Paperwhites in bloom

21 02 2009

My paperwhites are in full bloom this week. Although I have been watering them regularly, I would have missed the blooms when they first opened if it hadn’t been for the aroma. It’s a scent people either love or hate. I have forced Paperwhite bulbs for several years now and I am always surprised by the scent. When they start to open and I get that first whiff in the air, I start looking for the source. Then I notice the Paperwhites I’m forcing in the kitchen window. It happens every year. One would think I would remember. Ah, yes, that familiar scent odor. They’re neat to photograph because with a macro lens you can see that the petals have a mica-like sparkly surface.

While perusing gardening blogs tonight, I came across this comment from a visitor who wrote, “I can’t dislike anything that’s gracious enough to bloom for me this time of year.”

My sentiments exactly.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.




7 responses

21 02 2009

I am not a fan of the scent, but Earlicher daffodils are a lot stronger. I have to keep them out of the kitchen. Just a little too sweet for me. They are beautiful though.

23 02 2009

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


23 02 2009

What beautiful images! What aperture did you use? I would have expected backlighting from the kitchen window, but I see only a pleasantly contrasting blurred out background. Did you employ fill flash?

23 02 2009
Jamie Adams


You are so right about the love or hate. When they are blooming at the nursery our customers either love the smell and comment on how they have a sweet perfume aroma or they hate them and comment on how they smell like cat urine. The one thing they all agree on is the beauty of the bloom. I love the way you captured an iridescent sheen on the blooms in the last picture.

26 02 2009

Spectacular compositions you have a beautiful skill.

27 02 2009


The photos are awesome! I especially love the third one, it is so rich with texture, shadows and detail.


6 03 2009

So beautiful! And I love their earthy scent. But then I even enjoy marigolds.

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