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❁ Flower of the Day ~ Agapanthus

FLOWER OF THE DAY
Agapanthus

Agapanthus webcards




Will Assist You In ~
Most aspects of romantic love. This flower can help you connect with your true feelings and desires and can revel the hidden affections that another may hold for you.
Wonderful plant allies for those who have issues with security and particularly money. Releases victim mentality which can surround those struggling with self-belief in attaining financial security.

Language of Flowers Oracle ~
Someone may be secretly in love with you! A love you thought long~gone may return soon and this wont just mean romantic love, but also friendships which inspired deep feelings of love within you or even things which you held great passion for.
A change for the better in your ability to make money, attain a more secure position or even a promotion of some sort could be indicated.
Be very careful of becoming too materialistic, holding on to what you really do not need or being greedy because it will backfire on you.

Gardening Notes ~
Often referred to as un~killable, they are very easy to grow in most conditions. They do prefer sunlight, regular watering and feeding to produce abundant flowers. You can lift and divide via root division in winter which will not only create more plants but keep your planting neat and manageable. Deadhead quickly to stop seeding as you do need to be mindful of where you plant them and how they are managed as they can become a weed and a problem for our bush land.

bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn xx
PS, you are always welcome to download/share

Image ~
A beautiful first~season Agapanthus on my Lake Walk yesterday. Very windy up here on The Lakes so photo is a tad blurry but ahhh how wonderful and wild Nature is!


❁ Flower of the Day ~ Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

FLOWER OF THE DAY
Nasturtium
(Tropaeolum majus)

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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!

May Nature bless you always and may you in turn always be a Blessing to Nature,
bunches of love,
Cheralyn ❁ xx


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Jasmine Flower Spell

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.




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Bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn xx


FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ ❁ Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

❁ Flower Affirmation ~ 
My strength and courage is growing. 



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This image is from my Veggie Garden this morning and perhaps the message I know this special herb brings may connect with some of you too.
*please feel free to download, keep and to share online if you wish 

 

❁  Will Assist By ~ 
Helping you to relax, increasing your psychic abilities, protecting you from nightmares and ridding areas of negative energies. 

❁  The Language of Flowers Oracle ~
You may be tested some way soon but you do have the courage and the strength to overcome. Do not let fanciful dramatic fantasy overtake what is actually going on. There is an indication of a change in such for the better and you may even find yourself to occur of another's desires. 

❁  Flower Lore ~ 
The Ancient Greeks had a fondest of Thyme as a herb of purification and they thought it particularly useful in walking away the sorrows or ill health and fortune one might have and their soldiers used it in their bathing to enhance their courage. The Ancient Roman soldiers believed it gave them the physical energy they required for battle and would bath in it for this purpose. In Medieval times it was a popular motif for Knights as it was believed both courage and strength are assured through it's symbolism. 
Thyme will assist you to see Faeries, in fact, this herb is strongly connected with the Fae and I have found many mentions of such through cultural references and literature. It would see that the Faeries adore Thyme and use it to decorate their gatherings.
Collecting Thyme on Midsummer Day, then creating a mist from it to dose trees at the Solstice will ensure the very best growth. ~ There are many variations of this recipe but most include thyme as a base with the addition of rosewater and marigold and other flowers and herbs to produce a charm or eyewash to enable one to see Faeries. Here is one I have shared for a few years now  ~ 

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❁  Gardening Notes ~
Thyme is a slow growing plant to grow from from seed and is best propagated from cuttings and by dividing roots. Best grown in a greenhouse or indoors. Transplant young plants into  final positions, in full sun with well-drained soil. Don't overdo harvest in the first year and always water sparingly once established. Thyme has the most flavour in Summer and be sure to mulch well around the plant to protect the roots in winter, particularly if frosty. 


bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn  ❁ xx 

*always remember the energy of a flower is held throughout the entire plant. It does not need to be in flower for your to benefit from connection with it. This information does not replace medical care or advice and you must seek out the professional advice in regards to therapeutic usage and proper plant identification. 


FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ ❁Tuberose (Polyanthus tuberose)

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Will Assist You in:
Finding your focus and sticking with it. Tuberose supports those who are finding it hard to stick with their path by showing creative ways to enjoy the everyday and it also assists those looking to inspire desire and passion ~ creative, romantic and sexual.

