Magickal Gardening

Flower of the Day - Statice (Limonium spp.)

Statice

For the ability to adapt through a challenge you can not change, a bunch of Statice nearby or a piece in a locket or charm bag will provide you will the powers of adaptability, confidence and longevity!

Card: The Language of Flowers

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

around here this week...

👢I thought I was getting THE moon boot off this weekend but it's just not there yet. 
With 11 breaks, it is looking more like 8 weeks of healing but things are going well. 
I'm allowed to be out of the boot a little over the next two weeks yah!! 
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I drew a few flowers on my boot to cheer me up. Sharpies and the black is with a Sharpie Extreme. 
Oh and thats me with one of my eye patch elixers I love making. 
photo of me: Karen Burgess 

🌝 SUPER MOON
On Wednesday evening I went for dinner at The Entrance with friends and the beautiful Super Moon shone down upon us all on our wander home...
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NEW TITLE 🌿🌸
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I can't show you the art I'm working on at the moment as it is still firmly under wraps with my publisher for an upcoming title of mine but here I am working away at the linocuts. There is a very large manuscript that goes with these and I am also working diligently away on that alongside the artworks. 

🌻 FLOWER SPELLS
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There are a lot of lovely messages from people who have found my new books 'The Book of Flower Spells' and 'The Book of Herb Spells' and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to now continue this series with another two books coming out later this year and I'm working on the next two after that! Thank you everyone for connecting with and loving this collection of my plant spells, stories, wisdom and tips. 
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🌸 AROUND THE GARDEN
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Nasturtiums everywhere! 

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The last of my Cosmos. They are a legacy plant that obviously have either been here before me or they have drifted from someplace else. I love the colours and the way they delightfully dance on the late summer breezes. 

🌿 IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK
This week I am harvesting: baby eggplant, rosemary, thyme, creeping thyme, black chillies, cos lettuce, candy stripe roses, nasturtiums, Tom Thumb tomatoes, chives, radishes, cucumber. 
This week I am planting: nothing the moment but I have begun to propagate a couple of fiddle leaf figs from my ridiculously high tree (mine is about 40 feet high)
This week I am working on: tidying up the vegetable garden as there are a lot of annuals that need attendance, cutting back my kangaroo paw, gladiolus and dahlias. Saying goodbye to the cosmos and zinnias. 


Hope you are having a fabulous week. 
bunches of love, 
Cheralyn 🌻
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bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

⚘ The Language of Black Flowers

Back in 2010, UK Flower breeders Ball Colegrave announced that they had created the first black flower.
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They came pretty close, but a true black colour in a flower is scientifically impossible. What Ball Colegrave flower breeder Jianping Ren had developed was a very dark purple petunia that is still available today and is know as, ‘Black Velvet’. Still very impressive, as up until this time, there was nothing anywhere near this depth of black in any flower, let alone a petunia.


Stuart Lowen, from Ball Colegrave in Banbury said: 'It's completely unique. It's the first black petunia anywhere in the world. It was created by experimenting with existing colours already on the market and breeding them using traditional methods. We don't use any genetic modification at all, just pollination.”

Flower naturally grow in many colours, just not black. The pigments that flowers employ to colour their petals don't produce black. While ‘black-looking’ flowers are found occurring naturally, breeders also select flowers with the highest levels of red and blue pigments and when cross them together. In doing so, they can sometimes create very dark purple petals and leaves.

Flower colour will slightly change or add an additional layer to the meanings and energies of flowers. Black will actually make the meanings far more powerful, stronger and, be careful, even more aggressive. Below are just a few black flowers and their meanings and energies. You can connect with these via the fresh or dried flowers, botanical creations made with them, flower essences and images (photos, artwork, oracle cards) or through meditation and visualisation. 


Black tulip
'Queen of the Night' Tulip (Tulipa spp.)
'I only want you', desire, passion, self-improvement, new goals attained 

Black dahlia
Black Dahlia (Dahlia spp.)
 you can do this, encouragement, dignity, confidence, vitality,
increased inner strength, creative success, standing strong in faith

Bat orchid
Black Bat Orchid (Tacca chantrieri)
fearlessness, awareness, developed intuition, protection


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Black Hellebore
 (Helleborus niger)
mental control,  protection, plant alchemy, banishing, exorcism, increased intelligence


Black arum
Black Arum Lily (Zantedeschia Schwarzwalder)
magnificent beauty, complete rejuvenation, dignity


Black cranse
Black Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium phaeum)
'I want to be with you', silent mind, luxuriant elegance and comfort, fertility, passionate love, virility



Black petunia
Black Petunia (Petunia 'Balpevac') 
'I want to be with you', do not give up, protection, anger, resentment, enthusiasm, clarity, goals


Do you have or know of a black flower that you would like to know more about?
Let me know! 

bunches of love, 
Cheralyn 🌻

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bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌸 Flower of the Day ~ STOCK (Matthiola incana)


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This divine flower will help you slow down and connect more deeply with that which makes you content. Surround yourself with the flower, it’s essence or image to help you complete projects in a more methodical and focused manner and to boost happiness in a space. Give to another to say ‘I have great affection for you’, ‘I like you’.

Bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻


Card: The Language of Flowers deck by Cheralyn @rockpoolpublishing and distributed by @weiserbooks

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

Flower of the Day ~ Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

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My divine nasturtiums are flourishing at the moment so they are you Flower of the Day Bring them into your life to help ground and focus and also to help you win challenges and succeed in tests and even disagreements. Nasturtiums will help you return to centre and stay true to your passion, goals and visions. Give to another to day ‘congratulations’, ‘you can do this’ and ‘I’m with you on this’

Bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌻

Card: The Language of Flowers, by Cheralyn and published by @rockpoolpublishing and available through @weiserbooks 

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

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

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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

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌸 Flower of the Day ~ Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum)

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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.

bunches of blessings,
🌻Cheralyn xx

card from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden', written & illustrated in watercolour by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing U.S. Games Systems

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻

🌺 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
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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 🌼


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

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