Among my favorite gifts to give and to receive during the holidays are Amaryllis and Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs. I enjoy watching the bulbs grow into plants and flower in a matter of weeks.
Thanksgiving week is when I traditionally plant bulbs indoors for the holiday season. I usually plant a mix of amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus bulbs. The narcissi tend to bloom more quickly than the amaryllises–I expect to see the narcissus flowers within a month. If I want the amaryllises bloom in time for Christmas, than I have to plant them closer to the beginning of November.
This year, I planted only narcissus bulbs, which I purchased at The Home Depot. I like the fragrant and delicate white narcissus flowers, and because they are white they work in every room. I plant the bulbs in pretty bowls. If I am planting bulbs to give as gifts, as I am this year, I visit my favorite resale shops or HomeGoods and find a dish that can be used by the recipient after the flowers have reached the end of their useful lives. This year, I purchased a couple of beautiful silver punch bowls at a thrift shop. After a quick polish, the bowls look quite festive. I also planted some bulbs for myself (rather than as a gift) in one of my favorite blue and white bowls. I filled the bowls with dirt (rocks also work), planted the bulbs with the tops sticking out above the surface of the soil, watered the newly-planted bulbs, and placed the bowls by my bedroom window:
I am hoping that, within a few weeks, the narcissus stems will be tall enough so that I will need to stake them or tie them together with a ribbon. It is so easy to grow these flowers–they just require lots of sunlight and occasional waterings.
Below are some inspiration photos of amaryllis and narcissus plants used as holiday decor, including these narcissi, which look beautiful in the blue and white cachepot surrounded at the base by pinecones:
Paperwhites are simple and elegant in terra cotta pots:
These antique bowls make lovely containers for the flowering plants:
This gold satin ribbon is festive and practical for keeping the stems upright:
Gorgeous paperwhites in terra cotta urns:
Aren’t these narcissi spectacular in an indoor window box?
A pretty centerpiece:
I love how these bulbs, surrounded by moss, are packaged for a hostess gift or neighbor gift:
A couple of elegant amaryllis arrangements:
These red amaryllises are festive next to the blue and white ginger jars:
Lining the staircase with narcissus plants wrapped in burlap and ribbon brings a dramatic touch to what’s usually a dead space:
Festive Christmas ornaments surround the base of this paperwhite narcissus plant:
Paperwhites and amaryllises make for a beautiful centerpiece:
The burlap wrapping and gorgeous satin ribbon make this a memorable gift:
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and a lovely beginning to the holiday season!