Language of Flowers Oracle:
Temptation for something rather dangerous but still pleasurable may be coming your way. You are warned to proceed carefully and be sure you are in possession of all the facts. There is a chance of deception.
Focus is required at present, don't drift off into daydreams and remember to stay true to your original desires and plans.
Creative projects have a greater scope for success at present and the next steps perhaps only thought out at this stage, should be actioned at this time.
The generosity shown now will have great benefit later. Conversely, if you accept the gifts of others, be aware that there may be strings attached which will pull on you later.

Flower Lore:
Tuberose has a beautiful entwined history with seduction, love and even death. In India it is a flower of Wedding celebration, used to ensure amorous feelings between the newlyweds. In France woman are warned not to wear it's perfume or experience it's fragrance after nightfall in case they fall under it's spell and become over amorous with any man who crosses their path.
A very popular funeral flower with the English Victorians, it came to actually symbolise death itself for a while and the superstition arose that one should never sit in a room alone with one for death would surely find you.
A perhaps more aligned to the real Language of Tuberose tradition is the giving of a single blossom to another to indicate your undying passion.

Gardening Notes:
Tuberose are native to Mexico and so do very well in similar climates. Plant bulbs in late Winter to early spring for Summer flowering. A night flower which adores full sun to grow well.

bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn ❁ xx

card: 'Tuberose, Focus', Flowers of the Night Oracle, Cheralyn Darcey 2016
artwork: 'Polyanthus tuberose and Horned Owl', block~print and watercolour on paper, Cheralyn Darcey 2016


Calendula Afternoon

My calendula flowers doing well today.

Calendula

I planted them along the edge of my Asian veggie garden next to my wormwood.
Love their bright sunny faces in winter. ‪


‎The Language of Flowers‬
a flower which assists with the relief of things which irritate you. Supports intuitive development and helps those looking for the return of happier times.


Botanical History
The name comes from the word Calendar and points to the fact that they flower over many months. 

Gardening Notes
A very easy to grow low maintenance herb which flowers almost all year. Water sparingly, deadhead often to ensure long flowering  (use the petals to colour cooking plus they are GOOD for your immune system) 


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
14 Uses for Calendula Tea 
Growing & Drying Calendula Flowers for Tea




Mind Body Spirit Festival, Plant Magick, Garden Goodness

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It's been a week of feeling the fresh chill of winter roll in across the Lake and the bracing winds from the Sea, with of which seem to be emulating my tides of life at the moment. I'm slowly getting my feet back after a setback with my work and finding a way forward. It's easy to hide, to hibernate and withdraw completely for the warmth of comfort or the known at times like these but it's very liberating to rug up and be brave and forge forward. That's what I'm doing and feeling enlivened by it. Rug up and don't you give up either! There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choice. 

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The Language of Flowers and Plants and Magick

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I love to garden, I adore exploring botanical history and I especially find interesting the way folk lore helps us with indications to the energy and therefore meanings of flowers and plants. Through these explorations across time, cultures, places and faiths, time again I find people practicing various Plant Magick. 
But what is Plant Magick? Does it exist? How can you experience it? 

 

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My Garden This Week 
We found a daybed for the garden! *yah* 
This meant we needed to quickly learn how to build a retaining wall and do a bit of serious landscaping.


  

Veggies: 
Beans! More beans are sprouting this week and making their way up the fence. 
I put in a new eggplant. 

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only two so far before the cold sets in I hope more might make it!



Harvesting: beetroot, celery, silverbeet, spinach, french beans, lettuce and a late tomato struck from some dug in compost. Very sweet tiny toms! 

Beans
adore my French Beans. Such pretty and delicate beauty




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In The Studio
I am creating new labels and expanding the range of my Flower Mists. Many stores have now asked to stock these and I am busy making that happen. There's a lot of logistics that need to be properly set up. It's exciting getting this interest from people and places who already have my cards and now would like to make a deeper connection with my work. Very grateful. 
I will have a list of stockist available on my website soon and for those not able to find a nearby stockist, I will have them in my Etsy store

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A flurry of joyful activity surrounds the creation of a Flora Flower series of books and I am incredibly grateful for a business which is encouraging me to "get her out into the world!" Flora loves plants and people and is looking pretty good in a series of books I hope to share with you all very soon. 

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Mind Body Spirit Festival, Sydney 
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I am delighted to be sharing two seminars at the upcoming festival in Sydney. 

Seminars are free for all Festival visitors and Festival entry tickets are free for those who register online  at this link: https://tickets.exponews.com.au/822


"Flower Reading for
Divination & Healing"
Saturday 29th May
11:30am Seminar Room B
Learn how you can Read Flowers
for healing and for insight in this interactive
workshop.
I will also gift a mini reading to each participant at the workshop.

