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Tawny Morning

LOOK who I saw this morning!!!! 
SO he made it into my Morning Coffee Sketch..... 
Tawny Frogmouth....
Secret Keeper! 
Well that is true for me today... how about YOU? 
I am also connecting with a lot of heritage wisdom at present so it makes sense.
I feel Tawny is saying.... "Look for what you hold deep within"
Sometimes I feel like it's on the tip of my tongue, my thoughts are JUST
about to put it together.
A knowing but not just yet realised. 


"Tawny Morning"
pencil, ink on paper

Cheralyn Darcey 2014 

Fox Kinda Day

I dreamt of Fox last night and jumped up to quickly sketch just now for YOU... and me !

Love & energy of FOX to YOU all today! 


Wisdom, luck, energy to deal with people who trouble you,
ability to see clever ideas to seemingly insurmountable problems,
breakthroughs, long life, longevity of plans. 

Have a Blessed Day of Foxy Energy my Friends..... xxxxxxxxx

PODCAST ~ Cooking with Flowers!

My Wildflower FRIENDS! 

You are already eating Flowers each week without probably being aware of it! 


well ALMOST....


The Benefits of Cooking with Flowers is the same as all Plants. 
They are healthy, nutritious and they are Magickal Foods! 

Not to mention... they are FUN. 






Flowering in my Garden this morning & EDIBLE!



Proper Flower  IDENTIFICATION is YOUR responsibility
If in doubt, don't eat it!  
Please don't send me photos to affirm for you. 
This needs to be done in person ONLY. 
Take the plant to your local horticultural center and tell them
you want to identify it as you wish to eat it. 





Ice Ice Baby... with FLOWERS! 
They didn't show up too well on the video.. here they are....




Magickal FLOWER Tortillas 


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • edible flowers, washed and dried. petals only 

    1. You can mix either by hand or with an electric mixer with a dough hook. Combine dry ingredients and mix well until combined.  Slowly add oil and water. Keep going until the mixture forms a ball and the dough is smooth.
    2. Place dough on a well-floured surface. Divide dough into 16 very even portions. Roll each into a ball, then flatten on your work surface... cover with a towel and let rest for 15mins. If the dough is sticky use a sprinkle of flour. 
    3. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. with a floured rolling pin, roll out each dough portion to about 15 cm. Place your edible flowers into one side of the dough and roll out a little more to about 17cm. 
    4. Once the pan is heated, place tortilla into the pan ~ NON FLOWER SIDE FIRST and cook for about 1 minute or until bottom surface is lightly browned in places and starting to bubble.  Flip to other side and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove from pan.


 *in my video, I DO pick the petals straight off my plant to use, I have washed the entire plant before bringing it indoors. 
*all plants are Sacred and I am always mindful of which Flowers I use for each purpose, including cooking. If a particular Flower does not seem 'right' to me to use, even though it is non toxic,
I won't use it. 


from ABOUT Home Cooking 

is a VERY good resource to work out which flowers are edible 
with links to photos. 
STILL you need to be 100% correct and the best way to be so is to grow your own 
from professionally obtained plants OR to purchase from places selling flowers for culinary use. 

