Paperwhites are so sweet, and elegant, and they fit in any decor style. So simple to plant, in most any container. Here are a few gorgeous examples:
Here's what I do each year:
In the past I planted in soil, but you can plant them in pebbles also. I have seen them even planted in soil, but topped with tiny pinecones, which was gorgeous! You can buy the pebbles at the nursery, but get them much cheaper at the dollar store.
You can buy paperwhites prepackaged in big box stores, but they come with cheap plastic containers, and don't seem to grow as well. I picked these up, very inexpensively, at my local nursery, where they're sold by the bulb. I actually bought 2 sets of bulbs as they grow quite quickly, taking 2-3 weeks from planting to flower. I wanted to have a full 6 weeks of flowering, so I will change out this set with a fresh, to flower in time for Christmas day.
Easy as plunking them into the pebbles, nestling the bulb root slightly. No need to even water. I used to water my bulbs planted in soil, but the lady at the nursery assured me that the bulb has all it needs to grow on it's own, sans l'eau.
And this sits on my living room coffee table, atop my thrifted Silver tray.
As an aside, I need your assistance. Any tips for a very rookie photographer? I am desperately trying to improve my blog photos, but either my skills, or my camera (likely a bit of both) are lacking. I have read that flashes are evil, and try not to use them. However, in the gloomy Northwest, it is so hard to have a day bright enough to take a good photo without a flash. I try to position the object near a light, or bring one in, but this often just puts a strange glow on it. Any pointers? Any cameras that you love, that aren't massively expensive (definitely less than $1000, and would love less than $500). I currently use a little point and shoot Canon Powershot SD 750, which is great for basics. My hubby thinks I am just not using this camera properly, rather than it being about the quality of the camera. Any suggestions, hints?? Thank you!!
Edit: Exciting news! My husband and I decided that as a family Christmas gift to ourselves, it was high time we bought a decent camera. We found a great deal on a Canon Rebel XS with 2 lenses. We almost went with the XSi, but it didn't have the extra lens. Anyone have one of these and have any tips? I'm having fun playing with it! The pics in this post are with the old camera.
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