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🌼🌸 FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ Tree Spider Orchid (Dendrobium tetragonum)

Such a wonderful Flower to have around when you are working through challenges and also tasks towards goals.

Tree spider orchid webcard

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.
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bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn 🌻

card is from 'Australian Wildflower Reading Cards Oracle Deck', written and illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey in block print and published by Rockpool Publishing


🌹FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ Yellow Rose (Rosa)


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.

Yellow Rose Webcard
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,
Cheralyn 🌻

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


🌻🌳🌜Florasphere Moon Gardening Guide for next week 🌛🌶🌷

Getting ready for the weekend!
🌻🌹Happy Gardening🍆🍓
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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🌼🍄FLOWER OF THE DAY 🌹🌻 Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)



Sweet pea webcard
They connect strongly to the Faery Realm and they are also indicators of strong female power and they tell of an opportunity to settle down if you have had issues with finding what you would think of as 'home' or people you feel are family, true friends or those you would like to work with.
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,
Cheralyn 🌸
 
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

🌹🌼 FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ Evening Star (Mentzelia lindleyi)

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.

Evening star webcard

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,
Cheralyn 🌼

card from 'Flowers of the Night Oracle' written and illustrated in block print by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing


FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ Gladioli (Gladiolus)

Gladioli webcard

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,
Cheralyn 🌸

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.


Floriade, Deadlines and Zines and how they sometimes work...

Is it really over yet? 

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view from my Canberra room 

Last Friday saw me driving to Sydney to place the second of my new book series into the hands of my Australian publisher. 

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... Rockpool Publishing then Floriade or bust! 

It felt good. I can't tell you exactly what that feels like but I will tell you it is a heady mix of relief, excitement, elation, numbness and outright fear...

"Have I  'done it'  right?"
"Is it really over?"
"It can't be, I missed something"
and so on.
Oh and that feeling of wanting to rip it back out of your publishers hands as a heat descends on your body from the writing gods above when she/he comments on something you know you probably haven't included... 
"I'm so looking forward to seeing the part on Zombie eating leaves *or insert whatever it was you might of alluded to in your pitch*"
So now your book gets edited... da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaa and I am kinda over the whole "the editor will think I'm an uneducated halfwit" because, well, basically other than a focused uneducated passion for botany I probably am, having left school at about 15. If it wasn't for spellcheck, I probably wouldn't be published. I can not spell, grammar? mmmmm well I know how to speak proper but any of the finer points? I thank the stars for wonderful editors!
Oh yes and thanks to an accident many many moons ago, I can only bash way at the keyboards with a few fingers of my right hand. Yes I've tried all the voice activated dictation programs but I think my accent annoys them. I seem to think better with the few fingers that do work on my right hand anyway. Maybe thats my superpower? mmmmm 
Studio
In my studio...forget about those fancy pants glossy 'in my studio photo spreads'
this right here is what 8 hours before a book deadline looks like.

But.. I love what I do and the opportunity to share it is something I'm forever grateful for. My passion to learn as much as possible about Ethnobotany (the relationship between plants and people) has filled my life with so much meaning and purpose for decades and along the way I have also learned how to craft that into something to share.

So once you hand in your First Draft, what you do not want to do is then jump back in your car and go on a road trip right after handing over a few months of sweat, tears and sizeable chunk of your sanity to your publisher. Do not do it. Oh yes, you will tell yourself that this is your holiday, treat, relaxing time. It will not be. You should go home, put on your grungiest PJs, find a very long TV series that you haven't watched because your last year has been spent writing in your universe, not escaping in theirs and you should snuggle up with a warm blanket (or friend who will not judge or more importantly talk!) and flake right out. You need to disappear and do SFA. When you finish doing it, you need to do it again. and again...

But, truth be told I did in fact enjoy Floriade in Canberra! 
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What's not to love. My best friend lives there (damn it I should of just stayed longer and flaked on her couch under her cats, I could still be there). 
There is also Flowers right now, over a million of them and it was good to see them, real good.
They had all just about burst into bloom the day before and so it was unlike any Floriade I'd ever experienced. Firstly, because rumour had gotten round that there were no flowers yet, the crowds were right down and secondly all the flowers were fresh and bright, new and well... there! 
If I had of gone a week before I would not of seen them and in this very hot spell we are having on the East Coast, if I had of gone a week later, I would of seen cooked flowers and so I went at the right time. The Flowers made me feel chirpy and hanging with Jan always makes me feel great. It would of been better with a cat blanket but I'll remember that for next time.
Hang on! ~ mental note: DO NOT AGREE TO DEADLINES AT FLORIDA TIME. 
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Floriade is all about... flowers! 

