...and I'm are back! To blogging!

Hello! 
I hope this finds you happy and well and that you have spent at least some time with a plant, in the garden and maybe even getting your hands dirty. 

Personal Things...

I honestly haven't had the time to fit blogging in for so long as obligations and a bit of craziness has consumed so much of my time. 
Living in the Greater Sydney region has meant 4 long months of lockdown but luckily I have been an essential worker (journalist) and so have had some measure of freedom to do my work. 
I was able to go to the radio station to produce and present my weekly live program and to interview people over the phone from there. Lucky as well to live in a very large LGA (Local Government Area), The Central Coast, and be able to go to the beach, the park and the forest for recreation. Not so lucky that I had another nasty fall and completely torn my medial meniscus. With no elective surgery due to restrictions it has meant terrible pain and immobility but I'll be getting it fixed soon. 

Publishing Things...
Other than that? I'm busy completing a large gardening book and putting the finishing touches on a new series that will appeal to the arty gardeners out there. It's always plants from me so it won't take too much to guess. The large book will appear early 2023 and the series, (yes it is one for my Flora Flowers friends!) will kick off in March 2022. Exciting times and busy ones at that. 
My Flora friends?  Thanks for hanging in there with me. I am happy with where she is headed and the additional few years of development have really helped me to craft a strong backstory and foundation. It's a very good lesson for other authors and illustrators to not be so quick to rush to market with concepts before they are ripe. There is no way Flora would be as well developed or be able to hold up to the breath of plans I have created. There is lots of room for organic growth but it will always make sense to the reader as the roots are strong. 
If you want to keep up with Flora, she has her own website now: The Flora Journals

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Gardening Things...
The garden is looking as wonderful as it always does this time of year here, Down Under. It's late Spring and the vegetables are sweet, the flowers plentiful and the bees are doing their thing. The thing that has been sad is not being able to go to my community garden with friends and fellow community gardeners because of lockdown. We have managed to keep SWAMP (Sustainable Wetlands Agricultural Makers Project) alive and steady with rotating rosters ensuring only one of us (or family group) was there at a time. Right now our core team is back on deck and we are looking forward to opening to the public again early next year (maybe December!) 
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Radio Things...
If you had of told me a few years ago, or even last year, that I would be a trained radio producer, presenter, panel operator in 2022 and would also be efficient with the 'Zetta' operating system and learning audio editing I would of told you to stop drinking the hard stuff! Here I am though doing all this at COASTFM. This is mostly due to necessity as it is a Community Radio Station and we all pitch in to help out where we can. I've loved the training and with my keen interest in IT, I've found it rather exciting. The thing about this station is that it is situated on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia and this is a place where a to of Sydney people retire to. So we have a stunning amount of talented, (and very well known) entertainment industry legends on hand. No true creative ever really retires and so our station is stacked with mentors almost on tap, as long as you are willing to do the work! If you are not hearing stories of 'The Golden Age of Radio and Advertising' then you are picking up tiny tips and helpful insights all day every day. The best thing though is really connecting with the community and making a real difference by sharing what you are passionate about directly. I'm able to craft a program that speaks straight to local gardeners and plant people that is for them, about them and including them. 
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Newspaper Things...
My Coast News Gardening page is now syndicated to another weekly newspaper and found online. After a one week absence a couple of weeks ago due to a miscommunication, we all know how popular it is! It's delightful to hear how much people like my column which follows that gardening show I write. I also now get to review gardening books so if you have suggestions for gardening/plant related books that I could give my 'leaf rating' to, let me know! Oh and let's not forget the gardening questions!! I answer way more than appear in the article each week with about 20 coming in every seven days. Again, it's lovely to see and feel that I'm helping out.

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I think that's enough things to catch up on to get me back behind the blogging wheelbarrow! 

bunches of love, 
Cheralyn 


Your Autumn Garden Planner - The Gardening

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๐ŸŒฟ Our topic is 'Autumn Gardening' and along with Cheralyn's suggestions, we will be chatting with greenskeeper Craig Parks for the inside dirt on keeping lawns looking lush.
๐ŸŒฟOur regular GangSTARS join us... Vicki from
Narara Valley Nursery with 'What's Hot around the Nurseries', Doreen will give us the Market report that matters with 'Around the Markets this Weekend' and Lachlan of McDonald Partners our insider agent with his 'Property Report'. Listen out for our new a new segment from
MC Microbe! He is our community reporter and presenter with a lot of brilliant tips to lay down for us as well!
Listen for the ๐Ÿ”” as that is your cue to call us with your gardening questions for Cheralyn's 'Gangster Gardening School'!
๐ŸŒฟ Make sure you PM us your news and events ASAP so we can include them in the show.
๐ŸŒฟ 'At Home with the Gardening Gang'
COAST FM 963 is live every Saturday morning on your dial or streamed 8am - 10am Sydney, Australia time.
๐ŸŒฟThe episode is then Podcasted the following Sunday morning sans music wherever you get your podcasts. Search: 'At Home with the Garden Gang'

