In the Language of Flowers Waratah mean courage, survival and strength.
A beautiful pillow box to use as gift packaging or for storing something precious, perhaps dried flowers in your drawer?
(click on image below to be taken to a full sized high resolution sheet to download)
Cut along the solid outline and then fold on the dotted lines. Tape the long edges together and fold in the ends.
image from 'Australian Wildflower Reading Cards' Oracle Deck, written and illustrated in lino print by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing.
This sheet is copyright protected. You may share this post and the sheet without editing online and in person. Completed Pillow Boxes are for personal non-commercial use only.
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bunches of love,
Select a flower you feel particularly drawn to find guidance and insight into your week ahead by clicking on the link next to that Flower.
You may wish to select a different Flower each morning or just one for the week.
How does Florasphere FlowerScope Work?
I carefully select the Flowers each Sunday evening which I feel connect with the energies of the coming week using the Language of Flowers.
This is based on Traditional Flower Reading and the energies of Nature.
Your selection will indicate which of these energies particularly relate to you and give you support and assistance in navigating the week ahead.
How Can I Connect with My Flower?
There are many ways to connect with your Flowerscope Flower simply thinking about the flower, meditating on it, drawing it, downloading an image to keep beside you, growing it and creating flower essences and botanical products to use as well. Hold your flower close all week to tap into the Natural Energies and gets of support and insight.
bunches of love,
Cheralyn ❀ xx
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.
Today in the garden ~
artwork I'm creating for my fourth flower oracle deck ~
A few Flowers in my garden this week ~
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"
A tiny Snapdragon visitor ~
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"
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"
Some interesting Pigface Flower Facts:
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"
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:
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.
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!
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.
may Nature always bless you but more importantly,
may you always be a blessing to Nature
bunches of love,
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 ~
❁ Will Assist You In ~
Time of negotiation. It will clear the air and settle emotions so that progress can be made. Supports those involved with any sort of problem solving. Let's new thinking and education be assimilated more easily.
❁ The Language of Flowers Oracle ~
Stop fighting whatever it is that you are at the moment. Billy Buttons often shows up to say "STOP! This can not go on. Make peace and progress" The flower also can indicate that you are in denial about something or perhaps you may be making a very 'big deal' out of a challenge and exaggerating it's worth or difficulty. You actually do know you can do it and how that will look! This flower also indicates the end of a difficult situation is near.
❁ Gardening Notes ~
Billy Buttons, a perennial, are also known as Drumsticks in some parts of Australian, a native to this country, they are drumstick shaped flower heads which grow to a height of about 40cm which love locations which are rather swamp~like so prefer a moist yet well drained soil structure in a sunny location.
bunches of blessings,
❁ Cheralyn xx
card from Australian Wildflower Reading Cards
artwork ~ 'Billy Buttons', block print and gouache on paper, 2012, Cheralyn Darcey
Card from Australian Wildflower Reading Cards Oracle '
Sturt's Desert Pea' linocut, gouache on paper Cheralyn Darcey
Will assist you in ~
Overcoming situations in which you feel momentarily powerless by enabling you to accept and move on. Support for those who are taking things too personally. Sturt's Desert Pea gives great perspective in all things and offers emotional healing.
The Language of Flowers Oracle ~
You need to let something go. You may not be able to sustain long term improvement or change so it may be better to count your loses and move on. Be very careful of giving too much of yourself at the moment as you could open yourself up to emotional hurt. You do not know all the facts to a situation.
To give to another ~
"I am sorry for your loss"
"Wishing you well again" (emotional or mental healing)
"I support you"
Gardening Notes ~
You are in for a challenge. I have heard you ""treat them mean to keep them keen" is in order but I like to love my plants so I rather look at this as providing the thought environment which they are used to!
Do not fertile or water too much. Soil should be sandy, open and, well, like the desert! I've grown them once in a pot successfully on a hot window sill. They like it hot and they like it dry. On my list for this Spring in our new home!
Plant in Spring from seeds.
bunches of love
Cheralyn ❁ xx
FLOWER OF THE DAY
Feeling flat? Need a bit of energy boosting and assistance to renew the drive you once had for something? Orange Banksia might help.
This plant of strength, verve and uplifting wisdom, flowers late winter through to spring.
They speak of the need to keep going even though things seem impossible or too heavy to carry forward. The bright orange flame of energy when the cold air is pulling us back in retreat, warms us and spurs us with remembrance of the passion we had before and can again. Cycles, dips and peeks, Orange Banksia watches over us and leads us forward.
The message is for you to keep going. It affirms that things are indeed difficult right now but that they are really impossible. The warning is to not be distracted by your own negative thoughts and especially the cynical thinking or comments of others.
A very lovely tree native to Western Australia, it grows more to the size of a shrub elsewhere. The flowers of this particular Banksia are very large (up to 15cm long and 8cm in diameter). Sandy soil is its preference and go lightly with the water as it doesn't do well in humidity or overly wet areas.
Have a day of enthusiasm my friends!
Bunches of love,
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.
The Language of Flowers and Plants and Magick
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?
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.
Beans! More beans are sprouting this week and making their way up the fence.
I put in a new eggplant.
Harvesting: beetroot, celery, silverbeet, spinach, french beans, lettuce and a late tomato struck from some dug in compost. Very sweet tiny toms!
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.
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.
Mind Body Spirit Festival, Sydney
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Florasphere Flower Colouring Sheet
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
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 ~
Less Brilliant Flowers still keep Bees coming back
Bumblebees prefer petals that have a bit less shimmer
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.
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,
Lots of you have asked, yes it is ok to share these Postcards!
So today I've drawn Gymea Lily from my Australian Wildflower Reading Cards. What a proud, interesting flower. The largest Lily in the world, this majestic flower sits upon a 6 metre spike. A crowning glory of brilliant crimson flowers usually about 10cm wide.
The plants has contractile roots, which means it can pull the plant into the ground during intense heat so that it may survive. Good lesson in there.
Mental strength and being carefully aware of your surroundings will assist you today. Don't let the external stop or hinder you but make sure you are also aware of what is going on it's effect on you and others.
May Nature always bless you and may you always be a blessing to Nature!
Bunches of love,
PS, lots of questions too about my artwork. All the artwork for my decks and books is created by me. My current two card decks feature hand painted linoprints and the sketches you sometimes also see me share in these Flower of the Day postcards are from a book I am working on or my Nature Journal.
Flower of the Day ~
Orchids keep coming up for me in my work this week
and they generally signal uniqueness.
This little Australian Native Flower speaks of resolution and of even overcoming problems which seem impossible. as it is an orchid, look at ways that you perhaps may find a little out of the ordinary or listen when a suggestion is offered, even if it seems a little unusual. There may still be merit in it. Tree Spider Orchid also reminds you to hold back a little and to be careful of sharing too much.
May you always be a blessing to Nature,