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Thursday Thank You

First Blush - Pink Narcissus Mix

First Blush - Pink Narcissus Mix

… to White Flower Farm in Litchfield, CT, for creating the most beautiful mixes of daffodils that even we, with our black thumbs, have been able to grow in our gardens.

Double Daffodil Quartet

Double Daffodil Quartet

Every fall, we plant a couple or fifty more bulbs and keep our fingers crossed, hoping that most will bloom come spring.  While we’re beginning to see green shoots, we’re praying that some of these darling daffodils will be ready for an Easter centerpiece!

Easter Extravaganza

Easter Extravaganza

Photos via White Flower Farm and Good Housekeeping

Fabulous Finds, Inspirations

The Amazing Amaryllis

White Flower Farm - Red Pearl Amaryllis

White Flower Farm - Red Pearl Amaryllis

Named after a shepherdess in Greek mythology, amaryllis (Hippeastrum) actually means “sparkling” and refers to the beautiful bloom which adorns this plant’s long, leafless stem.  A young physician from Leipzig, Eduard Frederich Poeppig, discovered this perennial holiday favorite on a plant hunting expedition in Chile in 1828.

New York Botanical Garden - Amaryllis Placemats

New York Botanical Garden - Amaryllis Placemats

Poeppig was so delighted with his discovery that he was, in the words of a biographer, “often compelled to relieve his full heart by uttering loud shouts of joy, to which his faithful dog and sole companion and witness of his delight responded with howls of equal delight.”

White Flower Farm - Amaryllis Exotica

White Flower Farm - Amaryllis Exotica

Every year, we look forward to filling our homes with amaryllis and delight in their flamboyant starry trumpets.  Our favorites this year include the Red Pearl, the Exotica and the Alfresco.  While growing amaryllis is always fun to do, we often sneak one or two of our faux plants into our holiday decorating.

Michel Designs - Amaryllis Collection

Michel Designs - Amaryllis Collection

So even if we wilt during the season, we know our amaryllis will keep our homes looking fresh and festive.  In the language of flowers, amaryllis also means “splendid beauty”… and there’s no wonder why!

Amaryllis.com - Alfresco Amaryllis

Amaryllis.com - Alfresco Amaryllis

Bloembox - Amaryllis Bulb Garden

Bloembox - Amaryllis Bulb Garden

Photos from White Flower Farm, The New York Botanical Garden, Michel Designs, Amaryllis.com and Bloembox

Necessary Luxury

October’s Necessary Luxury – White Flower Farm

Up Route 7 just an hour or so north of us is White Flower Farm, a charming nursery that caters to the most ardent horticulturalists and even some “black thumbs”, too!  The company was founded in 1950 by William Harris and Jane Grant, both writers from New York City, who fell in love with the outdoors and gardening when they bought their “little place in the country” twenty years prior.

White Flower Farm - Litchfield, CT

White Flower Farm - Litchfield, CT

The couple initially decided to sell only white flowered plants (hence the name), a unique concept yet not very appealing a broader gardening audience.  With the zeal and natural curiosity of journalists, Harris and Grant plunged into the world of exclusive plants, becoming the upscale purveyors of rare plants such as the variegated Clivia – only 45 plants existed – which they offered for sale at $950 each.

LLoyd Border

LLoyd Border

The company was sold in 1976 to its current owner, Eliot Wadsworth, who continues the tradition of offering a beautiful range of flowers from around the world at, fortunately, affordable prices.  We think planting White Flower Farm bulbs that will bloom throughout the year is a Necessary Luxury – don’t you?

Crocus Collection - Lavender Shades

Crocus Collection - Lavender Shades

Allium Collection - Garden Globes

Allium Collection - Garden Globes

Reblooming Iris - Mother Earth

Reblooming Iris - Mother Earth

Pink Narcissus Collection - First Blush

Pink Narcissus Collection - First Blush

Tulip Collection - A Touch of Perfume

Tulip Collection - A Touch of Perfume

Photos from White Flower Farm, This is CT and Irene Jeruss