BLOOMING NOW in the east window of my upstairs bath is the fabulous “Chinese Sacred Lily,” Narcissus tazetta v. orientalis. What a welcome sight! The flowers are pure white, with a deep-tangerine cup. And the fragrance they emit — a blend of honey, clove, and citrus — is something to sing about. I’d like you to enjoy these perfumed blooms, too. And that’s why I’ve purchased a package of 10 bulbs to give away in this month’s random drawing.
Like all tropical narcissi, the Chinese Sacred Lily is extremely easy to grow. You can plant the bulbs in pebbles and water, as I did, or in a pot of well-draining potting mix. Provide full sun. My bulbs took about 10 weeks to bloom, but that’s because I planted them back in October. Bulbs planted in January should bloom in 3-4 weeks time. And that means you’ll have them to enjoy for Valentine’s Day.
Feeling adventurous? You can carve the bulbs so their leaves and flowers will emerge in fantastical forms. My friend Kathleen turned me onto this website, which shows Chinese Sacred Lily boats, swans, and other topiary. (I wish I could read Chinese for the photos on the site are truly amazing.)
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Enter soon! This random drawing expires on January 16 at 11:59 PM. As always, I’ll use the nifty gadget at Random (dot) org to select the winner.
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