Edible Flowers
Common Name Botanical Name Comments
Angelica Angelica archangelica May be skin allergen to some individuals. Good with fish and the stems are especially popular candied. Tastes like: celery-flavored. More info here.
Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Tastes like: sweet, anise-like, licorice
Apple Malus species Eat in moderation; may contain cyanide precursors. Tastes like: delicate floral flavor
Arugula Eruca vesicaria Tastes like: nutty, spicy, peppery flavor
Basil Ocimum basilicum Tastes like: different varieties have different milder flavors of the corresponding leaves. Tastes like: lemon, mint. More info here.
Bee Balm Monarda species Also known as bergamot, it is used to make a tea with a flavor similar to Earl Grey Tea. More info here.
Borage Borago officinalis Taste like: light cucumber flavor. More info here.
Burnet Sanguisorba minor Tastes like: faint cucumber flavor, very mild. More info here.
Calendula* Calendula officinalis Tastes like: poor man's saffron, spicy, tangy, peppery, adds a golden hue to foods
Carnation Dianthus caryophyllus (aka Dianthus) Tastes like: spicy, peppery, clove-like
Chamomile* Chamaemelum nobile Tastes like: faint apple flavor, good as a tea
Chicory* Cichorium intybus Buds can be pickled.
Chives: Garden Allium schoenoprasum Tastes like: mild onion flavor. More info here.
Chives: Garlic Allium tuberosum Tastes like: garlicky flavor
Chrysanthemum: Garland* Chrysanthemum coronarium Tastes like: slight to bitter flavor, pungent
Citrus: Lemon Citrus limon Tastes like: waxy, pronounced flavor, use sparingly as an edible garnish, good for making citrus waters
Clover Trifolium species Raw flowerheads can be difficult to digest.
Coriander Coriander sativum Pungent. A prime ingredient in salsa and many Latino and Oriental dishes. Tastes like: Some palates detect a disagreeable soapy flavor while others adore it. More info here.
Cornflower* Centaurea cynaus (aka Bachelor's Buttons) Tastes like: sweet to spicy, clove-like
Dandelion* Taraxacum officinalis Tastes like: very young buds fried in butter taste similar to mushrooms. Makes a potent wine.
Day Lily Hemerocallis species Many Lilies (Lillium species) contain alkaloids and are NOT edible. Daylillies may act as a laxative. Tastes like: sweet, crunchy, like a crisp lettuce leaf, faintly like chestnuts or beans
Dill Anthum graveolens More info here.
English Daisy* Bellis perennis Tastes like: tangy, leafy
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Tastes like: sweet, licorice flavor. More info here.
Fuchsia Fuchsia X hybrida Tastes like: slightly acidic
Gardenia Gardenia jasminoides Tastes like: light, sweet flavor
Gladiolus* Gladiolus spp Tastes like: similar to lettuce
Hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Tastes like: slightly acidic, boiled makes a nice beverage
Hollyhock Alcea rosea Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor
Honeysuckle: Japanese Lonicera japonica Berries are highly poisonous. Do not eat them!
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis Should be avoided by pregnant women and by those with hypertension and epilepsy.
Impatiens Impatiens wallerana Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor
Jasmine: Arabian Jasminum sambac Tastes like: delicate sweet flavor, used for teas.
Johnny-Jump-Up Viola tricolor Contains saponins and may be toxic in large amounts. Tastes like: sweet to bland flavor
Lavender Lavendula species Lavender oil may be poisenous. More Info. Tastes like: floral, slightly perfumey flavor
Lemon Verbena Aloysia triphylla Tastes like: lemony flavor, usually steeped for tea
Lilac Syringa vulgaris Tastes like: lemony, floral, pungent
Mallow: Common Malva sylrestris Tastes like: sweet, delicate flavor
Marigold: Signet Tagetes tenuifolia (aka T. signata) Tastes like: spicy to bitter
Marjoram Origanum majorana More info here.
Mint Mentha species More info here.
Mustard Brassica species Eating in large amounts may cause red skin blotches. More info here.
Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus Buds are often pickled and used like capers. Tastes like: sweet, mildly pungent, peppery flavor
Okra Abelmoschus aesculentus
(Hibiscus esculentus)
Tastes like: similar to squash blossoms
Pansy Viola X wittrockiana Tastes like: very mild sweet to tart flavor
Pea Pisum species Flowering ornamental sweet peas are poisonous.
Pineapple Guava Feijoa sellowiana Tastes like: similar to the ripe fruit of the plant, flavorful
Primrose Primula vulgaris Birdseye Primrose (P. farinosa) causes contact dermatitis. Tastes like: bland to sweet flavor
Radish Raphanus sativus Tastes like: milder, sweeter version of the more familiar radish heat
Redbud Cercis canadensis Tastes like: mildly sweet
Rose Rosa rugosa or R. gallica officinalis Tastes like: sweet, aromatic flavor, stronger fragrance produces a stronger flavor. Be sure to remove the bitter white portion of the petals. Rose hips are also edible (seeRose Hips Recipes).
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis Tastes like: pine-like, sweet, savory. More info here
Runner Bean Phaseolus coccineus Tastes like: nectar, bean-like
Safflower* Carthamus tinctorius Another "poor man's saffron" without the pungent aroma or strong flavor of the real thing
Sage Salvia officinalis Sage should not be eaten in large amounts over a long period of time. Tastes like: varies by type. More info here.
Savory: Summer Satureja hortensis More info here.
Scented Geranium Pelargonium species Citronella variety may not be edible. Tastes like: varies with differing varieties from lemon to mint. More info here.
Snapdragon Antirrhinum majus Tastes like: bland to bitter flavor
Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea Tastes like: a very mild garlic flavor
Squash Blossom Cucurbita pepo species (aka Zucchini Blossom) Tastes like: sweet, nectar flavor. More info here.
Sunflower* Helianthus annus Tastes like: leafy, slightly bitter. Lightly steam petals to lessen bitterness. Unopened flower buds can be steamed like artichokes.
Thyme Thymus vulgaris Tastes like: lemon, adds a nice light scent. More info here.
Tuberous Begonia Begonia X tuberosa ONLY HYBRIDs are edible. The flowers and stems contain oxalic acid and should not be consumed by individuals suffering from gout, kidneystones, or rheumatism. Further, the flower should be eaten in strick moderation. Tastes like: crisp, sour, lemony
Violet Viola species Tastes like: sweet, nectar
(Banana) Yucca Yucca baccata Flowers (petals only) and fruit are edible. Other parts contain saponin, which is poisonous. Large amounts may be harmful. Tastes like: crunchy, fresh flavor Tastes like: crunchy, fresh flavor
Flowers to Avoid Some flowers in particular to be avoided (but not a complete list) are: azalea, crocus, daffodil, foxglove, oleander, rhododendron, jack-in-the-pulpit, lily of the valley, and wisteria. See a more complete list.
*Only the petals of these composite flowers are edible. The pollen of composite flowers is highly allergenic and may cause reactions in sensitive individuals. Sufferers of asthma, ragweed, and hayfever should not consume composite flowers, and may have extreme allergies to ingesting any flowers at all.