I did a few things at Floriade I can't tell you about just yet. Such is the way of writing and publishing and people not wanting other people to know what some people are doing in case they do what those people are doing too but I did flowers things which are good. 

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... and flowers!

Cow
... and things painted with flowers! 


Floriade 5
... and made to look like flowers. 


 🌷🌷🌷🌷🌻I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!🌻🌷🌷🌷

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Don't worry BigW, problem solved.....there are still Christmas trees for the Flower Crazy People! 


Back home to garden this week
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(I have a strict limit on time away policy so I can actually do what I write about) and I found that my new herb garden has gone bananas, or rather dill and comfrey and the beetroot, fennel and cos are ready and delicious. Some bird chopped two of my zucchinis seedlings to pieces. I'm assuming it was a bird or a pack of rather feral insects who decided to rip them apart and not eat them. I get needing to munch on my veggie garden so that you can survive but I'm not a fan of plant vandalism or hunting for sport. 

I'm pondering what to replace them with today or a plan of defence. 
Clivia 1
I do grow flowers too! Clivis which mean ~ inner strength and letting go of fear. 

And so to Zines. 
Last year I produced and released an Artist Edition of my Flowers of the Night Oracle
I am really proud of that work. It was exciting and just outright fun putting it together. I learned a lot about what I wanted to do in future and what i did not want to do. I learned that people still don't realise I create the art for my own work (stop sending me horrible messages saying I'm dreadful for not crediting the artist! its me and putting my name twice on the cover would just look too egotistical) I learned that really putting your work out there in your pure voice bought a lot of praise but equally loads of criticism but it made me stronger in what I believe. All of the criticism focused on how my deck wasn't like other oracle decks and didn't work the same. Well, good! It is always Nature first in my work. Always. Plants are not humans, they are not there just for us. We have a relationship with them which works both ways. I've made lots of mistakes, a few misinterpretations and followed paths to nowhere on my personal quest but that's what exploration is all about. 

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new box for Flowers of the Night Oracle

I think it is an important lesson to learn that you are not compulsory and that probably the majority will not like, understand or want your work if you are working within a defined and focused field. If you are out there creating whatever may come because you are looking to be successful in a broad genre then maybe you do need to change and bend to the popular vote but I am not and so I will not. Usually I hear confirmation that what I am doing is right in the words of those who are negative. Sometimes I hear really valuable suggestions and so I will take those on board. I am just selective because the Work I do is more important than trying to please. 

Oh yeah and so to Zines. 
Flowers of the Night Oracle is being released now by a traditional publisher, (Rockpool Publishing) a couple actually, both in Australia and the USA and UK this November. There are slight updates to it including a revised Guidebook and card format. Oh and the box is different. Because my decks take years to create (I have one now that is not going to be released until 2019 at the earliest and I've worked on since 2012), I collect a huge amount of information in my journals. I also create lots of artwork along the way too and so with this release I am gifting a Zine of Flowers of the Night with the first 99 orders for it from me (I have to keep one for myself!). 

Oh yes! IT COSTS TOO MUCH IN POSTAGE TO BUY FROM YOU
I do get a lot of people asking me if I can please offer free postage like *insert online book seller* Um no. 
When you buy from me, you get my signature on my book. Ok now this may mean nothing now but what if I was to turn out to be the next Steven King? 
Just saying' ;) 
Seriously what you also get is extra treats that are worth more than the postage cost. Artworks, prints, flower and plant stuff, seeds if you are in my  country and love, lots and lots of love! 
To be honest, running an online shop is not my job. Writing books and illustrating stuff and creating art is. 
I also only make a few dollars profit on each title I sell through my online shop. I charge what the post office charges me to post your things and unfortunately I don't post 100,000 items a day so I can't get that mega postal discount but I try hard to make it worthwhile for you because I like making friends with people who like what I like.
I'm also a fan of collecting special things from authors I like so I try and do the same for those who may feel the same. 

THE ZINE! 
FON gift pack

So that is what I'm doing right now! Making a mysterious, cool (I hope!), plant filled, flower bursting, night lovely ZINE for you all and I am LOVING IT! 
There are loads of original little artworks and inclusions and today I'm actually working out how to create a moon on something transparent to use as the cover (can I hear you all say OHHHHHHHHH). 
I think I'm down to 40 odd copies left that will include this Zine and no I will not be releasing it separately. Publishing contracts will not allow it. This is a completely handmade (by me!) Zine. 

I am going to be around a bit more, it has been a huge few months of completing books and decks and I am very grateful for those friends who like my work and have stuck around even if I'm not so 'huge on social media'. I really appreciate you and hope you will enjoy next year what this year has let me do. 

OK off to sort out my Moon creative art challenge for your Zine! 

Bunches of blessings to you,
Cheralyn 🌷

Shoes
Floriade haul... Poppy shoes.