I’m contacted daily by people who would would like me to share how I discover the meanings of flowers. Most are writing or creating things based on the Language of Flowers.
Do I receive the information from Spirit? Faeries? Intuition?
Do I have certain/favourite/special books which contain these secrets?
Do I just make them up?
Most people want that magick key, that one source or place, but I cannot give it to them.
Not because I’m mean-spirited but because there is not one key, one place. It’s actually
’out there’ in Nature. It’s in gardening books, complementary health books, it’s in the stories of people from all over the world and from the folklore whispered down time.
Like many of these people who contact me, I did want one book, one resource, to contain keywords, but even that came at a great cost. One I gladly paid. In time, in experience, in patience.
Although there are many ‘Language of Flowers’ books, most are whimsical pieces which do not contain the botanical names and they do not go deep enough nor do they reach back far enough to source material to ensure accurate meanings. This is why I wrote Flowerpaedia. I wanted something handy to contain as many Flower meanings as possible that everyone could reference easily. It is a tool that I couldn’t find and I wanted so I thought maybe others would as well. It is a beginning, not an end and I hope that those who use it see Flowerpaedia that way. These are keywords to start a conversation with Nature and I know you will hear so much more!
To find these meanings, it took take me over ten years. I did not labour every day for eight hours a day but I decided ten years ago to put my journal entries, my notes, my other titles into one place. In making that decision, I had to tidy these research notes, I had check and triple check all my entries and as I wrote a Language of Flowers translator, there was a lot of good old fashioned hard work! (The first half of book is meanings and their flowers, the second is flowers and their meanings.)
So I suppose in sharing this, what I am saying is, I can’t just hand out ‘the’ place to find all of this for your work or wonderings. You need to experience it. Go to libraries, to gardens, to the wild of nature and look, feel, listen. Speak to those who work with and for the land and most importantly, do so yourself. Grow things, love plants, share what you do as you go.
This way, you will naturally find out how to find what it is you seek but you will also find so much more and hopefully give back as you become a part of the conversation between people and plants.
bunches of blessings,