So I was frustratedly reading about other people's paperwhite delights, and came across this very cool piece on pickling paperwhites. Apparently, if you grow them in a bit of alcohol (mixed with mostly water), they don't grow so tall, and aren't as tempted to flop over under the weight of those lovely white blossom heads. (One blog referred to them as 'worn out ballerinas', which is really perfect.) In their photo below, the ones on the right have been pickled:
I am totally going to try that next year. (Someone else recommended growing them in tall glass vases, so the stems can lean against the sides of the vase, which also makes sense.) In the new house, I will have sun! Umm...somewhere, I think. The north side of our house is totally shaded on the first floor by the big building next door. The west side and part of the south has the wraparound porch. The east side has a ton of sun in the mudroom, but no good place for growing plants, I think. The east side in the family room will probably have a pergola shading it. But the rest of the south side (family room and dining room) should work, I think -- although the windows are very low and perfect for kid-knocking-over-stuff-on-them. Maybe I'll grow my flowers on a tall table there.