 

 


Green Witch Gardening with Sweet Corn (Zea mays)

๐ŸŒฝ My little corn corner of the garden! How are you going growing Corn? Even if you do not not have this addition to your garden, you can still immerse in the energies simply through creating and cooking with corn. Sweet Corn (Zea mays) has a deep connection with ritual, return, divination, luck, offerings and fertility.
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๐ŸŒฝ GARDENING NOTES
Sweet Corn can be planted in tropical and temperate climates at any frost-free time and in colder zones from autumn through to early summer. It will need to be planted in a block to facilitate fertilisation in a full sun position with friable rich soil. Harvest can be undertaken once the cobs are standing out from the main stem, the silks are turning brown and the kernels release a creamy juice if pressed.

๐ŸŒฝ GARDEN ORACLE
Though there may be unknown forces surrounding and working for you at present, you are being prompted to join in through dedicated study and physical action. Beneficial esoteric teachings are worthwhile pursuing and a deeper connection with another is being forged, perhaps without you even realising it. Be careful of secrets and confidential knowledge that may cause harm.

๐ŸŒฝ MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES
Uses: return, divination, luck, offerings, fertility Deities: Quetzalcoatl, The Corn Maiden Celestial: Venus Astrological Sign: Leo

๐ŸŒฝ GOOD LUCK SPELL
This kitchen spell will bring good fortune to all who join in. Gather popping corn, covered pan and oil. Following corn instructions, heat oil, place corn in pan and secure lid. Once about half has popped, remove lid and let popcorn fly. Catching a popped corn will bring you luck. If this proves too dangerous, simply toss a cup full of popped corn into the air.

bunches of blessings, Cheralyn ๐ŸŒฟ
Card: Green Witch Oracle @rockpoolpublishing @weiserbooks

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The Language of the Stock Plant (Matthiola incana)

STOCK (Matthiola incana)

Plant Energies
Stock will offer confidence, calm and a centred place to rest amid turmoil and change. Time to focus, to think more deeply and slow down. Your personal truth needs some attention at present so donโ€™t let it get lost in your present dealings. Stock will also indicate and lead you to a balanced place in emotional swings. Be careful of losing yourself amid the behaviours of others. 

Gardening Notes 
Plant in tropical places from mid-summer to the end of autumn, in temperate areas from mid-summer until early winter and in colder climates plant stock from mid-summer until mid-autumn. Stock is a biennial that is generally grown as an annual in most gardens and needs a rich soil that is friable. They do not like a soggy soil and the best position is a sunny one. Flowers will appear in about 20 weeks and vase life is 5 to 7 days.

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Magickal Correspondence 
Uses:
relaxation, completion, contentment, slow down, affection
Deities:
Nox, Zephyros, Flora
Celestial:
Jupiter
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius

Plant Spell
Create an essence to induce calm, balance and focus.
Gather a bowl of water, Stock flowers, a spray bottle and vegetable glycerine.
Place the bowl of water in the sun and add the Stock flowers. Leave for at least an hour. Sieve and decant into a spray bottle with a dash of vegetable glycerine. Spritz in areas when you need to instil calm, balance and focus.

CARD: Green Witch Oracle, Cheralyn Darcey, Rockpool Publishing 


Flora Grows Apples

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THE MAGICK & POWER OF APPLES (Malus domestica). This fruit can help you connect with energies to assure a brighter future. Apple helps build and hold hope stronger in your heart. If you are working on your future, on goals and re-evaluating past decisions, this powerful fruit will be a strong ally. Those wanting to align with the energy of love and especially on bringing romantic bonds closer together can use apple via essences, cooking, imagery and magic to assist. Apple also beckons us tp look at the individual elements of situations a little more closely and be sure that you do not lose your unique qualities.

GARDENING NOTES
Plant apple trees from early winter to mid-spring in tropical zones (suitable cultivars) and late autumn through to late spring in all other areas. Grow in a sheltered, full sun position with a free-draining and fertile soil. Ensure that the young tree is very well watered in the first few weeks. Apples benefit from a nitrogen-based fertiliser each year before fruiting. Harvest apples when they smell and taste ripe.

MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES
Uses: immortality, prosperity, love, spirit realm, blockages
Deities: Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Pomona, Gaia, Morgan le Fay, Idunn, Olwen
Celestial: Venus
Astrological Sign: Capricorn

AN APPLE SPELL
Apples hide a pentagram within, so use this natural magick in a dried fruit display.
Gather 3 apples, ยฝ cup lemon juice, 1.5 tablespoons salt. Core apples, slice 5mm (.20 inch) thick. Soak for 15 minutes in a mix of 2 cups lemon juice and 3 tablespoons salt. Pat dry then dry on a baking sheet for about 6 hours at in an oven at 150 degrees. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to ensure good air circulation. Turn the slices when they start to curl.

