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❁ This Magickal Gardening Week ~ broccoli, snapping dragons & the celery forest

It's a busy week with my work as I complete illustrations for my fourth Flower deck which will be released early next year and I'm sure being lost each day in the dreamy tones of spring in these delicate watercolours is no coincidence. I have found I work best when what I am creating aligns with the turning seasons, with what is occurring in my garden and environment. The energy, messages and wisdom I am then sharing through my writing and art is pure and clear.



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Today in the garden ~ 

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artwork I'm creating for my fourth flower oracle deck ~ 

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A few Flowers in my garden this week ~ 

Snapdragons!
Antirrhinum
I planted these out last year and it is a joy to see their return. Chattering to each other in a quiet corner of my back garden, they seem to hold court while watching over their soon to arrive flower friends, daisy, jasmine and cornflower. 
The Language of Flowers: truth~telling, grace, secrets, "I long for you" 

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A tiny Snapdragon visitor ~ 

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Bottlebrush 
Callistemon
Oh it is time for cleansing away the sleepiness of winter, of letting go of the dream~state and awakening and so Bottlebrush is making a most welcome appearance not only in my garden but naturally everywhere! 
The Language of Flowers: balance, cleansing, clarity "I understand"

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Pigface
Carpobrotus 
Nothing speaks to me of childhood summers really like these. They grew in abundance in the rockeries of my grandparents home. 
Perfectly strong, yet somehow a little unreal with their bright petals springing forth from leaves which to my eye, never really looked somehow matched to these flowers. 
The Language of Flowers: survival, tenacity, forgiveness "I forgive and let go" 

Pigface
Some interesting Pigface Flower Facts: 
http://www.sgaonline.org.au/pigface-carpobrotus-glaucescens/



Calendula
Calendula officinalis
So blessed with the love of this plant. She is growing so well nestled next to my Wormwood with brilliant orange faces greeting each dawn. 
The Language of Flowers: contentment, cleansing, healing "I am grateful" 

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And so the Veggie Garden
It is time to harvest the last of Winter and so prepare for Summer. Memories of rosy red tomatoes and crisp green lettuce are enticing me to being the preparation of the soil, to rest some areas, to work others so all will be ready. The chill is leaving our mornings and nights and the earth is opening, warming and ready to welcome the plants of the coming seasons. 


Harvest this week: 

Celery
We have been enjoying celery for weeks and weeks but we are heading into a very abundant time and I'm loving adding it to juices and just about everything from frittatas to asian dishes.

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Broccoli 
The time is over for nibbling as we delight in the very last of this year's crop. One of my all time favourite vegetables, I'm personally just about living on it and the taste is amazing. Steamed with a tiny bit of lemon juice ~ YUM! 

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Herbs
Well I'm constantly harvesting herbs, its the best way to ensure they grow but right now I have a really bumper amount of thyme, rosemary, wormwood, vervain, calendula, parsley, rocket and society garlic. 
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may Nature always bless you but more importantly, 
may you always be a blessing to Nature 
bunches of love, 
Cheralyn


Cheralyn Darcey is a passionate gardener and botanical history author and artist who loves sharing her three plus decades wealth of flowers and plant wisdom, stories and knowledge through her publications, presentations and workshops.

This weekend I will be presenting a workshop at Sydney's wonderful Festival of Dreams at 3:30pm Saturday.
I'll be sharing all things Flowers, Plants and Gardening and how you can find personal healing, guidance and a little magick with Nature ~ 



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❁ In Casa Darcey Garden this Week ~ Rainbows, Artichokes, Sweet Verburnum

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. 



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my artichoke! so much plant! 
meanings ~ flexibility, calm amidst turmoil, great to assist you in staying on longer paths and with long range goals. 



Rainbow
A rainbow was a blessing to see over my Veggie Garden. 
The new picket fence and gate, we had loads of fun building,
has provided a safe haven for my
Vegetables and Herbs which are planted for culinary, medicinal and magickal uses. 
To capture the sunlight, I've not wasted the fence line
by adding planters of additional herbs.
Pandorea will not only attract bees but eventually form a tunnel to the garden
with the addition on two more arches. 



  

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Things are greening up in what was that mess of a back garden.
Planted 8 months ago and in bloom on the right there ~ 

Jasmine (Jasminum)  ~ success, social gathering, healing, abundance
and Pandorea (Pandorea jasminoides) shelter, sharing, small successes 

  

Strawberries
A faerie circle in my strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa) 
( clarity, grounding, the future)

 

Kangaroo paw pinks
Rescued a couple of left over Pink Kangaroo Paws from a supermarket display
Pink Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos flavidus) are wonderful for healing friendships, saying you are sorry and for bringing groups together to explore healing.

 

Calendula
Calendula (calendula officinalis) 
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 

 

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broccoli, brussel sprouts, rosemary




Hedge
My Sweet Viburnum Hedge (Viburnum odoratissimum) 
assists us to set clear boundaries so that we may feel free to express and connect with more subtle and gentle energies.
Very good to connect with when you are feeling overwhelmed. 


hope you are enjoying the garden & nature somehow this week too! 
bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn ❁