Think Spring!


Narcissus ‘Ziva’

Which version do you prefer, black and white or color?

Beginning in November, we maintain a continuous flow of blooming narcissus by planting a new batch every two weeks or so. Paperwhites ‘Ziva’ blooms before the first of the year and ‘Galilee’ just after the holiday season. The ‘Chinese Sacred Lily’ (Narcissus tazetta var. orientalis) is almost as easy to force and has a sweeter, though no less potent fragrance. The scent is a dreamy blend of orange and honeysuckle. They are also a member of the tazetta group bearing multiple blossoms atop slender stalks, with white petals and cheery yellow cups. The ‘Chinese Sacred Lily,’ brought to this country by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s, is traditionally forced to bloom for New Year’s celebrations.

With both paperwhites and ‘Chinese Sacred Lilies,’ place the bulbs in bowl or pot and cover with stones. The emerging green tips should be poking though the stones. Water up to the halfway point of the bulb and place in a cool dark room; an unheated basement is ideal. Water periodically and within a week or so, new growth will be visible. Then place the bulbs in the room away from strong light, continue to water as needed, and once in bloom, they will flower and scent your home for a week or more. Excerpted from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden.

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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5 Responses to Think Spring!

  1. For me, comparing black & white and color is like comparing apples and oranges. I think I choose one or the other depending on the subject and location. In the days of film, I’d carry one camera with either b/w or 4/c (slide film). When shooting for magazines and other publications, I had to carry two camera bodies with both kinds of film. With today’s digital cameras, shooting and post-shooting options are greatly increased. I like the color version of “Ziva” best. One of my favorite sunset photos is “Plum Cove Sunset, circa 1930.” Why? Because we see only in color, and the b/w sunset makes your brain fill them in.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Black and white.

  3. John Hiler says:

    B&W

  4. capeannpatio says:

    Black and white.

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