A Pretty Profusion of Paperwhites

My goodness, I have a mind like a sieve.  I totally forgot about the paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta ‘Ziva’) that I moved into the garage when temperatures plummeted last week.  When I came across them yesterday, still hidden in the shadows, they had grown leggy and their flowers were flopping all over the place.  Luckily, however, I found the two pots of bulbs just in time for my annual collards and wine party scheduled for last evening.  After cutting several big handfuls of Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (also called gold dust) and pushing the branches into the soil around the paperwhites to keep their blooms corralled, they made the PERFECT welcome committee.

A paperwhite welcome!

A paperwhite welcome!

As a bonus, here is a quick look at my Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day subject, Hippeastrum ‘Stardust’, which is just beginning to show its pretty face this morning.

Hippeastrum 'Stardust'

Hippeastrum ‘Stardust’


18 thoughts on “A Pretty Profusion of Paperwhites

  1. Christina

    Clever idea Marion, nicer than cutting them for a vase. I’ve had similar problems with then when they were grown in the greenhouse (where there was lots of light. Something I’ll remember for the future, thank you.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Mimi–The yellow dots on the aucuba really add an extra measure of interest. I’m hoping the temps say above 30 tonight so I don’t have to bring the pots inside again.

  2. Gloria Ballard

    Very pretty, and a real day-brightener. Plus, collards and wine sounds like a fun party to look forward to each year.

  3. digwithdorris

    I love Paperwhites and I would imagine it was not just the blooms your guests will have noticed but the scent as well. I have used the wind blown broken bits of Beech twigs to hold up the heads of Paperwhites in the past. That does work well and if you have the time you can spray-paint the twigs so that become a key part of the arrangement. I did mine black.
    Love the Aucuba though.


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