In my column for PaganPages this month, I provided directions for forcing paper whites and dedicating them to the fae. My bulbs arrived already sprouting (I ordered them from the National Gardening Association this year, 25 for $16.95, and actually received 27 gigantic, healthy bulbs) and I had to prepare 3 containers. In the past, I’ve been able to squeeze 20 bulbs into this container alone:
It used up all my pebbles and green sea glass that I use for this purpose, so I had to get creative when it came to the next two pots, which are heart-shaped ceramic bowls that have done duty as water bowls for the dogs, held potpourri, catch-alls, and casseroles! I had a couple of jars and a plastic container of beads that I knew were highly unlikely to make it into any of my projects anytime soon, so they stepped in to act as fill to hold the bulbs in place:
I started all the containers on the alcohol/water mix immediately and they’re sitting on the back of my craft table, facing the big sliding glass doors. To help them get even more sunlight, I placed light colored light-reflecting sheets of scrapbooking paper behind them.
I dedicated the bulbs and containers to the fae on Imbolc/Candlemas this past Tuesday, along with consecrating my new wands from Wands of Avalon. The Wheel is turning slowly, but it’s turning and my favorite time of year is approaching: Spring!