"Sacred Flower Meditation"
Sunday 30th May
2:00pm Seminar Room B
Cheralyn invites to a beautiful healing
Flower meditation. Let us explore your
Flower Guide and hear what he or she has
to say to you.
I will also leave each meditation participant with a beautiful 
Spirit Guide Flower Reading.

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Plant Resource of the Week
Every now and then the work of this wonderful author comes up in conversations and I love to share it. This week it was during an interview I was giving for a magazine. For those of you who have not explored the botany of desire, I'd really love to suggest the book/documentary. I'm not 100% aligned with Pollan's views on flowers but the heart of what he explores and sets forth is fascinating and will really help those of you also interested in ethnobotany and the language of flowers and plants. 
The Botany of Desire by Micheal Pollan book enliven my work and sent me on many different areas of thought and research when it was released and for a long time now the documentary has been around based on this amazing book.
I've mentioned both a lot throughout the years online, (on my blog and social media) and in my every one of my workshops and presentations. Again the past week it has come up again with those I've connected with.
Here is a link to a preview. It is shown from time to time on various services and available on DVD or you could read the book!

 

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FLOWER OF THE DAY
If you follow my Florasphere Facebook Page you will find I share a FLOWER OF THE DAY postcard with interesting additional information, like the one below each day (at about 8am Sydney time). The artwork is either from one of my decks or books or from my journal or other art. I share the flower which I feel best connects with the energy of the day and perhaps it may contain something for you as well. To enjoy a new card each day which you are welcome to download and also to share them online, go to the Florasphere Facebook Page and click like and then click the like button again to set up how you would like to see the page in your timeline. 

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The floral emblem of the Australian State of Tasmania is the flower of the magnificent Blue Gum Tree. They can grow to 70 metres in height with a 2 metre diameter trunk, an impressive guardian of the forests, plains and coastal regions of southern Victoria and Tasmania.
If this flower connects with you it may be indicating a need to look after yourself physically at the moment and to take a little extra care.
Be very careful of losing faith and hope with things which are challenging you at present. Stay the course and look at what you may need to let go of or even accept in order to move forward.
Can you grow a blue gum? Of course you can and you should grow trees! I would suggest that you go and have a chat with your local council and look at planting 'local native gums' as well. Your local wildlife and other plants will love you.
I would also suggest you chat with a local arborist/garden centre about the best places to plant in your garden so you do not have problems later on.
Flower blessings,
Cheralyn xx

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Thank you for the many emails and messages thanking me for last weeks' sheet. This week, on request, i've created another Chrysanthemum Florasphere to colour with a larger blank centre. You can use this as a frame for an image or perhaps to add a name of quote. If you share online once finished, please ensure you add credit and if you share uncoloured, please do so as is (with all credit information). 

click on image for a full sized copy

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The More I Know Bees ~ 
Colour is often explored for it's meaning and the ways in which it corresponds and interrelates with other energies and lifeforms. I found this article very interesting about iridescence this morning. Another layer to explore ~


Article link: 
Less Brilliant Flowers still keep Bees coming back
Bumblebees prefer petals that have a bit less shimmer
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition Sydney
I have two dates in July, and spots are now nearly filled ~ 
TO BOOK : Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition Sydney Bookings

From the renowned collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, 40 brilliant artworks by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Complimenting this important collections is a selection of 50 photographs by Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, to share with us insights into both artists’ worlds and their relationship.

Facebook Event Page (which has gone a little crazy) 


Join me for a relaxed friendly gallery tour with like-minded Frida & Diego lovers.
After our walk~through, you are welcome to join us for light refreshments to chat
​and share our experiences.

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The cost of the group visit will be the face value of the tickets ($30) plus $5 donation to the Frida Kahlo Foundation, helping children and women in need.
In the unlikely event that circumstances prevent tour, a full refund will be sent to you immediately. Refunds are not available for other reasons, sales are final, tickets are transferable.
TO BOOK : Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition Sydney Bookings


Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,
may Nature fill it with beautiful blessings,
Cheralyn xx


THIS WEEK: Mother's Day, How to draw flowers, Workshops, MBS news and Harvesting!