Disclaimer: The author and Home Cooking Guide have thoroughly researched all the aforementioned edible flowers. However, individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed here do so entirely at their own risk. Neither the authors or Home Cooking can be held responsible for any adverse reaction to the flowers. 



NEVER EVER use flowers from the Florist Industry as Edible Flowers. 
These have ALL been sprayed with toxic pesticides and fertilizers. 
Washing will not render them safe. 


This is a list of flowers you MUST NOT EAT as they are poisonous. 
Also note that, as with ANYTHING, different people are allergic to a whole range of things. 
Introduce EDIBLE Flowers ABOVE slowly. Have a nibble to begin. 
NEVER EVER eat any of the flowers below.  

Poisonous Plants and Flowers
Common Name Botanical Name
Aconite (wolfsbane, monkhood) Aconitum spp.
Anemone (windflower) Anemone spp.
Anthurium Anthurium spp.
Atamasco lily Zephyranthes spp.
Autumn crocus Colchicum autumnale
Azalea Azalea spp. (Rhododendron spp.)
Baneberry Actaea spp.
Black locust Robinia pseudo-acacia
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis
Boxwood Buxus spp.
Burning bush (strawberry bush, spindle tree, wahoo) Euonymus spp
Buttercup Ranunculus spp.
Butterfly weed Asclepias spp.
Caladium Caladium spp.
Calla (calla lily) Calla palustris (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
Carolina jasmine (yellow jessamine) Gelsemium sempervirens
Castor bean Ricinus communis
Cherry laurel Prunus caroliniana
Chinaberry (bead tree) Melia azedarach
Christmas rose Helleborus niger
Clematis Clematis spp.
Daffodil Narcissus spp.
Deadly nightshade (belladonna) Atropoa belladona
Death cammas (black snakeroot) Zigadenus spp.
Delphinium (larkspur) Delphinium spp.
Dogbane Apocynum androsaemifolium
Dumbcane Dieffenbachia spp.
Elephant ears Colocasia antiquorum
False hellebore Veratrum viride
Four o'clock Mirabills jalapa
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Giant elephant ear Alocasia spp.
Gloriosa lily Glonosa superba
Golden chain tree (laburnum) Labunum anagryroides
Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis
Heavenly bamboo (nandina) Nandinaa domestica
Henbane (black henbane) Hyoscyamus niger
Horse chestnut (Ohio buckeye) Aesculus spp.
Horse nettle Solanum spp.
Hyacinth Hyacinthus orientalis
Hyacinth bean Dolicbos lab lab
Hydrangea Hydrangea spp.
Iris Iris spp.
Ivy (English ivy) Hedera helix
Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaemia triphyllum
Jerusalem cherry Solanum pseudocapsicum
Jessamine (jasmine) Cestrum spp.
Jetbead (jetberry) Rhodotypos tetrapetala
Jimson weed Datura spp (Brugmansia spp.)
Jonquil Narcissus spp.
Kentucky coffee tree Gymnocladus dioica
Lantana Lantana camara
Leopard's bane Arnica montana
Lily of the valley Convallaria majalis
Lobelia (cardinal flower, Indian tobacco) Lobelia spp.
Marsh marigold Caltha palustris
May apple (mandrake) Podophyllum peltatum
Mescal bean (Texas mountain laurel, frijo lillo) Sophora secundiflora
Mistletoe Phoradendron spp.
Morning glory Ipomoea violacea
Mountain laurel Kalmia latifolia
Nightshade Solanum spp.
Oleander Nerium oleander
Periwinkle (myrtle, vinca) Vinca spp.
Philodendron Philodendron spp. (Monstera spp.)
Pittosporum Pittosporum spp.
Poison hemlock Conium maculatum
Potato Solanum tuberosum
Privet Ligustrum spp.
Rhododendron Rhododendron spp.
Rock poppy (celandyne) Chelidonium majus
Schefflera Schefflera spp.
Spring adonis Adonis vernalis
Spurge Euphorbia spp.
Star of Bethlehem Ornithogalum umbellatum
Sweet pea Lathyrus spp.
Tobacco Nicotiana tabacum
Trumpet flower (chalice vine) Solandra spp.
Water hemlock Cicuta maculata
Wild cherry (black cherry) Prunus serotina
Wisteria Wisteria spp.
Yellow allamanda Allamanda cathartica
Yellow oleander (tiger apple, be still tree, lucky nut) Thevetia peruviana
Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow Brunfelsia spp.


