Paperwhites in the House

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Last week I potted up a bunch of paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs to sell in the shop and give as gifts.  Paperwhites are so fragrant and I love the natural element they bring to holiday decorating.

You can find the bulbs at Home Depot, Lowe's or Wal-mart and they usually come boxed with a plastic pot, potting mix and the bulbs.  I usually buy them in the garden center where you can find bags of bulbs. I plant them in vintage containers and use regular old potting soil.

Red Lion Amaryllis in blue & white porcelain pot with Nandina berries

White milk glass container planted with Paperwhites and blue and silver ornaments

Vintage elephant planter with Paperwhites and acorns

Potted bulbs make great hostess or teachers gifts, or keep them for yourself!  They're beautiful when used en masse on a mantel or on your dining table.

Christmas bulbs in pots available at Merchants on Main.  607 E. Main St., downtown Chattanooga. Priced from $10 - $32

Have you started your holiday decorating?

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A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Love paper whites! I had completely forgotten about using them for this upcoming holiday season...but now will! Take care, Caroline

Town and Country Gals said...

those bulbs are gorgeous! Unfortunately, I don't have much of a green thumb! They look beautiful in those pots! I have started my Christmas decorating and am really going to get into it today and this weekend, can't wait to get it out! You should come up and hit the flea sometime, good stuff!

lisaroy said...

I love paperwhites - last January I picked up 3 potted artificial ones from Pottery Barn on clearance - everyone thought they were real. I loved them on display all winter :)

Splendid Sass said...

Thank you for posting this today! I love bulbs, and grow paper whites every year. I pot a lot of them and give them to friends when they stop by.
These images are beautiful.

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

I never get these started in time.. thank you for the reminder :) said...

K - What a fantastic idea! I am always looking for creative and thoughtful gifts to give. Love potting with the ornaments! You got it going on!!

Ashley said...

Love, love, love paperwhites and amaryllis plants. They are such a bright spot on the season!

Interior Design Musings said...

Will be getting mine this weekend! thanks for the reminder.

Unknown said...

I'm always late getting them started. Thanks for the heads up! I've never seen them with the ornaments. Cute!

Decor & Harmony said...

I love paperwhites.....thanks for sharing a great post with us today!

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

I love paperwhites around Christmas time! You're right they add a nice natural element to a space.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim,
I came by your blog after you left a message and became a follower on my own blog. I wanted to thank you.
First, let me say your blog is just delightful. Also, I love to give potted bulbs as gifts...where I live in The Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia; we have a Tulip Time Festival and after the event, everyone comes from miles around to dig up the bulbs. It's a lovely time of year for us.
Anyhow, just thought I'd share that and to say how much I have enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thanks again for your visit also.
Warm Regards,

Anonymous said...

...oh, and I am also following you ; )


Unknown said...

I'm excited to start decorating my house for the holidays!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

What a great idea Kim. I don't know why but I have never thought of planting my own. It's an awesome hostess gift.

Kendall said...

This is a fantastic gift idea! Love it. I'm doing my Christmas decorating in exactly one week. So excited about it!

By the way, my mom went by your shop last week when she was visiting Chattanooga and said it was awesome!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Thanks for the reminder to start forcing them now in order to have them bloom in time for the holidays. Usually, I forget and don't start them until mid-Dec. I love planting them in clear glass vases on river rocks. A tall vase keeps them from falling over when they get tall and it is fun to watch the roots grow through the glass.

Jenny Castle Design said...

This is great inspiration! Since it's my first christmas in my new home, I'm soaking up all the ideas possible :)