It's actually been a difficult week.
Disappointments. Frustration and bit of heartache, but that's life and crappy things happen at times. It's how you handle yourself as you move on that matters most. I was blindsided by an event that I did not anticipate but I'm ok with it now as the dust settles. Sometimes we need these things to occur so we can understand ourselves more clearly, question what we really want in life and then move on with more clarity than perhaps before. When we fall, when we are holding on with fingertips, if we focus on our reactions, we can notice what it is we want to hold on to and where it is we want to end up. What makes us passionate reveals what matters most to us.

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StUdio Notes
This week I have completed another work for an upcoming Flower deck in oils & mixed media. Loving the depth and the meanings that I'm exploring as I write alongside this body of work. I'm not sure when I'll be releasing this deck as I do have a few things to work out and deciding on how it will be published is one of them. My artistic challenges have been letting go of my current deck style (a type of naive expressionism) for a more traditional approach as I feel this lends itself more to the concept of this body of work. Inspirations are Russian Zhostovo Folk style painting, the light of the Flemish Primitives and the richness of the still life works of the 17th Century Northern European floral subject artists. This deck will be complete by the end of June.

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Concurrently, I am working, as always on my long term project:  my Garden Oracle. It's been a very long process as I want to work through the year of a garden and put those experiences within the deck. As I need more than one temperate zone and one garden, I've worked through many years to make this happen. The conversations with many of you and shared experiences have enriched so much of what I do and I can not wait to begin sharing a little more of the art and the nature of this body of work very soon. Once my next Flower Deck is complete, I will be ready to start sharing a bit more.
Those who have been following progress? SOON! 

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OnLine WorKshops
I have two online workshops running at present. One is an 8 module (work at your own pace) Flora Reading Course for those wishing to become Certified Flower & Plant Readers and the other a 6 module course for those wishing to create their own card decks (self published or traditionally published). I host a vibrant, interactive and very supportive private teacher/student forum for each and you can join the courses at any time (now!) and work completely at your own pace with lifetime access.

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MORE INFORMATION: 
Become a Certified Flower Reader 
Create Your Own Card Decks


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In~Person WorkShops
I'll be at the upcoming Sydney Mind Body Spirit FestivAl presenting a Workshop on the Saturday and a Meditation on the Sunday. This year MBS is free for those who register online. All workshops are also free for those attending.

MBS SydYou are invited to my free workshops at Sydney MBS: 

"Flower Reading for
Divination & Healing"
Saturday 29th May
11:30am Seminar Room B
Learn how you can Read Flowers

for healing and for insight in this interactive
workshop. Cheralyn will also give a mini reading to each participant at the workshop.

"Sacred Flower Meditation"
Sunday 30th May
2:00pm Seminar Room B
Cheralyn invites to a beautiful healing
​Flower meditation. Let us explore your
Flower Guide and hear what he or she has
​to say to you. Cheralyn will also leave each meditation participant with a
​Flower Reading.

For more information:

Mind Body Spirit Festival Sydney Facebook Event Listing 

Mind Body Spirit Sydney Seminars

Mind Body Spirit Festival Website
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FloWer of the Day
Catch up postcards for the flower of the day series this week are sent out each Sunday night in my weekly newsletter.
Obtain links to all seven Flower of the Day postcards in your newsletter each week.

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If you love these postcards, you may like to subscribe to the Florasphere e~magazine,
a weekly email filled with extra flower and plant goodness just for subscribers. 

 

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In the GarDen
Oh there's a chill in the air each morning now! I've cleared one plot of summer sunshine goodness to make way for some winter warmth.
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This week I've dug in compost, cow manure and a of love to rest the earth before I plant out broccoli, bok choy, more cabbages, silverbeet in this plot. Thats an artichoke stretching her arms to sky in the corner!


Garden thisI'm harvesting beans of many varieties, silverbeet, bok choy, lettuce, tomatoes, nasturtiums, celery and spinach this week. An abundance of basil sees me making up a lot of pesto later this weekend for family and friends!


Not sure what to plant in your veggie patch this month? 
Try out this wonderful online resource: 
 Gardenate Planting Guide

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Florasphere ~ How to DrAw Flowers
It's been a while coming but here it is! My first video tutorial and a worksheet. Both free for you to keep, download and share.
This week is WARATAH

How to draw a flower book sample

The key is practice. You might even like to grab some tracing paper and trace this worksheet a few times first. Then, once you are confident enough to draw a waratah from start to finish alone, practice. Extend yourself and try variations. Invest in a pocket sketchbook and little pencil and sketch whenever you have a spare moment. Pretty soon you will be drawing bunches of beautiful Waratahs!
Enjoy and yes it's ok to share and download.
For a full 40 minute free "How to Draw a Waratah video tutorial, which includes waratah healing, guidance, botanical history and gardening chat, 

 

When you get there, click SUBSCRIBE so you are first to know when new videos are available.

