Last weekend I attended the local Farmers Market in the nearby town to Darlington House. It is held this time of year in the meeting hall of the Episcopal church where I am a sometime parishioner. Leading up to Christmas the market is a bustle of activity, and a shopper's paradise. So much bounty and beauty to choose from.
I went to the market to stock up on paperwhites from the good ladies of Cedar Farm, who have pots and pots of them for sale in December. I came away with five pots of paperwhites, in varying sizes. Cedar Farm does a beautiful job of them, planting them with moss. They are lovely. I also bought a wreath and a spray of bay leaves from them to decorate Darlington House.
I've adored paperwhites for as long as I can remember. When I was a boy my mother, MD, bought bulbs from White Flower Farm, for forcing. I think of her every time I see paperwhites, one of her favorite flowers. They are a Christmas tradition for me, and one that I shall honor for as long as I am able to.
Photograph by Reggie Darling