Comments on: Spring in the Midst of Winter: Paperwhites http://mossymossy.com/?p=890 The dirt on raising healthy kids Tue, 22 May 2012 18:46:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 By: Lea http://mossymossy.com/?p=890#comment-1548 Lea Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:51:00 +0000 http://mossymossy.com/?p=890#comment-1548 This post awakening a delightful memory for me: of being in second grade, when the teacher asked us each to bring in a bowl from home. Mine was a low, flat one with grey-glazed inside and rough, dry earthenware inside. In class, we filled our bowls lovely white stones and then placed the bulbs---funny looking things---in, pointy-side up. Somehow we "snuck" them back home(God bless mothers for knowing when to look away). What I remember most clearly is checking on the precious bowl every day---sliding it out from under my bed, giving it just a little water---until Valentine's day. How magical to present my mother with such a "real" gift! This post awakening a delightful memory for me: of being in second grade, when the teacher asked us each to bring in a bowl from home. Mine was a low, flat one with grey-glazed inside and rough, dry earthenware inside. In class, we filled our bowls lovely white stones and then placed the bulbs—funny looking things—in, pointy-side up. Somehow we “snuck” them back home(God bless mothers for knowing when to look away). What I remember most clearly is checking on the precious bowl every day—sliding it out from under my bed, giving it just a little water—until Valentine’s day. How magical to present my mother with such a “real” gift!

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By: Marcie http://mossymossy.com/?p=890#comment-1365 Marcie Wed, 04 Jan 2012 18:05:33 +0000 http://mossymossy.com/?p=890#comment-1365 Hey, Sheri! You are always on top of things! Was reading about this great Columbia study. You can use any hard liquor (vodka, whiskey, etc.) or rubbing alcohol, but you can't use wine or beer due to high sugar content. To determine what percentage alcohol you have, divide the proof in half (so 86 proof bourbon is 43% alcohol). Then, to convert your liquor to 5% alcohol, divide the percentage alcohol by 5 and then subtract 1. That will tell you how many parts water to mix with your 1 part alcohol. For example: 40 divided by 5 = 8. 8 minus 1 = 7. So, 7 parts water to 1 part alcohol. Hey, Sheri! You are always on top of things! Was reading about this great Columbia study. You can use any hard liquor (vodka, whiskey, etc.) or rubbing alcohol, but you can’t use wine or beer due to high sugar content. To determine what percentage alcohol you have, divide the proof in half (so 86 proof bourbon is 43% alcohol). Then, to convert your liquor to 5% alcohol, divide the percentage alcohol by 5 and then subtract 1. That will tell you how many parts water to mix with your 1 part alcohol. For example: 40 divided by 5 = 8. 8 minus 1 = 7. So, 7 parts water to 1 part alcohol.

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By: sheri http://mossymossy.com/?p=890#comment-1362 sheri Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:26:09 +0000 http://mossymossy.com/?p=890#comment-1362 I love paperwhites and "force" them every year. The only thing I DON'T love is their tendency to flop over. Here's a trick I found many years ago and it really works! When the stems are about 1-2" long (and roots have formed), replace the water with a mixture of 1 part gin to 7 parts water. The plants will grow a little shorter but NO flopping! Lovely piece as always! I love paperwhites and “force” them every year. The only thing I DON’T love is their tendency to flop over.
Here’s a trick I found many years ago and it really works!
When the stems are about 1-2″ long (and roots have formed), replace the water with a mixture of 1 part gin to 7 parts water.
The plants will grow a little shorter but NO flopping!
Lovely piece as always!

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