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IkeBana
After an amazing day at the Sydney Botanic Gardens a few weeks ago and experiencing the wonderfully enlightening Ikebana displays and hearing the artists, I have taken the long wished for step and begun formal training this week. 
I cold not find a course anywhere near me but have found a wonderful teacher online. 
If you are interested in exploring, I highly recommend my new teacher Stephen Coler, more information: THIS LINK


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This is my first attempt with what was in my garden ~ 

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Happiest of Mother's Day Blessings and joy to everyone.
As a Mother with my own children apart from me today, I did wake feeling a bit sad but then it turned to slow rising joy as I realised the lesson of Chrysanthemum, LIFE.
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To give life is to give space, to create and to let go and to be optimistic for what may come. To understand that there will be cycles of rebirth (you will get to directly nurture again) but like the pulling in of the flower after it's time, you need to again release until you are called again by the seasons and cycles of Life.
My children can not be with me today because they are following their dreams and I am so very proud of them for that. Today they are working in jobs that they love completely, both caring for others in very different ways but none the less, with a commitment and care that makes me incredibly proud. So I'm happy to be a Mum today and stand back while my children plant their own dreams in places and in ways I might never of dreamt myself.
I also think of Mother's Day as so much more than just the direct maternal bond, but also in the connections and commitments we make to others. To care, to help with life through nurturing, providing a place in our hearts, at our tables, studios and in our spaces to be heard and supported and encouraged. To those of you who care and nurture others, our earth, our creatures, ideas and creations of care and hope, I wish you many happy blessings and thanks for all you do.


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BookSeller ThankYou
Blown away with shelf position! Thank you so much for the store love Dymocks Books Westfield Warringah Mall in Sydney

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I stumbled upon this in person but if you are a bookseller and have an awesome pic of one of my titles in your store to share, send it to cheralyndarcey@gmail.com with your bookstore web address. 
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ColouRing In SheeT for YOU! 

click on image for a full~sized downloadable copy

image can be shared as is (with credits)

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Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,
may Nature fill it with beautiful blessings,
Cheralyn xx Cheralyn bird of paradise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This Week ~ Book Completed, Yoga & Free Running Nasturtiums

BOOK COMPLETED 

To finish creating anything , a book, an artwork, anything creative, is a very strange mix of emotions. 
This week, Friday at 2:30pm Sydney time to be exact, I completed writing what I refer to as my 'Big Book'.


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Well, it's not particularly big but it has filled a very big part of my world for decades. It's a book I wanted and couldn't find and it's a book which is particularly special as I feel it brings all my work together and provides a very good foundation for what is to come.
I got to a certain point with the book two months ago and I realised something additional needed to be included and I have worked solidly around the clock to make that happen for Deadline. It has meant that I did need to put many things aside and I haven't been the best friend, family member or even participant in a lot of things while I made it all happen. My mind, body and soul were 100% focused on the book for that time.
Some relationships were tested and others strengthened by it and new ones emerged because there is no more selfish thing to do than to completely give yourself over to a creative project, without out-sourced administration or a daily living infrastructure to support you. The bottom line, I can not afford either and need to be pretty much the soul provider of these these things for various reasons.  I think if I could afford to provide these things? I would probably love a cleaner, a manager and an assistant. In that order. 
Now I am out the other side, I have to say that as wonderful as the moment is, it didn't come without a few scars. I've put on a few kilos. I went to the gym 5 times a week but sitting on your bum all those hours and getting the nibbles because you gave up coffee will do it! So the mission is on to remove those now. I've missed really good opportunities as I have not been able to follow up on them or notice them before it was too late and I've not participated in many activities, groups and involvements which I enjoy. Oh and my house is as dusty as a haunted house and let's not go into the fridge/science experiment! 
But the garden is wonderful.

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planting winter goodness


The seasons stop for nothing and without my dawn gardening daily ritual, I think I would of 'lost it'. 

I am incredibly grateful for those who supported me with their friendship, love and interest. 
There are many people who follow my work surrounding Botanical History and the branch of Ethnobotany I follow with the focus I have with Flowers and I am blessed with the path crossings and the time we spend together. While it is also true I have also experienced a few disappointments along the way recently, the majority of people are really lovely and genuine, without an agenda and with an honest interest in this field of work and for that I have found a lot to be grateful for. 


