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🌸 Flower of the Day ~ CORNFLOWER (Centaurea cyanus)

Cornflower webcards

The lovely Cornflower can mean 'delicacy' and for this reason it also can help when keeping secrets or when you need to employ a little more diplomacy.
If you are moving into a new home, beginning a new job or working and socialising in new groups, Cornflower brings blessings of good energy and offers protection.

bunches of love,
🌷 Cheralyn xx

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🌺 Flower of the Day ~ Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii)

Kangaro paw webcards
Kangaroo Paw is a type of grass and I love growing these in busy family areas of my garden as they promote friendship and harmonious social activity. They are pretty hardy but hate hate wet feet, so well drained soil is a must. Cut them right back after flowering to ensure good growth next season. Kangaroo Paw can be grown in pots and I have tried this myself with great success in various homes, in all sorts of climates.

In the Language of Flowers, nothing says "I'm sorry, please forgive me" like a Kangaroo Paw! As a healer, they provide wonderful support for those who find social activities and interactions difficult and they are really gentle and lovely heart healers for those experiencing hurt they have felt from the actions of others.

bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻

car: 'The Australian Wildflower Reading Cards' written & illustrated in block print by Cheralyn and published by Rockpool Publishing


Valentines Day and The Flowers of Love on Studio10

 


On Valentine's Day I was again a guest of the Australian national morning show ~ Studio10 on Network 10. 
As always, it's a fun, fast and uplifting time and I really do love sharing a tiny bit of what I love with others. I hope those who watched got the gist of my bouquet and to look a little beyond roses when seeking flowers to express love. 
If you missed it or it is not available to watch in your country,
I've popped the clip up on my Youtube Channel and here it is ~ 

How did Valentine's Day begin? 
Valentine's Day originated during the 3rd century in Rome. 
Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for his soldiers as he felt single men made better warriors. A young priest named Valentine did not agree and defied Claudius by performing marriages for young lovers in secret. This could be the origin of secret love letters, cards and gifts on Valentine's Day. Valentine also fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, who visited him in prison. Before he was put to death, Valentine sent a letter to the girl and signed it, “From Your Valentine” — an expression we still use today. 
Valentine was executed on February 14, 270 AD. Later, around 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 a day to honour Valentine, who by that time had become a saint.


Why do we give Flowers on Valentine's Day? 
In the Northern Hemisphere, for thousands of years, this time of the year has been a period for fertility festival celebrations as Spring approaches such as 'Imboc' in the first week of February and 'Ostara' in March. Flowers are used during these festivals to symbolise beginnings, fertility, love, marriage, and romance.


The Flowers of Love 

These are just a tiny few flowers and she of their romantic meanings ~ 

“I love you”

Red Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) 

Red Rose (Rosa spp.) 

Australian Native Passionflower (Passiflora herbertiana) 

 

“I love you too!”

Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena) 

 

“I am your secret lover” 

Or “I want to be your secret lover”

Gardenia (Gardenia spp.)

 

“I will love you forever”

Orange Blossom (Citrus x sinensis) 

Magnolia (Magnolia spp.)

 

“Love at first sight”

Mauve Rose (Rosa spp.)

 

“Let’s stay together”

Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum)

 

“You are beautiful”

Frangipani (Plumeria alba) 

 

“I’m sorry”

Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi)

 

“I have new feelings for you”

Delphinium (Delphinium spp.)

 

“No one could love you more”

Cosmos (Cosmos spp.) 

 

“Will you marry me?”

Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) 

Grevillea (Grevillea spp.)

Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis)


🌸 33 Flowers for Protection

A tiny blossom tucked into a locket, 
Cheralyn sunflower kisses

a sweet petal deep in your pocket or the image of a flower on a pendant or perhaps the aromatic oil of these plants dabbed lightly upon your skin will all help you to connect with the energies of flowers, of plants and bring their gifts of guidance, healing and inspiration to you.
Flowers you are drawn to will help you and those that are your birth-flowers, your personal flower of the current year and ones that are growing in your gardens or in your local environment will naturally offer support, but which flowers are best for what you are seeking to do? You can bring greater change to your current situation and disrupt the atmosphere to something more to your favour by focusing on flowers that inheritably have the qualities you are seeking.


For years now, each day, I have shared a ‘Flower of the Day’ on my Social Media places. I love to show people how they can give flowers with greater meanings and benefits for the receiver, how they can garden with this plant, a little about its history (because it illuminates the personality of the flower!) and I also share magickal correspondences and uses along with oracle meanings.
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My meanings come from the flowers and plants themselves. They are the result of a multi-faceted approach I take to discovering the true Language of Flowers and plants through research, training and experience. I consider the ethnobotanical uses, herbal medicine practices, cultural significant and the botanical history of each before sitting down to write the meanings and share these correspondences with others.

These are some of the Flowers of Protection. Ones that you can connect with to bring greater safety to various aspects of your life. This is by no means a conclusive list as there are millions of flowering plants in the world, but it is one that I hope will help those who may need it.

In all cases, a Flower Essence would be the safest way to connect with each of these flowers physically and for protection, I would suggest a mist. You can also create bouquets were suitable, grow the plant in your garden if appropriate and also create or find artwork to display of the flower. Food-safe flower can be used to create teas, beverages and even treats. Check the toxicity and allergy information of each to ensure safety in handling and use of each.

🌸 FLOWERS FOR PROTECTION 🌿
the following a just a few that come to mind that I hope will give you the protection you seek. 
I am more than happy to suggest additional flowers for specific protection purposes, just ask in the comments below. 

Protection from attack

Bitter Root (Lewisia rediviva)
Bitter root

Boundary protection
Yellow Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
Yellow crs

Cecil Brunner Rose (Rosa Mlle. Cecile Brunner)
Cecil Brunner Rose


Protection from curses, hexes and witchcraft
Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus)
Mull


Protection from danger
Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp.)
Rod


Protection from deception

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)
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Disease protection
Wood Anemone (Anemone nemerosa)
Wood

Protection from distractions
Thistle, Common (Cirsium vulgare)

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Protection from bad dreams
Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)
Col

Protection from becoming ungrounded
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Sweet pea 2


Protection from evil/evil spirits
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Med


Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum)
Tiger lily

Protection from unknown forces
Angelica(Angelica archangelica)
Angel

Protection from fear

Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea buxifolia)
Grey spider flower

Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)
Ag

Fertility protection
Orange Blossom(Citrus sinensis)
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Protection from fights

Musk Rose (Rosa moschata)
Musk rose

Financial protection
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
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Protection of a new love
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Lilac

Protection from Roadblocks
Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
Primula

Protection of Freedom

Frangipani(Plumeria alba)
Frangi 5

Protection of  Friendships
Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria spp.)
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Protection while playing sports
Hyacinth (Hyacinthus spp.)
Hya 1

Protection while healing
Sunflower (Helianthus  annuus)
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Protection of health
Peony(Paeonia officinalis)
Paeony 1


Protection from gossip

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Snap 1

Protection of love
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Hawthorn


Protection from developing bad habits
Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea)
Morning 1

Protection of happiness
Lily of the Valley(Convallaria majalis)
Lily of the va

Protection of home
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
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Protection from negativity
Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Daisy

Psychic protection
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
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Spiritual
 protection

African Violet (Saintpaulia spp.)
Af vio

bunches of blessings, 
Cheralyn Darcey 🌻
Cheralyn author


 


🌺 Flower of the Day ~ Fairy Fan Flower (Scaevola aemula)

This Australian Native flower will help bring support to those with issues surrounding responsibility.
Give to someone who needs a bit of  support to help strengthen resolve to cope with new challenges. They also say, 'you can do this', 'things will improve', 'I'm here to help'. 

Today I visited Poppy's Home and Garden at Gateshead, NSW with my lovely friend and neighbour, Wendy. I haven't explored everything around my new home and so it is fantastic to have some insider knowledge from a local! I recommend it highly. No ones knows what will grow best in your area and where to find supplies and new flower and plant fiends (additions!) like your gardening neighbours. 
I was thrilled to find a new and beautiful Fairy Fan Flower. This Australian native is becoming popular in gardens and why not? I think it would suit a cottage-style setting beautifully as well as my little 'Fairy Patch'.  Here is my new Flower friend in her new home. 

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Botanical History

Native to coastal pockets on New South Wales and inland and coastal Victoria and South Australia. The tiny flowers have 5 lobes that spread out on only one side of the flower as its name ‘Scaevola’ (meaning left-handed) suggests. ‘Aemula’ means emulating.

The Language of Flowers Oracle 
Improvements in relationships are indicated. Fairy Fan Flowers asks you to take responsibility for your actions. A time for re-evaluation of goals as new responsibilities may be on the horizon for you. Be wary of unhealthy competition.

My new lovely, all happy in my Magickal Garden this morning

Magickal Botanical
Useful in spells and magickal work to move energies into balance in relationships and partnerships that feature one person doing more than their fair. Will assist self-confidence, legal matters, goal setting and changing and stress management.

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from 'The Australian Wildflower Reading Cards',
written & illustrated in block print by Cheralyn Darcey, published by Rockpool Publishing 


Gardening Notes
I absolutely adore this plant. I have it in my garden and have grown it very successfully in pots over the years as well. It flowers mostly in late winter, spring and autumn. The flowers are pale blue to mauve, often displaying a yellow throat. Very hardy, they can be grown in pots as well but love an occasional feed through summer with a native specific fertilizer, very well-draining soil and does best in a sunny spot but will tolerate semi-shade.

bunches of love,
Cheralyn
🌻


Flower of the Day ~ 🌸 Statice (Limonium spp.)


When things are feeling a little out of your control, a bunch of Statice will calm, help ground and centre energies and also help you find a way to cope and adapt. I often tuck a little flower into my locket for just that purpose!

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To Give Flowers
In the Language of Flowers, Statice say: ‘I miss you’, ‘I will remember you’, ‘be still’, ‘calm down’, ‘time for change’. Statice were a traditional funeral flower and can still be used to express sympathy. They do not indicate grief but rather remembrance and help impart comfort, hope and calm.

Botanical History
Statice is native to Russia, Bulgaria, Algeria, Turkenstan and theMediterraniean, depending on species. The names come to us from the Greek word for meadow ‘leimon’ – Limonium and ‘Statice’ meaning to stand’. This plant is often found in large meadows and the habit is for it to stay firm and upright.

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Floristry Tips
Vase life is up to two weeks and can be dried very successfully. Colours include pinks, blues, purples, yellows, orange, red, white. Look for bunches that have well over half of their florets opened and watch out for slimy, foul stems. A touch of bleach helps stop bacteria, for which they are prone. Replace water every three days. To dry, hang upside down in a cool, dry, well ventilated space.

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Gardening Notes
Both annuals and perennials are available. They love full sun and very well-draining soil. Plant in autumn for a gorgeous summer display. Statice are frost tolerant and fairly hardy in most conditions.

The Language of Flowers Oracle
Time to change but you will need to adapt as things will not possibly be to your liking or current wishes. Something from your past is about to return.

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Magickal Botanical
Use in spells and magick work to ground, centre and calm energies. Supports change and will illuminate possibilities and opportunities for new paths forward. Select colours to match intentions.

Bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌼



Flower of the Day ~ 🌼 Cosmos (Cosmos spp.)

Cosmos will support better communication, inspire peace and tranquillity
and are a lovely way to express your commitment to loving someone.
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MAGICKAL BOTANICAL
from ‘The Book of Flower Spells’
Cosmos Communication Improvement Spell
Cosmos Flowers provide opportunities for communication and coherency. They also offer peace and tranquillity, which is obviously beneficial when communication is difficult due to raised emotions. This spell is very helpful at times when you feel you are not being clearly heard by another person/s or even an institution or company. While you cannot energetically change their opinion, you can raise energy to ensure you are better understood so that a fair outcome is more likely.

Best Timings
Full Moon, Wednesday, Dusk
Find and Gather
a small bunch of Cosmos (Cosmos spp.)
two bells
a blue cloth
pen and paper
a clear vase
a beautiful bottle
rain/distilled water
glycerine

The Spell
Lay your cloth out neatly and create a bridge-like pattern with your flowers. This should look roughly like an arch. At either end of the arch, place a bell.
Take out your pen and paper and write whatever it is that you need understood. Be as clear as possible. It is okay to rewrite this a few times until you are happy with it.
Ring the first bell and then say:
Bell, take my words,
Loud, clear and true.
Then read what you have written.
Ring the second bell and say:
So may they be heard
Loud, clear and true.
Place the flowers in a clear vase (this will ensure clarity of your words) with fresh water and place it on top of your message. When the flowers are spent, put them with your folded message into a beautiful bottle with 4/5 rain/distilled water and 1/5 glycerine. Seal the bottle. Whenever you wish your message to be heard, ring a bell and shake your bottle.


BOTANICAL HISTORY
Native to South America, it has been a popular garden flower over the years and a horse feed. The name cosmos was bestowed upon it by Spanish mission priests in Mexico due to the evenly placed petals and come to us from the Greek ‘Kosmos’ which means ‘order of the world.’

GARDENING NOTES
A self-seeding annual, they do tend to become a weed and I have a few blow-ins myself in my garden. If you do/can plant, then sow direct in place and chose a sunny spot with free-draining soil for the best flowering. Cosmos are very hardy and require almost no additional care and tolerate most frost-free conditions. They will blossom between summer and autumn.
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FLORISTRY TIPS
A really lovely country-style flower that can be used in casual bouquets and rearrangements. Vase life is up to 10 days and are best purchased when the petals are just beginning to open. They will continue to unfurl completely. Be very mindful to remove foliage below waterline to avoid speeding the life of the arrangement.

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS ORACLE
Now is the time to say things that you need/want to say to another. Harmony and balance are being offered now but you need to be a part of the equation, it isn’t going to happen on its own. Speak up and step up!
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bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn 🌻 xx


Flower of the Day ~ 🌺 Heliconia (Heliconia spp.)

aka Crab Claw, Lobster Claw, Parrot Flower ~
Very good at helping you find ways to make changes in your life and in illuminating new ideas.

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS ORACLE
Inspirations are coming, (thick and fast!) and you may need to decide which you will follow. The answer to a question or situation is close at hand and whatever it may be, will perhaps not be able to be changed.

BOTANICAL HISTORY
A tropical plant, related to the banana and ginger and are native to South and Central America. There are well over 500 varieties and what most of us assume are the flowers of these plants are actually brightly coloured bracts (modified leaves). The flowers are often very tiny and held within these bracts. The name Heliconia comes to use from the word ‘helix’ which means spiral and relates to the shapes the bracts and flowers produce.

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GARDENING NOTES
These are a tropical plant and so do well in full sun for best flowering, but will tolerate semi shade. Mulch, feed and water well and provide a moist well-draining soil. They grow from a rhizome with most flowering from summer to autumn and into winter. Summer is the best time to plant and you will need to be in an area that is frost free and rather warm.

FLORISTRY TIPS
Vase life is about 10 days and colours include red, orange, yellows, pink, maroon, green. Recut stems before placing in water and display away from full sun and draughts and avoid cold. They do like an occasional misting. They will not open further once cut from the plant.

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MAGICKAL BOTANICAL
Heliconia will work very well in spells that are seeking solutions and inspiration. They are particularly good in spells involving tracing the image of the flower (bracts) and repeating a chant with each spiralling section. If you are looking to change something, include the plant or its image in your magick work.

bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn 🌻 xx


Flower of the Day ~ 🌸 Nerine (Nerine spp.)

This delightful flower enables us the freedom to be ourselves. It is very good to have around for those who find it hard to connect with and understand the strengths found in being vulnerable.

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS ORACLE
If you feel drawn towards Nerine then you are being told you are enough, you are ok and what you do is of value. Trust that you are! Challenges are usually emotional in nature and you should be careful of emotional extremes.

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BOTANICAL HISTORY
Native to South Africa and Europe, common names include Guernsey Lily and Jersey Lily and although they do also grow from a bulb, they are technically not lilies. The flower was named after the Nereids, the sea nymphs in Greek mythology who were known to assist sailors in storms. Nerine were previously known as Imhofia until a shipload of the bulbs that sailed for the Netherlands shipwrecked near Guernsey and the name was changed in 1820.

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GARDENING NOTES
They bloom - late autumn (fall), winter and early spring and colours include white, pink, crimson, red, red/orange. Preferring a very free draining sandy soil, plant in full sun unless you are in a very hot climate then choose semi shade through the day. Bulbs will need to be lifted where the ground hardens. You can divide once established for a few years if desired.

Nerine

FLORISTRY NOTES
Purchase when one spike is open. Vase life - up to 14 days. Never mist but change water every second day and remove dead flowers immediately to prevent ethylene contamination.

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bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻


🌸 Flower of the Day ~ Baby's Breath (Gypsophila spp.)


This flower reminds us to be present in the moment and it also symbolises everlasting love, purity, innocence and lets us breath. No wonder it has been a favourite wedding flower in the past and is making a comeback.
Personally, I find nothing makes me feel more free, open to possibilities and aware that a big bunch of delightful Gypsophila in my room or on my desk. There is something so etherial and yet present about these blossoms.

Baby's Breath People
Those who love this flower value honest, purity of thought and action and simplicity. They can usually be trusted above and beyond all others and although they are very dedicated to what they take on, will let it go quickly should they see futility. Open too new possibilities and rather adaptable, they can always be relied on to 'tell it like it is'.

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Gardening Notes
This year I have ventured to growing Gypsophila in my garden. I planted groups in sunny corners and spots throughout my garden for I suppose the same feeling you would get in a bouquet. An airy and light filling of space. I put my seeds straight into position and I opted for white though you can find cream and a light pink. I should see them coming up soon (they take about two weeks) and flowering is said to be in about 10 weeks time. I plan to keep planting so I have a lovely continuous supply. I'll keep you updated!
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Floristry Tips
They are used in floristry as what is known as a transitional flower, a design element that fills in and supports other flower features. In arrangements they give a soft feeling and can be dried after use or used dried. When bring home you will find they last about 7 to 10 days and you will need to watch that water as they hate going thirsty (you will end up with dried flowers faster than you might like!). They also hate strong sunlight and heat and these will turn them brown and sad.

Magickal Botanical
In magickal work, use them in love spells that strengthen and ensure longevity of relationships and in spells that help people focus on being present and the now. Gypsophila can be used purification and cleansing rituals and spells and in truth seeking spells.

The Language of Flowers Oracle
Watch what you are doing right now as you need to remain focused. They could be something very worthwhile in what is going on around you at present. Stay true.
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bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻

card - 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey Rockpool Publishing
and is available from all good book and gift stores.