, soft drinks and other supplies - during the winter months my mother used to grow Narcissus Paperwhite. As you know Paperwhite is a tender daffodil and therefore ideal for indoor forcing.
I myself don’t have a cellar and I have never planted Paperwhites. N. Paperwhite can scent so heavily that you would prefer to place them outside. But nothing is as changeful as a (garden) woman. When I see these daffodil bulbs for sale on the market, in a fit of nostalgia I get an irresistible need to buy them. The bulbs are already prepared and therefore they can be planted and placed in the windowsill immediately. These don’t need a cellar at all!
I have a few jars and some black gravel in the barn. I put the gravel in the jars and place the bulb on top of it. Add a little bit of water ..... ready!
My husband is not very amused seeing the jars in the windowsill. He too remembers that strong daffodil scent from the past. I reassure him. As soon as the daffodils bloom, I will place them outside.
The daffodils grow prosperously. After a week some roots have appeared already and much to my surprise after two and a half weeks I see the first flower. A month later the daffodils are in full flower. Wow! The flowers are smaller than I remember; but maybe it is just me that grew taller over the years. One stem after another appear with beautiful snow-white flowers.
You might wonder if I have fainted from the daffodil scent? Not at all!! The breeders probably have outcrossed the scent. Generally I am not a fan of that matter, but in this case I am.
Planting Paper white just like my mother did. As I look at the sky-high stems in my windowsill I realise, the older you get, the more you are going to look like your mother!
Enjoy your week.
After two and a half weeks I see the first flower.
....... snow-white flowers
The stems are sky-high
The jars with black gravel and some artificial snow.
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