This was my first attempt into the process of forced
bulbs. The idea was to bring some flower blooms into
the house for the drab, long winter months.
These two Paperwhite bulbs grew so fast, blooming only
after 14 to 15 days.
I am also trying some hyacinth bulbs for the first time
but they are growing very slowly.
When the Paperwhites sprouted right up and grew
so fast I was so excited at my first attempt.
And could not wait to see what they would smell
like, if I would enjoy the fragrance, and how
long the blooms would last.
The blooms started opening up and they were so
dainty, pure white, and beautiful.
I was quite please with my little experiment of
adding blooms to the living room in the dead of
For one and a half days I kept smelling this awful
or weird burnt rubbery smell in the house.
We had been having electrical outages because of
the ice and high winds, so I went searching all
over for an electrical shortage in the house wiring
or the appliances. Even had my son checking our
old fuse box to see if one was burning out.(this
had happened once) We could not figure where this
weird awful smell was coming from.
We sniffed around the living room like blood hounds
after a raccoon. Finally I thought of my beautiful
No, surely that could not be the awful smell.
We both took a whiff and gag, there was that
He told me to get rid of the things, not
appreciating the smell or the flowers.
They were so pretty, I just couldn't throw them
out, no one throws out flowers, especially a flower fanatic.
Besides maybe they would get better.
So I moved them into the washroom by the back
door. Every time we came in the back door there
was that awful smell. The scent floated into all of the
back section of the house.
Some may like the fragrance of Paperwhites, but
there are some fragrances I cannot handle because
they make me sick.I have to watch going into candle
shops or where there is a lot of potpourri because
certain fragrances give me severe headaches, nausea
and causes dizziness.
I kept thinking I had smelled that same fragrance
on some other flower. I kept probing my little brain
for a couple of days, then it hit me.
Last summer was the first time that I had grown
Datura and the Purple Swirl variety was just gorgeous.
I had several in containers outdoors in the flowerbeds.
I was in love with them, and their fragrance outdoors was
pleasant enough, even wrote a posting on how much I
liked them. Until I stuck my nose right up to a blossom.
But they were so pretty and outdoors the smell was
not hurting anything so they stayed in the garden.
It makes me sad but my adventure into forcing
Paperwhites is over.
I had to pitch out my beautiful white blossoming
experiment. It hurt but the alternative of being
sick or keeping the flowers was not an option.
I only hope the Hyacinth's do not have the same effect
since this is a first time in trying to force them.