All roses offer protection and love.
Roses in yellow hues are the ones to invite into your life if you are wanting to improve friendships; welcome back energies, people and situations into your life; are looking at a new beginning and are very good to give to someone if you are wanting to ask for a second chance or would like to show that you are facing in love with them!
As A Flower Oracle, Yellow Roses will indicate that new friendships are about to be formed and that something positive from your past is about to return. They will warn of melancholy too and be careful to not over romanticise a situation.
It would take pages to share Rose botanical history with you as they have been on earth for so long. Fossil evidence dating them at least 60 million years ago. In 500BC Chinese philosopher Confucius spoke of them in the Imperial Gardens. The Ancient Romans revered them and flavoured drinks and foods; perfumed themselves with their divine scent and used them in ceremonies, rituals and traditions.
Roses need lots of sunlight, well drained soil that is rich in organic matter and a sheltered position to ensure the best possible conditions for blossoms. Mulch and feed well. Follow guidelines given for your rose type for regular pruning advice and when transplanting but all roses need to be pruned back fairly hard (branches to no more than about 10 to 5cm). This will stimulate the roots.
bunches of blessings,
card from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' a Language of Flowers Affirmation Deck of 40 cards written and illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing
🌻🌼 FLOWER OF THE DAY 🌼🌻
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
A lovely flower to surround yourself or a friend in need with, if you need cheering up or a renewal of hope in any way.
As a Flower Oracle, they will also remind you that you could miss an opportunity if you are not ready to act and they warn that you may need to be a little more humble at the moment.
In mythology, one story tells us that Ranunculus was a beautiful poet who had a lovely voice and adored singing... too much! He disturbed the peace of the forest and all of the inhabitants so much that the Gods turned him into a Buttercup so he could wander about singing as much as he liked, free in the meadows.
There is a lovely childhood game that you may be familiar with ~ holding a buttercup under your chin will indicate that you like butter! If the glow of the flower is visible on your face, then you do. A variation on this will mean that you as as good as gold.
bunches of love and blessings,
🌸 Cheralyn xx
artwork ~ 'Buttercup Blossom, Cheralyn Darcey 2017' ~ watercolour, ink, colour pencil, acrylic paint, pen.
*permission to share unedited given
Although Jonquil are one of the traditional 'bringers of spring', they actually mean desire and power and also endings, both wanted and otherwise. They assist with the passage of change and are lovely way to indicate that you return the desires of another. Perhaps so you may make way for a little change. ;)
Flora Flower, Cheralyn Darcey
The Florist, A. Heckle (1757)
Will Assist You In ~
Remaining optimistic, obtaining a victory, in being successful in a hard or long drawn out issue of conflict and most importantly will offer you ways to increase your personal vitality.
The Language of Flowers Oracle ~
Success is indicated as it a boost in resources. You are being warned to watch over your personal energy because although there is almost an abundance of it, you could waste it or let others zap too much from you.
Gardening Notes ~
Oh so easy to grow and can actually take over if you are not careful. they will self~seed everywhere! Most types are edible and make a very yummy peppery addition especially in summer salads when they are at their peek.
My photo here shows Nasturtium growing wild along the shore of the Lake near my home last night. I would not advise eating any found like this as councils do spray with pesticides.
They don't like frost or very cold areas but will tolerant shade exceptionally well. Best results are in well draining sunny positions.
Botanical History & Traditions ~
Originating in Peru, the Incas referred to Nasturtium as 'Golden Nuggets' due to their role in an almost Indiana Jones style legend of stolen gold, mountain chases, a vengeful God and a good man protecting what was right. Along the way Nature stepped in and disguised hidden gold as bright yellow Nasturtiums so it wouldn't be taken by Spanish Conquistadors and so it was eventually returned to the Incas.
The name 'nasturtium' translates from Latin as 'twisted nose' referring to it's rather strong and perhaps not so nice scent.
Now this is one tradition I personally practice ~ plant three red nasturtiums (some traditions call for black) to ensure protection unwanted visitors do not set foot in your home. I once lived in an apartment without a garden and had three small hanging baskets of bright red nasturtiums at my doorway, perfect!
I'm giving some of my old flower spell postcards a bit of new life with artworks, sketches and photos from my garden.
With this spell you can also give it a little boost by holding the bottle up to the sun before sipping.
Ensure that any botanical ingredients you use are correctly identified. Information for educational purposes only.
Feel free to keep and to share.
Bunches of blessings,
Flower Affirmation ~ "I am happy and free"
Will Assist You ~
by helping boost your confidence and showing you where you may find greater freedoms and harmony. Releasing you from what holds you. If you are looking at taking a break or a holiday, Frangipani helps you to really enjoy yourself and to recharge.
Language of Nature, Flowers and Plants Oracle ~
The true feelings of yourself or another are in focus at the moment so be sure that you take notice. If you are looking for the answer to something, it is yes or positive in it's outcome.
Opportunities for holidays, rest, as well as renewal and even beginnings is surfacing for you.
Be very careful not to take anything at face value right now and step carefully because you will be fully held accountable for your actions at this time.
Gardening Note ~
So easy to grow in most warmer climates. They do not like the cold and prefer a war sunny spot for best growth. I've always grown mine from the cuttings and found that although you can just stick them in the ground, for the best and strongest growth, dry them out in a cool dry place for 6 weeks and then plant on top of a fish in sandy soil or you could just use Seasol :)
Flower Lore ~
Oh there are so many wondrous histories connected with Frangipani. Two of my favourites which I practice myself ~
you must wake them up each morning as some Asian Monks do by gentle knocking on them.
Another, from South America, is to always plant them at the front of cemeteries or your home so that evil spirits are confused by their scent and pass by.
May Nature Bless you always,
Cheralyn Darcey xx
card ~ Flower Reading Cards, Rockpool Publishing, author and artist Cheralyn Darcey
artwork ~ 'Plumeria alba, Ceremonial Ball Courts, Capuana, Puerto Rico. Block print and gouache on paper, Cheralyn Darcey 2014
My days are filled with weeding at the moment. It's amazing how a few weeks of looking over a section can let those little goblins creep in isn't it!? My Sweet Viburnum hedge (Viburnuma Odoratissimum) was hiding a tiny forest of them. With all that early nursing I had to do to establish it, I did provide a very fertile ground which proved irresistible to weeds and stray grass. For those who missed the Facebook posts about it, I had a lot of early winter wind damage to my veggie garden from the southerly storms and winds so I have planted this hedge as a break. It's fast growing, will be high and very thick so it's perfect for the job oh and it has lovely pretty scented flowers too! I know you can tame it to be very formal but I'm keen to let it grow as it pleases with only minor trimming. It will also create a little private section which I'm going to create a table setting of some sort in.
Vegges we are enjoying at the table right now are Bok Choy, Lettuce, Celery, Spinach, Baby Carrots and French Beans.
hope you are enjoying the garden & nature somehow this week too!
bunches of blessings,