windowsill narcissus, an invincible summer.

paperwhites, from outside.
photosythesis at work.
I grew Narcissus in the window of my apartment this winter.

The bulbs arrived in a netted bag packed with accordion crinkles of craft paper. They were fragile in the way dead things are - shedding a concave paper skin that was brittle and shiny like an onion's.

But there is a certain kind of blind faith that comes from years of following instructions. So, I placed them over water and walked off.

Overnight, the creamy husks pushed upwards. Tendrils of roots reached down. In a matter of days there were green butter-knife leaves, followed by clusters of tight blooms that burst open one and two at a time. 

Looking at them, I thought of Camus

"In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer"

Their stems were lanky - loose and overlong - slightly anemic from being inside. But their presence was undeniable; white as the miracle they were.

paperwhite blooms
(photos) on film with Nikon FM 
(p.s.) these bulbs were left over from a project I did for a client | and a paperwhite DIY for Earth Day 
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4 comments:

  1. beautiful flowers! perhaps you can lend me your green thumb... i've killed about a dozen basil plants in the past few years. oops.

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  2. So beautiful! These flowers will always remind me of a warm spring day around Easter time...

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  3. Beautiful! Apartment living is no excuse now not to jump into gardening.

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  4. I don't know how I missed this when you posted it last week. "Green butter-knife leaves" - such lovely imagery there, and as always, beautiful photos.

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