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Floreat Files Flower of the Month - May!

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Paper Whites!

If you look carefully close to the ground at the markets now, you'll see bunches of paper whites carefully placed on top of each other in boxes, ready for paper white lovers like me to snap them all up!! They don't just have a scent, they have a PERFUME and you can smell their aroma as soon as you enter the room!

And yes, I have another story for you from Greek Mythology! Paperwhites are a form of jonquil or "narcissus", who is not just a species of flowers, but was a very handsome ancient Greek hunter, and he knew it. Nemesis (the spirit of devine retribution against those who succumb to arrogance!) saw this and attracted Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image of himself! Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died, and a field of paper whites sprang up in his place!

Do yourselves a favour and fill your homes with some paper whites, and maybe if you're lucky they might transform back to a handsome hunter like the one below :)

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