Disclaimer: This is a list of the most common poisonous plants and flowers but it is by no means complete. If the plant is not on this list, that doesn't necessarily make it edible or non-poisonous. Be sure you know what you are putting in your mouth!



I have a new weekly email newsletter that features free resources, weekly free resources and postcards to collect,  Circle members ONLY invitations to events, special offers and discounts and Flower NEWS! I've named it "The Flora Circle" 


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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this not only Recipe but BEAUTIFUL
family tradition featured at SBS

by Beata Zatorska

Link HERE: 

Martha Stewart 
has a beautiful selection of Flower Scented Sugar Ideas
I just ADORE Rose Scented Sugar 

Scented Sugars 


Recommended Books & Resources 

Beautiful and very well done Cook Book....

"Cooking with Flowers" 
Miche Bacher


 A fantastic Book for those looking at growing their own Flowers
for Culinary use....
"The Edible Flower Garden" 
Rosalind Creasy

The Nation Gardening Association, USA

Webpage on growing Edible Flowers and Advice 

ABC Australia PhotoPOST
Six Edible Garden Flowers 

Garden Organic UK

Cultivating Organic Flowers in Your Garden FactSheet



9:30pm Sydney time each Sunday after the Podcast


IF  you would like a Free Mini Flower Reading .... Come to the Weekly Podcast! 
Post a photo of a flower that you are drawn to, any information you want to share about the Flower and the insight you are looking for. 

*one of my Sketchbook Wildflower Signatures that I share regularly on my Facebook page
and make up my research for my Oracle Decks and Books.  


IF you would like to LEARN Flower Reading yourself and even gain Certification
Cheralyn has over 30 years experience creating courses, 
teaching and assessing and has a current Certificate IV in Training & Assessment 
so your Certification is recognised and valid! 

This VERY  Indepth Online course , suitable for all levels, begins very soon...


Flower Reading Certification 
ONLINE Course 
with Cheralyn Darcey

author & artist of the "Australian Wildflower Oracle"
(September 2014 release Rockpool Publishing)

bookings now open 

Have you ever wanted to learn Flower Reading and even gain certification? 
My new ONLINE 8 week Workshop begins in April. 
Early Bird Full Fee Payment Special: $130
OR Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus two payments of $50 before class begins 

more details at this link.....




Next Week Podcast 
"Flower Mandalas"


8pm .... 23rd March 2014  

We explore the spiritual and the art therapy benefits
creating these energy healing artworks bring. 
A meditation is included along with the usual videos & resources. 
To ensure you don't miss out... go to this link and JOIN:

Happy Blessings for a Magickal Week, 
Cheralyn xx 

30Journeys ~ one waratah, thirty ways ~ DAY FIVE

Creating my morning coffee and the red and black foil packets!!!!! 

I don't usually drink this particular product but it was here.
Everything you see in Waratah is THERE! 
Bright red.... the word Splendid.... the silver highlights... the inky black depths between the fingers and YES! The kick of POWER from the brewed coffee.... 

paper..... glue.... coffee foil


You can join in TOO! 


30Journeys ~ one waratah, thirty ways ~ DAY FOUR


lol Big day but I'm committed! 

Grabbing what was HANDY... a scrap of black paper and an inktense pencil and a white gel pen.....
I felt really connected with the dark of the Waratah, the inside, I know that in all the many paintings I have created, some as large as meters across.... the dark cool dark black of her peeking out between her fingers holds much to explore. 

With the Power of the Waratah comes that which we may miss-use.....

My quick busy mind SLOWED right down as I remembered all this and more and yes I am writing as I go and I will hold all this until the end of THIS 30Journey.