So while my lovely Leeks are still out there in the garden waiting to pop up, I’m indoors in this cold rainy day studying them and adding to my Garden Journal. They will bring you strength, good health, protection and even love! Biting into one will even help break spells cast against you.
Start seeds indoors about two months before the last frost. They prefer a sunny to semi shade spot and a rich nitrogen slightly acidic soil (6.0 to about 7.0) ready to harvest in just over three months, cut and leave a few cms for regrowth instead of pulling up.
Journal entry: Lamy inks and pens, Prismacolor premier pencils over old watercolours and various mediums (I just fill up my journals with left overs from my pallets as I create so I avoid waste)
In goes Cumin in my Magickal Botanical Garden this morning (Cuminum cyminum) found at the Toukley Markets yesterday! I adore this in my bread and it’s probably because in German folklore it is said to protect it from being stolen, particularly by forests spirits and beings. Cumin will also generally help protect anything from theft and it helpful when carried during study so that you retain knowledge. It can be used in fidelity, protection and love magick.
In the garden it will need a dry area that receives lots of sun and it likes a very fertile soil. you can harvest the seeds after the blooming of flowers. It wait until they are a nice brown colour. Dry and store in a cool, dry place.
For longevity, optimism, joy, longevity and cheerfulness
the glorious Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
They are the national flower of Japan, the birth flower of the zodiac sign Scorpio, the flower of the month of October in Japan and China and in Western culture, November.
Chrysanthemum are the 13th Wedding Anniversary flower and their powers are strongest non Saturdays and Sundays and during the full moon.
The shorter days of Autumn will signal to the Chrysanthemum that it is time to flower and these beautiful long-lasting blossoms with brighten dull days and lift spirits anywhere.
Where grown in a pot of garden, They need a sunny spot with at least 5 to 6 house of direct sunlight a day.
Remove flowers as they are spent and at the end of winter, cut back all dead flowers and leaves and feed well with a liquid fertiliser.
Colours will add additional layers of energies ~
Red: love, passion, invitation, proposition
White: truth, trust, promise, sweetness, innocence
Yellow: refusal,boundary protection
bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn xx 🌻
PS: This Chrysanthemum was part of a gorgeous bunch my daughter Maddison gave me on my birthday last week
A little magickal botanical energy for you! All my books and decks are written by hand first in my journals.
This from my latest deck
clairvoyance, exorcism, divination, healing, lust, psychic powers, protection
Step back and observe because you are being giving the opportunity to find pathways to the freedom you desire. Meditation, divination and visionary practices will help you find and explore major themes right now. You are being reminded to take heed of an intuitive experience or message that you may of either ignored or not really understood. Now, today, is the time to trust what you feel inside, what you know to be your personal truth and take the road to freedoms it will offer. Remember, what is right for others will not necessarily be right for you. Listen to your own heart.
Native to Africa, Europe and parts of Asia, this is a tall perennial shrub that can grow up to 1.5m (5ft) in height. Leaves are a dark green with a smooth upper side and an underside covered in fine matted white hairs. Flowers are tiny and red-brown or yellow-green.
Mugwort is used for digestive disorders and is said to be very good with the treatment of parasitic infections of the digestive system and skin. It has also been used to regulate menstruation and in the treatment of respiratory problems as well fungal and bacterial complaints.
Mugwort is mostly used in visionary work and can be used to enhance psychic abilities and to enhance dreams and visions. Hung over doorways, it will repel evil and negativity. Mugwort can be made into a very effective wash to smudge magical divination tools such as crystal balls, pendulums and scrying mirrors. The smoke can also be used to empower oracle and tarot decks.
Deities: Aphrodite, Venus, Artemis, Diana, Hecate, Persephone, Sif, Audhumla
Signs: Libra, Taurus
may Nature always bless you and may always be a blessing to Nature,
Gathered from my garden tonight to create a Devil’s Ivy, Bird of Paradise, Sweet Alyssum, Rosemary and Snapdragon Magickal Botanical Grid.
This spell grid will help break you free from any magick or negative energy you feel has been cast upon you. It will also assist you to gain a deeper understanding of how to protect yourself in the future by helping you find personal insights into your strengths and weaknesses.
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzua spp.)
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officialis)
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Plants and flowers should always be included in workspace environments as they bring what is our natural human daylight living state, the outdoors, to us. Although many of our homes may do so, the vast majority of office spaces, if they feature windows at all, usually have views of other offices.
When we are in the presence of plants and flowers, we are calmed, settled and more focused while inside during the day. Flowers bring an emotional change for the better in us. They are the reproductive parts of the plant and so their job is to be attractive to pollinators and they do this by usually being beautiful, colourful and fragrant, all elements that coincidentally make us humans feel wonderful too! Plants are known to improve the air quality, and this can be of great benefit to human health. They do this by absorbing many different types of toxins, volatile gases and even germs through their leaves and roots.
a few of my well-loved friends that share my office space
WHICH PLANTS AND FLOWERS?
