KDHamptons DIY: Holiday Bulbs For Home and Christmas Gift Giving


Here’s a fun KDHamptons DIY project that will spruce up your Hamptons holiday decor… I love the signature scent of Paper Whites [Narcissus] during the holiday season, and the look of bright blooming Amaryllis.  When you walk into a room filled with these flowers you immediately feel like it’s Christmas.  Ornate planters of blooming Narcissus can be purchased at all of the great Hamptons floral boutiques, but you can also choose your own mix of bulbs and design personalized arrangements for your holiday home, or as gifts for friends.

For inspiration each season, I pop into Marders Garden Center in Bridgehampton, Lynch’s Garden Center in Southampton, as well as Topiaire Floral Boutique, to pick out my bulbs and see what cool ideas the experts are coming up with this season. Bulbs are so easy to plant and don’t need a lot of care. The best part is that they look just as interesting as they begin to grow as they do when they bloom. Get creative and try some of my ideas below:

Bulbs can range greatly in price, size, color, and fragrance so be sure to check the package details. One giant Amaryllis bulb may have three separate blooms so you may just need one per arrangement.

Marders sculptural concept of housing the bulbs in glass vessels with stones in the base
Bundle up and hit the beach to collect white rocks, shells, and a few pine cones to use in your display.  I scored a bunch at Circle Beach in Sag Harbor (above).

I like to think outside the box when choosing planters as bulbs do not need a great amount of watering or drainage. Marders plants bulbs in carved out white pine logs [two above] and I chose the above blue and white porcelain serving bowl that was sitting in our china cabinet for my Narcissus, accented with a few seashells sprinkled between bulbs.


Marders Garden Shop is located at: 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton; .631.537.3700

Topiaire is located at: 51 Jobs Lane: Southampton; 631.287.3800; www.topiaireflowershop.us

Gently change the water out twice a week.

My blooming paper whites in our guest bath

Paper whites in a rustic wooden planter at Topiaire.