So while my lovely Leeks are still out there in the garden waiting to pop up, I’m indoors in this cold rainy day studying them and adding to my Garden Journal. They will bring you strength, good health, protection and even love! Biting into one will even help break spells cast against you.
Start seeds indoors about two months before the last frost. They prefer a sunny to semi shade spot and a rich nitrogen slightly acidic soil (6.0 to about 7.0) ready to harvest in just over three months, cut and leave a few cms for regrowth instead of pulling up.
Journal entry: Lamy inks and pens, Prismacolor premier pencils over old watercolours and various mediums (I just fill up my journals with left overs from my pallets as I create so I avoid waste)
A huge thank you to my publishers Rockpool Publishing for their amazing support of my work! Signing four contracts for titles coming your way over the next year! That will mean I have had published 19 Botanical titles in 6 years once these are on the shelves. That’s a lot of Flower and plant love!
So how did that happen? Well I started writing and creating botanical focused work when I was in my early 20s, so that is over 30 years of research, development of style, voice and vision and I never ever gave up, even though I was rejected more times than I can even remember. I was always told that no one was interested in ethnobotany, plant metaphysics or plant lore. It was there is older texts if someone wanted to look for it and it just wasn't of public interest. BUT I NEVER EVER GAVE UP. I wasn't writing to get published, to be famous, to be an expert, I was simply wanting to my work to be published so that others could benefit from it. There a huge difference between wanting to be a published author and wanting to share your work.
So...I kept writing, I kept gardening, I kept exploring and I kept teaching what I was learning in various ways and I kept creating art devoted to my passion for plants. Then one day it did happen, I was published and I had (and still have!) dozens and dozens and dozens of manuscripts, journals and artworks ready to share with the wider world.
I kept my focus, I kept my passion and I never gave up. You should too!
In goes Cumin in my Magickal Botanical Garden this morning (Cuminum cyminum) found at the Toukley Markets yesterday! I adore this in my bread and it’s probably because in German folklore it is said to protect it from being stolen, particularly by forests spirits and beings. Cumin will also generally help protect anything from theft and it helpful when carried during study so that you retain knowledge. It can be used in fidelity, protection and love magick.
In the garden it will need a dry area that receives lots of sun and it likes a very fertile soil. you can harvest the seeds after the blooming of flowers. It wait until they are a nice brown colour. Dry and store in a cool, dry place.
In The Magickal Botanical Garden this morning - in go Cos Lettuce (for love, friendship and calm); all the Parsleys are doing great! (for protection, love and passion) Elderflowers soon! ( protection, healing, prosperity) oh and that’s my little outdoor office sometimes. Still looking for some lovely old outdoor chairs.
Found - The Flower of the Day
Jasmine (Jasminum spp.) will assist you in succeeding. Perhaps one of the best flowers in fact to align with if you are finding sticking with goals, promises, commitments or staying on course at all challenging. Very supportive of those who feel they have lost hope with something. Jasmine naturally attracts financial gain as well so is really good to have around if you need a boost. The flower is a powerful aphrodisiac and assists to attract love.