So the 'Big Book' is completed and I have illustrations to tidy up and finish over the next week and then await the machinations of publishing to happen. It's an exciting time and a funny time. You finish and now you wait and wonder what will be for your baby, but you need to let go. Of course I wonder and worry if I did enough, if I did it 'right' but I did what was in my heart and I created from a place of loving nature, botany, gardening and people and it comes from the foundation all the work I have done and all the experiences I have had in this field for over three decades so if nothing else, there is complete truth to the work.

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Now off you go book, fly and be free and may you land in the hands of those who love the subject as I do and perhaps bring sunshine and warmth as you have me.



YOGA
So through all this last couple of months, I joined the local gym, found an amazing Personal Trainer, who happens to be the gym Yoga Teacher so not only did i start doing some more serious working out but I began doing Yoga. I love both. Firstly Helen, my trainer, has done amazing things getting me to do weights again by working around the injury issues I have, to the point that I can now raise my arm to all extension (yes I'm amazed!) I've also overcome my fear of Yoga. Well not Yoga itself, just the uber competitiveness and cliqueiness of any classes I've tried. Helen runs the most wonderful space and I adore going. 
Not only have I begun Yoga, so has Mr Darcey!

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TRAVEL
Sadly we have had to postpone our trip to Uluru in a few weeks for personal reasons. We did share with all our friends and family that this was happening but as those close to us know, it really won't be possible right now. All things sometimes for a reason. 
We are now looking at September and perhaps may even be able to extend to a bit of a Wildflower Trek as well.



FLOWER GARDENING
It's defiantly Nasturtium time for me!

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Yes they can run wild and need to be looked after but there's something uplifting and enlivening about these flowers happily tumbling over everything isn't there? They are connected with vitality and victory and heal those feeling deflated or exhausted. They seem to give you that kick you need to get over the line. Yes yes, I did find much strength with my Nasturtium friends in the garden the past few weeks myself ;) 


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So easy to grow and they are delicious in salads, wraps and sandwiches. I grow mine in areas which are challenging for other plants as they provide a pretty fill while still being useful. As I said, you need to watch these cheeky guys as they will take over! I've planted standards, climbing and dwarf and hopefully will have some black velvets to show you in the coming weeks. 

WHAT'S COMING UP?
Well my poor old social media sites, websites and so on are looking sad at the moment so you can look forward to new energy over at my Youtube Channel this week with Flower of The Day Videos beginning! I know how much you all love the postcards so this is an extension of that 

Hop on over and subscribe so you never miss an episode: 
FLORASPHERE YOUTUBE CHANNEL LINK  

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More colouring in and creativity videos are also on their way ~ all with Flower love and inspiration!  
I have just noticed I seem to have somehow lost my URL and need to find out what happened there. Ah another technical task to do this week. 




FLORA FLOWER 

I have shared Flora publicly for a few years now after being frightened for a very long time of someone 'stealing' her.
Silly as she deserved to be out in the sunshine. 
Flora stories
I've shared the story of the young flower girl who loves gardening and nature with many people for many years before that and I've often wondered where she would 'end up'. I'm still not sue but rest assured that behind the scenes I have been working on a few projects which involve her. My dream is to see her animated one day but before that in a series of books. 

You can be her friend on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/MsFloraFlower
and follow her board on Pinterest
https://au.pinterest.com/florasphere/flora/



THIS SUNDAY
So looking forward to this wonderful day at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden. 
I have a few of these days planned for the rest of the year too and one later in the year in Brisbane. 
If you are in Sydney, you are most certainly invited. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/186234388411774/

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So until next week, 

May Nature always bless you and may you always be a blessing to Nature! 

Bunches of Love, 

Cheralyn xx 










 



Begonia Flower Magick & Healing

Big Day Today!!!
Stage 2 of My Night Garden.

A little Day of the Dead/ shadow work on the path. Can't believe how far we have come.

Begonia

The Meanings of Begonia tuberous -
you are using power beyond your capabilities, beware, shadow work, caution, healing matters of passion and the heart, soul retrieval work.


(Not really for the faint hearted) there are superstitions surrounding this flower which are connected with its meaning.

It is considered bad luck to give them to someone or to have them. This is connected with a failure to understand the power of the plant. It also will not favour those who work under false pretences, especially with nature.


I find it's a fantastic flower to align with when working with your life passion. Xx