Thursday, December 13

Beautiful & Easy... just what I was hoping for!

They say it's the most wonderful time of the year, and I completely agree! I love gift giving and the gifts I love to give most are homemade, thoughtful, and beautiful. These forced paperwhites are just the ticket to my way of thinking. They are easy to put together, don't cost much, and I don't know anyone who wouldn't be happy to receive these. Let's get started...
 I picked up vases at my local thrift shop for a couple of dollars, grabbed three bags of rocks at the Dollar Store, and bought paperwhite bulbs at Armstrongs Garden Center.
Once home I put the few items needed out. Start by placing about 3 inches of stones in the bottom of each vase so that they sat fairly evenly. I find the height of tall vases helps to support the tall stalks of the paperwhites. Arranged the bulbs so that they have good contact with the stones, root side down obviously {{wink}}. 
 While their little shoots are a bit askew in the beginning, they will quickly straighten themselves out as they start to grow and reach for the sun.
 You'll want to keep the water level so that it just touches the root base of the bulbs. Kids especially love watching the roots grow and wrap around the pebbles. Be sure and use clear glass that allows you to monitor the water level, as you need the water to hit the root base, but do not want your bulbs covered in water or you'll risk them rotting. All that's left is to place these in a sunny window. Don't forget to check the water level each day; they'll get really thirsty once they take off.
Here are a few I've started for family, and two that I started for us just three weeks ago. They'll get their bows before I gave them away. That tall girl is 32" tall and smells divine! The smaller one was started the same day, and is a petite one... but I don't mind. I hope you'll try forcing bulbs if you haven't done it before. They are beautiful and now you see how easy they are to create and give!
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