Happy New Year everyone!
December 21st, on the Winter solstice we turned the corner, and each day we move gradually from the dark into the light to a longer brighter day.
A few weeks ago I planted my Paper white Narcissus on pebbles or you may use potting soil. I use tall glass vases and it is most important keep the pebbles moist with enough water to cover the bottom of each bulb.
In September I brought my Rosemary plant indoors as they are not hardy outdoors in our zone six and spray it twice weekly with water. I run a cold-water humidifier and a germ guardian air cleaner for personal health and the health of my plants.
After planting the paper white Narcissus I placed them in a dark cool closet until the foliage is about four inches tall. Today I moved them from the dark closet to a cool room with indirect light and where the temperature remains at about 65 degrees. When the buds are almost ready to open I will place them in a brighter area to be enjoyed, not only for their bloom but also the heady fragrance which permeates the house.
Just the thought of new bloom gets me out of the winter doldrums. But with the heavy snow and the arctic blast that will surely come in