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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)

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌼 Flower of the Day ~ POET’S NARCISSUS (Narcissus poeticus)

Poet's Narc

If the truth is alluding you, then this Flower May help you! Poet’s Narcissus will also boost confidence, renew hope and provide clarity as well as open up new paths to greater success. A really good botanical friend for those working on creative projects and those looking for love or to take a relationship to the next level. 
Bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻

Card: Flower Reading Cards, The flowers of sacred places,
written and illustrated in block print by Cheralyn
and published by @rockpoolpublishing and a viable via @weiserbooks

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌸 Flower of the Day ~ Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Zinnia webcards

If you wish to let someone know you are missing them or that you want them back, then gorgeous Zinnia will do just that!

Bring this flower into your life if you wish to regain something you have lost or you are struggling to find what is missing to make your life whole.
The message of Zinnia, if you find you find drawn to it, is to focus on what you have perhaps overlooked in the past.
Bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻🦋 xx

card" 'The Language of Flowers' affirmation deck, Cheralyn Darcey 
and published by Rockpool Publishing

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌸 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)
RedClover copy

Disease protection
Wood Anemone (Anemone nemerosa)
Wood

Protection from distractions
Thistle, Common (Cirsium vulgare)

Thist 2

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)
Orange blossom 1

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.)
Peru 1



Protection while playing sports
Hyacinth (Hyacinthus spp.)
Hya 1

Protection while healing
Sunflower (Helianthus  annuus)
Sunflower 55

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)
Corn 56


Protection from negativity
Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Daisy

Psychic protection
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
Gardenia 1

Spiritual
 protection

African Violet (Saintpaulia spp.)
Af vio

bunches of blessings, 
Cheralyn Darcey 🌻
Cheralyn author


 

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!

Statice webcards 1

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.

Statice 3

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.

Statice 4

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 🌼


bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

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.

Heliconia 1

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.

Heliconia 2

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.

Heliconia 3

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

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'.

Babys breath 1

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!
Babys breath 2

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.
Babys breath 4

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. 

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌼 Flower of the Day HYDRANGEA (Hydrangea macrophylla)


Having hydrangeas around will promote understanding,
help end quarrels and give you a boost to keep going. (good for this time of year!)

Flower Folk
If you love Hydrangeas, they indicate success in fields that involve getting people together such as counselling, event planning, teaching and healing study. Usually these people have the ability to see both sides of situations very easily. They can be overtaken with emotion sometimes and are very empathic sometimes to a fault.

Hydrangea 3

The Language of Flowers Oracle
An opportunity to take what you do to the next level, to involve more people and to expand your current state is around at the moment. Keep going with what you are doing. You must be careful that your words and actions are not unnecessarily hurting another.

Botanical History
Hydrangea are originally from Japan, with a few species being found in China and Northern America. You might notice that the Botanical name contains the word ‘Hydra’ and you would be right in thinking this refers to water. The Greek words ‘hydro’ for water and ‘angeon’ for vessel indicate the greater needs of this plant for water.

Hydrangea 2

Floristry Tips
To give to another means ~ ‘I understand’, ‘I want us to be together’, ‘Keep going, you can do this’. These flowers have a vase life of about two weeks. The entire flowerhead can be used in larger displays or can be separated and used in arrangements, posies and wreaths. They don’t do well long out of water on hot days. Dry by hanging upside down.

Gardening Notes
I have had my share of Hydrangea dramas! If they find themselves in the perfect place, they flourish. Water is the issue and challenge, especially for my Australian gardening friends. They love a very rich, well-draining soil that is always moist and semi-shade. Colour is determined by soil PH levels ~ acidic will give you blue flowers and alkaline pink.

Hydrangea 1

Magickal Botanical and Lore
Hydrangea are the traditional Western 4th Anniversary flower and a birthflower for those born under the Zodiac sign of Libra. They can be used in spells for breaking hexes, ending rifts between people and helping develop a better understanding going forward. I find them very good used in magick to help with staying on a path or with an idea when there is a lot of objection, challenges or misunderstanding surrounding with what it is you are doing. Carry a petal with you to protect against hexes, curses and negative energy, They are poisonous so do not burn, use topically or consume. It is believed unlucky to bring potted Hydrangea into the house but you can use the petals as a boundary protector.

bunches of love, 
Cheralyn 🌻

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌸 FLOWER OF THE DAY Calla Lilly (Zantedeschia aethiopica)


This stunning flower will assist you with rejuvenation, restoring any lost dignity, boosting self-worth and can help convey forgiveness. Calla lily is the 6th Wedding Anniversary flower (can be used for any 6th anniversary celebration) and it is the National Flower of Ethiopia.

