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How To Force Paperwhite Narcissus

You can grow paperwhite Narcissus right inside your home and have beautiful white blooms that will perfume your room and brighten any cold dreary day!

How To Force Paperwhite Narcissus

Flowers brighten any dreary day at my house but during the winter months I find that I need them around more than ever! They’re just so

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Forcing Forsythia in My Foyer

Did you know that you can force forsythia inside your home and enjoy glorious blooms indoors while it’s still cold outdoors!

Although it’s been a very mid winter this year, nothing thrills my soul more than the first sweet whispers of Spring. The warm breezy days that entice the few flowers that are brave enough to push their way through the stark thawing ground. The barren trees that stand naked one day and then magically begin the next dressed in buds that will become intoxicating flowers after a few more weeks of delicious sunshine…

I want it all and I want it now.

So you know what I do this time of year when I’m itching for Spring?

I force forsythia in my foyer.

You should try it. It’s brilliantly simple and splendidly soul satisfying.

First you’ll need to find a forsythia bush. Make sure that you can actually see some buds that have already formed on the branches. Forsythia is some of the first budding-blooming-bushes of Spring, exactly when will vary depending on where you live.

Then, pull on some rubber boots and tromp through the soggy ground with some cutting shears and cut  a few branches that you find to be breathtakingly beautiful.

Before you place the beautiful branches into a sturdy vase (that won’t topple over once it’s full of branches), you’ll need to gently tap, tap, tap the woody ends with a hammer.

This will allow the branches to more easily drink up the water. Remember to use warm water. This will also make it easier for the forsythia to drink.

*Note, no forsythia branches were harmed during this photo shoot.*

Next you’ll want to find a warm sunny spot for your forsythia to bask in the golden sunshine. This will encourage the branches to believe that it is indeed time to bloom.

My warm sunny spot happens to be my foyer.

And as you can tell, this charming chap is thrilled to pieces to share his favorite spot with a vase full of forsythia.

This is Oliver. And Oliver loves nothing more than the warm golden sunshine that spills into the foyer as he lounges upon the buffet table.

Sharing it with the forsythia. Not so much.


“Maybe if I ignore the forsythia it will go away.”

Or maybe Oliver will just go away.

Anyway. Back to my forcing of forsythia.

After about a week or so, you’ll begin to see some sweet green peeking out from within the buds.

Then, before you know it, all of the branches will soon be covered in the gorgeous green.

A day or so later, some lovely yellow will appear.

And then the unfurling of the first forsythia flower…

And before you know it…

You’ll have a foyer full.

And that my friends is how you can get a fabulous fan of forsythia in your foyer with or without a finicky feline who is far from farklempt over the fact that he has to share his favorite spot.

Happy almost Spring!



Delivery Day Flowers

We have just finished “birthday season” at my house. Along with all of the gifts, balloons, streamers and cake comes flowers…

“Delivery Day Flowers”.

It has become a cherished tradition at our house and one that I’ve tried to write about many times.

However I’ve never been able to successfully express what these flowers mean to me.

The tradition began with my mom nearly losing her life after giving me mine. She hemorrhaged the night we all came home from the hospital and by the time the doctor actually decided to send her back to the hospital, she was already finding herself floating towards the white light. My first two weeks on earth were spent with my daddy looking after me as my mom healed in the hospital from her near death experience.

This is the first photo taken of my mom getting to hold me after her second trip home. The following year on my first birthday my dad sent her flowers in celebration and appreciation of her life (and mine) and of all that she had gone through. Hence Delivery Day Flowers were born. The tradition has been carried on every single year for every single birth-day including the less theatrical birth-day of my sister. Every delivery day whether traumatic or not deserves a celebration & appreciation.

I grew up seeing those beautiful flowers delivered every year and with every year I could feel the gratitude in my heart grow deeper for what they really stood for.  I can’t even begin to put into words how fortunate I feel to have been given not only the gift of my life, but that of my mom’s life too.

My heart felt complete.

Then our first baby girl was born.

I had an entirely new appreciation for love. Especially for a mother’s love.

And a daughter’s love too.

The love I had in my heart came full circle in ways I had never dreamt possible. It couldn’t get any better than this.

But then our second baby girl was born and the love multiplied,

times two.

My Yanni has carried out the tradition of delivery day flowers for each girl since the day our first born made her entrance into this world.

Every year amidst the birthday gifts, balloons, streamers & cake there is always a beautiful bouquet tucked in there somewhere waiting to surprise me.

And with each beautiful bouquet I am reminded of  just how delicate life is and how blessed we all are to celebrate and fully appreciate each passing year.

I am reminded of a mother’s love.

Of a daughter’s appreciation.

And of love coming full circle.

Times infinity.