We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I informed our readers recently that it's a good idea just to toss a little bleach into your vases of cut flowers.
Here's another tip (also via Mrs. BD's garden club). When you force Paperwhite bulbs, always throw in a shot or two of vodka or gin into their water once they sprout up a few inches. It stunts their growth just enough to prevent them from getting leggy and falling over. It has no impact on the bloom - or the scent.
One might like to imagine that it cheers them up, too. Grey Goose, of course.
I have forwarded this information to My Better Two-Thirds. She loves her paperwhites but is always struggling to keep them upstanding - surely a dose of spirits will help. (I find them a bit too fragrant for my tastes but...).
Some people like the fragrance, some people do not. I find that at certain points in the bloom it is quite nice. At other times, however, it is more akin to skunk and even worse: burning electrical wires. The latter caused me once to go on extensive hunt through the house in the middle of the night looking for the arcing circuit. I was not amused when I finally tracked it down to some flowers.