The meanings of Frangipani and what they may hold for you along with a little bit of gardening knowledge, botanical history and folklore of this beautiful flower. I also explore the impact that colour has on the Language of flowers.
Such a wonderful Flower to have around when you are working through challenges and also tasks towards goals.
As a Flower Oracle, Tree Spider Orchid will be indicating that you are on the right path, that you can surmount any difficulties that you are facing and it will be reminding you to have faith in yourself.
This flower will be warning you to hold back a little for yourself and not share too much with too many.
Dendrobium tetragonum is an epiphyte (a plant that grows on another) and is a native to Australian Queensland and New South Wales coastline. This fascinating plant with spider-like flowers, is very unique as it has a square steam, a rarity in the plant kingdom. They also have a very fresh minty fragrance that I feel embodies the energies of resolve and of capability.
My Australian friends, if you see one in the wild, they are protected so leave them be and if you do obtain some from a licensed source, grow them by tying lightly to a tree or piece of bark (paperbark is probably best) and keep damp.
They will probably not survive frost and need to be watered regularly throughs summer. If you are wanting to obtain and grow these amazing flowers, my advice is to go and find specialist orchid resources and groups and have a chat.
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
Getting ready for the weekend!
It has been very hot here in Australia so mind the notes to limit watering. Usually this would mean it is not a great time to water as problems associated with it could be more prevalent (pests, rotting, water-logging). This could still be the case so use common sense and be careful not to overwater.
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Sweet Peas are all about finding your true place in the world. When Sweet Pea blossoms in a place, we can feel at home. If someone gives you Sweet Peas, it means they think of you as family. As a Flower Oracle they will indicate harmony, good luck, protection and gratitude but they will also indicate that you may need to take responsibility for something you have done (make things right) or that more is expected of you.
Sweet Pea are summer blooming native of the Mediterranean and are thought to have originated in Sicily. Sow in Autumn (Fall) after soaking in warm water overnight. You will need to provide a trellis or support of some sort for them to grow on as they are a climber.
There is a lovely tradition in Australia of planting our Sweet Peas on St Patricks Day in temperate to warmer areas. In cooler climates, you may need to wait until Spring.
bunches of love,
bunches of love,
card from 'Flower Reading Cards' Oracle Deck, (the flowers of sacred places around the world) written & illustrated in Block print by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing
Sweet Peas are pictured on this card at the Temple of Hera in The Valley of Temples, Selinunte, Sicily
Intimacy is knowing and feeling the very heart of something completely. Evening Star is especially helpful for those who want to find their personal passion in life or are feeling somehow distanced from it. This flower will also assist those who seem a little too concerned with the opinions or the validation of others.
As a Flower Oracle, Evening Star will indicate a deepening of feelings in romantic relationships and perhaps new energy that stirs your soul into action entering into your life in the way of a purpose, a cause or an interest.
Be careful that you are not losing yourself in a relationship at the moment (romantic, friendship or business). There is a risk of you giving too much and becoming far too dependent.
Evening Star is a Noth America native plant that is usually found in Arizona and California. It is picture with the Hummingbird Moth (Hyles lineata), one of its pollinators, so named due to its hovering behaviour.
bunches of blessings,
card from 'Flowers of the Night Oracle' written and illustrated in block print by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing
Gladioli are a helpful flower to have around if you are feeling things are proving a bit difficult for you. They boost creative growth, help with boundary setting and give you a lift.
As a Flower Oracle, they will indicate that you must not give up on something but they will warn you to look after yourself and what is yours.
Their scientific name comes to us via an alternate common name. They are known throughout many European regions as 'Sword Lily'. In Ancient Rome a soldiers' sword was known as a 'gladius' and a short sword as a 'gladiolus'. Naturally this is the origin also of the term 'Gladiator' for those who battled with swords in the great arenas of the time.
The image I've shared today is actually of one my Gladdys flowering at home right now. They are a Summer-blooming plant that needs to be planted out in Spring as soon as the last of the frost (if occurring in your area) have occurred.
Try to plant in a sheltered position but all the same, they may need to be staked as they grow. They will prefer a very sunny spot, to be well watered but not overly so. I leave mine in after flowering as I'm in Sydney, Australia, but you may need to dig yours up after flowering and store for next Spring if you are in a particular cold place. Remember to leave the foliage until it has all died down before cutting back as the leaves are busty storing nutrients for next years flowering.
bunches of love,
card from 'Flower Petals. blossoming guidance from the garden',
written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey, Botanical Explorer, Author & Artist, published by Rockpool Publishing
This deck features 40 different Flowers Affirmations based on the Language of Flowers.