How to grow amaryllis and paperwhites indoors

I grow a variety of flower bulbs indoors, but my favorites in December and January are amaryllis (Hippeastrum sp.) and paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta.) After all, it’s always been my contention on this blog that blooming plants beat the winter blues. Some bulbs, like hyacinths and tulips, need a cooling period before you can coax them into…

Smiling through winter, an update

After last week’s post, I implemented my seven ways to smile through winter plan. This quiet season covers at least five months of the year in Oklahoma so smiling through winter is vital. Like Demeter, we gardeners pine for Persephone until she returns from Hades, and green shoots push forth from the earth once again. How did…