I know a lot of you love Flora as much as I do so here is a full sized print to keep. 
Click on the image to download a full sized print. 
It is still copyright protected and may not be sold. 
Flora Grows Apples Cheralyn Darcey


Rosemary Powers and Creating Cuttings

This is my beloved Rosemary plant below that I've had for about 8 years now. In flower on this rainy morning and here are a few cuttings I took a couple of weeks back and a bit of advice on how you can do that and I've shared how Rosemary can enhance and support you!

Rosemary 1CREATING CUTTINGS
ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis)
You need the nodes! One of these cuttings have been removed correctly, one has not. Spot the difference? It will help you create the best cuttings.
I created these cuttings of my Rosemary by taking semi-ripe cuttings about two weeks ago. To do this, you ensure that you select non-flowering tips from your plant that are beginning to harden and turn brown (you should be able to see what that looks like in my photo). I snipped my cuttings just below a nod (a bumpy bit) on the stem and then striped off all the lower leaves as you can see.

I dipped my cuttings in honey and set in small glass vases to shoot and had about a 70% success rate

Rosemary 2Potting up today into compost in small pots and because it has turned chilly here, I will cover with my mini greenhouses so that the roots can establish.

Rosemary is a perennial shrub that can be planted from late autumn to late winter in the tropics, from early spring through to late autumn in temperate zones and mid-spring to early autumn in colder places. Plant in garden beds or containers in most free-draining soils and although rosemary will grow in semi-shade, it usually does better in full sun. Harvest leaves as required.

THE POWER OF ROSEMARY
Rosemary helps develop deeper levels of connection with people, concepts and plans. It enables you to keep in touch with your inner wisdom, paying heed to the past and to clear what needs to be released. Rosemary also warns of gossip and those who are false in their appearance or word.

HEALTH & WELLBEING
Rosemary can be used to improve memory and provides mental clarity, so helpful when studying. Best used as an essential oil for this or even (as I do), work inside a locket or as a small spring. It does taste so zingy and yummy on food but it also improves digestion so is perfect added to meals latter in the day or perhaps those larger festive dishes.  Rosemary contains anti-flammatory elements and antioxidants and can be used to assist health issues that could benefit from these qualities. 

MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES
Uses: the mind, cleansing, consecration, psychic development, lust
Deities: Elves, Virgin Mary, Hecate, Helios, Sea Spirits
Celestial: Sun
Astrological Sign: Leo

A ROSEMARY SPELL
This herb can easily be used as a smudge stick to cleanse the mind and areas.
Gather a bunch of rosemary and natural string or yarn. Trim as many sprigs as you please to an even length that you feel will create a smudge stick of the size and appearance you want.With the string, wrap the cut end of the stems a few times and tie to secure and then tightly in a crisscross fashion to the end and the tie off. Hang to in a cool dry place until dry.

 

 


Flora Grows Cos Lettuce

I've been asked for prints of this artwork and I thought I'd gift them to those who are interested.Flora Grows Cos Lettuce  Cheralyn Darcey

"Flora Grows Cos Lettuce" Cheralyn Darcey 2020 
watercolour, pen, white ink, pencil on paper 
Click on the image above to download a full sized image
It is copyright protected, can be downloaded and printed for personal use only and may not be altered. 

This post and social media posts can be shared and the image can be shared online with full credit to Cheralyn Darcey. 

COS LETTUCE
(Lactuca sativa)
This vegetable will help you find fulfilment in many areas of your life. It will help you overcome challenges and find new ways to obtain financial gain or recovery. Cos Lettuce helps us get better physically and emotionally and so asks that we watch the way we are caring for ourselves and to be careful about what it is we are focused on.
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GARDENING NOTES
Usually planted in spring or autumn in most areas or late winter through to mid spring in cold zones. Before sowing, lay on wet paper towels and refrigerate for two days before sowing. Keep well-watered once sown or seedlings are planted out. Lettuce grow best in full sun with an open soil that is rich and kept moist. Although all are annuals, many types are โ€˜cut and come againโ€™ so can be harvested as they grow until the end of their season. 

MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES
Uses: 
lust, renewal, recovery, love, fertility, desire
Deities: 
Venus, Min
Celestial: 
The Moon
Astrological Sign: 
Cancer


SPELL 
Renew your skin and boost your desirability while bring what you desire closer.
Gather 2 tablespoons finely shredded lettuce, 1 teaspoon of corn flour, 1 tablespoon of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of dried milk, 1 tablespoon fine powered clay and 1 drop of rose oil.

Place in a red bowl and mix together while visualising what it is you desire. Pat onto a clean face, leave for 30 mins then rinse off.