🌼🌷🌳My Reviews are just my way of sharing this I love connected with with my passion for Flowers, Gardening & Creativity.
They are not critical reviews, just a friend sharing something with other friends that she found helpful, inspiring or fun. I'm going to share a favourite book each month and this one is real treasure!
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
It is a concept we know but one we often do not adhere to. We often really do have the answers already and know the truth of situations fully. There are many different kinds of violets but all have similar themes in their meanings of faithfulness, thoughts and truth.
Violet will help you stay true to something you believe in. They will assist you in finding something deep within you that you wish to explore, especially when connected to life goals, purpose and passions.
As a Flower Oracle, Violets will be indicating that you need stay on track with your values and to perhaps stop looking outside for answers.
Cupid loved violets (which were originally all white) and the Goddess Venus, in a fit of anger turned them blue after he told her they were even more beautiful than her, so they wouldn’t be so lovely. Zeus had a mistress named Io and so he could hide her from his wife, he turned her into a cow and created violets for her to eat as they are so lovely.
An old Greek belief is that it is an indication that the deceased had settled into paradise if violet, marjoram or rose grow particularly well on their grave.
During the First World War, 2nd July was proclaimed as ‘Violet Day’ in Australia and small posies and badges were sold to raise funds to assist the families of the fallen and those who returned. This tradition continued until 1928.
They were favourite of the Empress Josephine and Napoleon had them planted on her grave. Violets were adopted as the symbol of the Imperial Napoleonic Party and when Napoleon was sent into exile he famously said he was return with the violets of spring. He was toasted by his supporters in secret as ‘Caporal Violette’ On his death, a locket was found containing a lock of Josephine's hair and pressed violets.
Most types originate from the Northern Hemisphere but there are species found in Australia, the Pacific and even South America. Violets prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt a bit in mid-summer heat. They are fairly tolerant to a variety of soils but do enjoy a good feed so use a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Remove spent blooms to extend the blooming period.
bunches of love,
card from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' affirmation deck, written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing
This flower is one of the joyful bunch who impart enthusiasm and motivation wherever they find themselves! If you are feeling blocked, unable to move forward or just feeling *meh*, this Orange Banksia is the plant for you!
As a Flower Oracle, this flower is whispering to you, hang on no! This flower is jumping up and down and saying loudly "Do what you love!" An indication to return to your original plans, motivations and goals is also being shared with you.
Be very careful of cynical thoughts you may have or the cynical words of others, block them out. There is nothing of value right now in them.
Orange Banksia is an Australian Wildflower and grows as a small tree or large shrug but can attain 8 metres in height. The vibrant orange flowers bloom right near the end of Winter, sharing that extra bit of energy to awaken us to the movements of Spring.
A gorgeous collection of inspirational Red Roses to use in your collage and mixed media artworks, card making, jewellery or whatever your heart desires.
To use, click on the image to be taken to a high resolution downloadable A4 sheet.
I would love to see what you create!
You can post your Red Rose Creativity at my Facebook page or share here.
bunches of happiness,
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
This is a lovely healing flower to have around you (in fresh, growing, image or botanical creation form) if you are in the process of recuperation. Mulla Mulla will help soften and calm the healing process and any challenges that are being faced along the way.
As a Flower Oracle, Mulla Mulla is indicating that a problem is close to being solved and that new solutions may be about to be shown. The challenge you may face is in letting go of something that you feel you still require.
Mull Mulla is an Australian Native plant that is found widely throughout the inland. A winter flowering plant that is completely covered in fine, soft wooly hairs. Blossoms are a soft lilac to pink.
I love bunting in my home and studio.
Often, I'll string a line near to the place I'm working in and add all sorts of finds, pieces of ephemera, photos and artworks to inspire me and to add a mood or atmosphere to my space.
This collection is meant to be starter for you to add your own bits and pieces, finds and treasures to and is perfect for bringing new energy to the New Year and particularly helpful if you are beginning new projects or paths at the moment. I've selected flowers based on their meanings from my Flower Reading Card Oracle Deck. The artwork I created for my deck is painted carved block print and features flowers in Sacred places around the world.
To use the bunting:
Click on the image below and that will take you to a full sized image.
Right click to save to your computer.
Print out onto paper and then cut alone solid lines.
Fold over on dotted lines on a piece of string to hang. Add your own treasures too!
This bunting prints on an A4 piece of paper. You can resize each individual flags if you would like larger bunting.
You have permission to share this post and the sheet online and in-person but you must not change it and it is for personal, non-commercial use only.
A wonderful flower to have around you if you are feeling any self-doubt or are a tad overwhelmed. They assist us to connect deeply with our paths and passions and to find clarity and personal truths.
As a Flower Oracle, Dahlia are reminding you that you do have the inner-strength and fortitude to accomplish current tasks and challenges. They will be be asking you to have faith in a situation, others or yourself. Be very careful of any instabilities that you may of overlooked.
Originating in Mexico, they are also the National Flower of this country. Used as a food and a medicine by the Aztecs although exact usage is a little vague. Dahlias are an incredibly popular garden plant across the world as there are now well over 60,000 cultivars registered. In the wild you may not recognise them as they only have 8 petals.
In the garden, Dahlias like morning sun and afternoon shade. You can grow these flowers from cuttings or tubers and they are best planted in early November in Australia, mid spring in the rest of the world generally speaking but check with your local gardening resources.
When flowering, you need to make sure you dead-head (take off the dead blooms), regularly to ensure continued blooming. You need to dig up Dahlia tubers regularly and dived and replant tubers or they will become clumped together and start rotting.
bunches of love,
card is from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' a Language of Flowers affirmation deck of 40 flowers, written and illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing