If you like these Flowers ~
These beautiful billow blossoms usually appeal to those with an outgoing nature, who have a very romantic side, adore their comfort and although they can be very gregarious, do have a lovely calming influence on their surroundings when needed.
Flower Support ~
Bring these flowers into your life when you need some extra caring, assistance shining in your true light and to show gratitude. They are particularly helpful if you have been through a challenging time and are needing support to find yourself again. These are also very good flower to give to another to show your gratitude.
Botanical History ~
A native to the Southern States of the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean and northerly parts of South America. Other common names include, Prairie Gentian and Texas Bluebell. The botanical name comes from the Greek words ‘lysis’, which means dissolution and ‘anthos’, meaning flower.
Flower Oracle ~
If this flower is calling to you in some way, take heart that you are cared for, especially if you are facing challenges. For some, this could mean a romantic time approaches including a new relationship or positive change in a current one. Make sure you are taking time for yourself.
If you like these Flowers ~
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'.
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!
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.
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.
bunches of love,
card - 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey Rockpool Publishing
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In the Language of Flowers, this plant will bring you clarity, communication, understanding
Boronia is incredible effective for those seeking a better understanding of what has been and how to move ahead.
Plant some, find a lovely posy, sit under a Boronia bush!, try flower essences, perfumes or oils or perhaps sketch, paint or take photos of the blossom's beauty and energy for yourself.
This flower will help when wanting to find the true intentions of another or in uncovering your own true path in many matter. Try the flower itself in a bunch or have the image somewhere that you can see it.
As a Flower Oracle, if Blushing Bride comes to you in a card reading, you see the flower or it is given to you, it may mean that someone is more serious about a relationship with you than you may be aware. The flower also confirms any questions you have to the affirmative ~ the answer is yes!
Blushing bride is a type of protea native to South Africa and very popular in bridal floristry. Not the easiest of plant outside of their native land, but if you are brave, try to grow in the garden in a well drained soil and full sun to part shade. I'd advise a chat with your local garden centre people to see if they are a possibility in your area and any tips they may have for your environment.
bunches of blessings,
this card is from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' affirmation deck, written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing. It features watercolour sketches from my flower research journals and affirmations based on the language of flowers.
All roses offer protection and love.
Roses in yellow hues are the ones to invite into your life if you are wanting to improve friendships; welcome back energies, people and situations into your life; are looking at a new beginning and are very good to give to someone if you are wanting to ask for a second chance or would like to show that you are facing in love with them!
As A Flower Oracle, Yellow Roses will indicate that new friendships are about to be formed and that something positive from your past is about to return. They will warn of melancholy too and be careful to not over romanticise a situation.
It would take pages to share Rose botanical history with you as they have been on earth for so long. Fossil evidence dating them at least 60 million years ago. In 500BC Chinese philosopher Confucius spoke of them in the Imperial Gardens. The Ancient Romans revered them and flavoured drinks and foods; perfumed themselves with their divine scent and used them in ceremonies, rituals and traditions.
Roses need lots of sunlight, well drained soil that is rich in organic matter and a sheltered position to ensure the best possible conditions for blossoms. Mulch and feed well. Follow guidelines given for your rose type for regular pruning advice and when transplanting but all roses need to be pruned back fairly hard (branches to no more than about 10 to 5cm). This will stimulate the roots.
bunches of blessings,
card from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' a Language of Flowers Affirmation Deck of 40 cards written and illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing
It is a concept we know but one we often do not adhere to. We often really do have the answers already and know the truth of situations fully. There are many different kinds of violets but all have similar themes in their meanings of faithfulness, thoughts and truth.
Violet will help you stay true to something you believe in. They will assist you in finding something deep within you that you wish to explore, especially when connected to life goals, purpose and passions.
As a Flower Oracle, Violets will be indicating that you need stay on track with your values and to perhaps stop looking outside for answers.
Cupid loved violets (which were originally all white) and the Goddess Venus, in a fit of anger turned them blue after he told her they were even more beautiful than her, so they wouldn’t be so lovely. Zeus had a mistress named Io and so he could hide her from his wife, he turned her into a cow and created violets for her to eat as they are so lovely.
An old Greek belief is that it is an indication that the deceased had settled into paradise if violet, marjoram or rose grow particularly well on their grave.
During the First World War, 2nd July was proclaimed as ‘Violet Day’ in Australia and small posies and badges were sold to raise funds to assist the families of the fallen and those who returned. This tradition continued until 1928.
They were favourite of the Empress Josephine and Napoleon had them planted on her grave. Violets were adopted as the symbol of the Imperial Napoleonic Party and when Napoleon was sent into exile he famously said he was return with the violets of spring. He was toasted by his supporters in secret as ‘Caporal Violette’ On his death, a locket was found containing a lock of Josephine's hair and pressed violets.
Most types originate from the Northern Hemisphere but there are species found in Australia, the Pacific and even South America. Violets prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt a bit in mid-summer heat. They are fairly tolerant to a variety of soils but do enjoy a good feed so use a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Remove spent blooms to extend the blooming period.
bunches of love,
card from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' affirmation deck, written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing
A wonderful flower to have around you if you are feeling any self-doubt or are a tad overwhelmed. They assist us to connect deeply with our paths and passions and to find clarity and personal truths.
As a Flower Oracle, Dahlia are reminding you that you do have the inner-strength and fortitude to accomplish current tasks and challenges. They will be be asking you to have faith in a situation, others or yourself. Be very careful of any instabilities that you may of overlooked.
Originating in Mexico, they are also the National Flower of this country. Used as a food and a medicine by the Aztecs although exact usage is a little vague. Dahlias are an incredibly popular garden plant across the world as there are now well over 60,000 cultivars registered. In the wild you may not recognise them as they only have 8 petals.
In the garden, Dahlias like morning sun and afternoon shade. You can grow these flowers from cuttings or tubers and they are best planted in early November in Australia, mid spring in the rest of the world generally speaking but check with your local gardening resources.
When flowering, you need to make sure you dead-head (take off the dead blooms), regularly to ensure continued blooming. You need to dig up Dahlia tubers regularly and dived and replant tubers or they will become clumped together and start rotting.
bunches of love,
card is from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' a Language of Flowers affirmation deck of 40 flowers, written and illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing
Gladioli are a helpful flower to have around if you are feeling things are proving a bit difficult for you. They boost creative growth, help with boundary setting and give you a lift.
As a Flower Oracle, they will indicate that you must not give up on something but they will warn you to look after yourself and what is yours.
Their scientific name comes to us via an alternate common name. They are known throughout many European regions as 'Sword Lily'. In Ancient Rome a soldiers' sword was known as a 'gladius' and a short sword as a 'gladiolus'. Naturally this is the origin also of the term 'Gladiator' for those who battled with swords in the great arenas of the time.
The image I've shared today is actually of one my Gladdys flowering at home right now. They are a Summer-blooming plant that needs to be planted out in Spring as soon as the last of the frost (if occurring in your area) have occurred.
Try to plant in a sheltered position but all the same, they may need to be staked as they grow. They will prefer a very sunny spot, to be well watered but not overly so. I leave mine in after flowering as I'm in Sydney, Australia, but you may need to dig yours up after flowering and store for next Spring if you are in a particular cold place. Remember to leave the foliage until it has all died down before cutting back as the leaves are busty storing nutrients for next years flowering.
bunches of love,
card from 'Flower Petals. blossoming guidance from the garden',
written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey, Botanical Explorer, Author & Artist, published by Rockpool Publishing
This deck features 40 different Flowers Affirmations based on the Language of Flowers.