Bird of paradise webcards

Botanical History
Native to South Africa where they are commonly known as 'Pig Lily' as they were seen to be eaten by the local porcupines which are known sometimes in the times of settlement as a type of pig. Other common names include Arum Lily and Trumpet Lily. 'Calla' comes to us from the Greek, meaning 'beautiful'. The Calla Lily is achlamydeous which means it does not have petals and septals. What you would perceive as a petal is a 'bract' which is a type of leaf.

Gardening Notes
Interestingly, these are not true lilies. They do well in damp areas of the garden and prefer filtered light with a period of a few hours of full sun each day but they do not like harsh hot conditions at all. Flowering occurs in late winter. Grow from division of bulbs in spring.
Cheralyn bird

Floristry Tips
Purchase when the flowers are half open and ensure that stems are firm. Recut the stems on angle and place in fresh water. If using in hand held bouquets or other wearable designs, you will need to remove the sap and you can do this by gently squeezing the stem along its length and then the stem sealed with a floral glue. They work well in base medium designs and the stems can be manipulated if left out of water for a while.
Bird of paradise sketch

Magickal Botanical
They are considered in many cultures to represent death and are known in many countries as 'Death Lilies'. They have been the used as a decoration on graves for centuries. Conversely, Calla Lily are also popular as a wedding flower and it is thought that the sexual appearance of the flower began this tradition with the Ancient Romans.
In Spell work they can be used to assist with rebirth and resurrection and also help release of unwanted attachments or in the acceptance of getting go of something.

bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌼 🌺 Pink Snapdragon ~ The Language of Flowers, Flower of the Day 🌹🌻


Pink Snapdragon
(Antirrhinum majus)
Some of the meanings of these delightful cottage flowers are truth~telling, grace, secrets and given to another ~ "I long for you". All Snapdragons also mean deceptiveness.


Snaopdragon webcards  Snapdragon  Snap


Botanical History
Snapdragons are a European native plant. The botanical name, 'Antirrhinum', comes to us from Greek. The word anti meaning 'like' and 'rrhinum' -'snout'. the flowers have been extensively cultivated to produce various sized plants as well as colours. Originally Snapdragons were only white and purple. An oil was produced from the seed in Russia that has the look and consistency of olive oil and used in place of butter.

Floristry
They dislike being overcrowded in the garden and so too in floral displays as they are very prone to mould due to their close growing individual flowers on each stem. Snapdragons are very sensitive to ethylene, (ensure spent flowers are removed that are near them and do not place near fruit or vegetables). Snapdragons could be used as both a filler and if longer cultivars are available, as a line flower.

Gardening Notes
These are classic annual flowers that bloom from Summer through to Autumn and provide a bright boost in colour throughout most styles of gardens, but they are regarded as a weed in some areas so please check with your local council as to the restrictions/suitability before planting.

Magickal Botanical
It is believed that carrying a flower in your pocket will make you more attractive. In Germany, hanging a bunch over a babies crib will ensure that they are not fearful when they grow up. In Russia, the seeds are believe to help protect against spells, curses, evil and witchcraft.

Spellcasting
Snapdragons are a good addition in spells that seek to cease gossip, deception and encourage truth. They can also be used to help keep secrets or to uncover them. Other uses (especially pink) ~ to increase attractiveness, to attract love and to boost energy.

Flower Oracle
Snapdragons (particularly pink) can indicate that a proposal of commitment (love, work or personal interest) is forthcoming. They can also let you know that you need to find the truth of a matter before you can move forward with any plans.

bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌸

you can find more Flower Magick and Botanical History in 'Flowerpaedia',' The Book of Flower Spells' and any of the Flower 13 Flower titles written and illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing and available in all good gift, book, gardening and florist stores internationally 

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