To select the best plants and cut flowers for the office, always start with the most suitable plants and flowers for use indoors and particularly in office environments. Have a chat with your local garden centre and florist but to start here are some good allrounders:
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Devils Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Violet (Viola spp.)
Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Orchid (Orchidaceae spp.)
Pansy (Viola tricolor var. hortensis)
my current Arrowhead crop ready for potting up
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
Protea (Protea spp.)
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Lobester or Crab Claws (Heliconia spp.)
Orchid (Orchidaceae spp.)
Most Australian Natives
Australia Native Greenery
(an Australian Native)
card: The Language of Flowers, Cheralyn Darcey, Rockpool Publishing
PLANT AND FLOWER CARE
Always keep your office plants and cut flowers away from air-conditioning outlets and drafts. Very few plants will survive the drying effects of constant artificial wind. Never place either right next to windows that face full sun for any part of the day as this can lead to burning of the leaves. Ensure that plants and cut flowers are situated away from electrical outlets and you have assessed the possible angles they may fall if bumped. You don’t want water or plant material on or near electrical and computer equipment or your work items. In saying all this, most plants suitable for indoors will enjoy filtered light and you will want them where you can see them of course. The same goes for cut flowers.
Though not always necessary,
I've taken my Cast Iron Plant outside to enjoy a little fresh air this week.
To offer the best care to your office plants, keep any information that came with them and refer to it and also look up care tips for individual types. Not all plants need the same amount of light, water, grooming and repotting. Generally, soil needs to be slightly damp and saucers should not usually not be full. Make sure you repot as the plant grows out of its home. Cut flowers do better when all foliage is kept out of the water and the water is changed every second day. Trim away flowers and foliage as they die.
Most cut flowers love a good feed and a home made one:
4 cups of water, 1 teaspoon bleach, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon sugar.
The Language of Plants and Flowers for the Office
Why not include plants and flowers that hold traditional meansing to impart even more joy, energy and good vibes to your office space. The following are traditional meanings of a few office-friendly plants and cut flowers.
PLANTS FOR THE OFFICE
Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum) youth, beginnings, inspiration
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) longevity, pride, self-respect
Devils Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) prosperity, protection, boundaries
Pansy (Viola tricolor var. hortensis) remembrance, immunity, loving thoughts
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) calm, communication, peace
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) happiness, cleansing, truth
Begonia (Begonia spp.)transition, creativity, removal of negativity
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) education, development, transformation
Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginate) legacy, tenacity, endurance
Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) wisdom, progression, attainment
Violet (Viola spp.) faithfulness, modesty, subconscious
a new collection of plants I've found this week,
some destined for an office home
CUT FLOWERS FOR THE OFFICE
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) self-acceptance, inner beauty, excellence,
King Protea (Protea cynaroides) creativity, courage, illumination
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) get well, strength, happiness
Orchid (Orchidaceae) uniqueness, refinement, grace
Heliconia (Heliconia spp.) pride, ideas, attention
Waratah(Telopea speciosissima) survival, courage, passion
Flannel Flower(Actinotus helianthi) calm, healing, trust
Grevillea (Grevillea spp.) creativity, solutions, work
Banksia (Banksia spp.) life, enthusiasm, interest
🌸🌱Camellia, Jonquil and Arrowhead Magickal Botanical Grid for those who are finding goals, dreams and projects hard to get started. They may have the passion but are losing hope, may even need need a re-start or new beginning. All of these plants and flowers hold energies that work together for this outcome. I hope that those who need some of this Magickal Botanical energy find it in my grid.
Tumbling over my wall, true and inspiring Arrowhead (Syngonium podophyllum). They will share with you the energies of
new ideas, beginnings, youth, inspiration, argument and stress reduction.
Arrowhead is a wonderful bedroom plant as it is known to help with sleep disorders. It can also be used in areas in which meetings are held or in general workplaces to facilitate more open negotiations and help inspire new ideas and inspirations. A really good plant to invite into your life when anxiety, stress and turmoil have been present. Give to another to say, “It is time to start again”, “I’m sorry”, “I wish you calm”
The Arrowhead plant has leaves that change their shape as they mature beginning as an arrowhead shape and then developing into a five-fingered structure. Interestingly the plant will have both shapes, or both immature and mature leaves on it at the same time. Flowers are a cream-white lily shaped much like a Calla Lily. A native of South America and Mexico, it can be grown as both a vine or a compact plant. They are a poisonous plant and care should be taken when handling as the sap can irritate skin.
Arrowhead plants prefer indirect light, but it still must be bright. If they are placed in full direct sun their leaves will become bleached and it will kill the plant. They will do best in cool to moderately warm areas between 16 and 24 C (60 and 75 F). Be wary over-watering this plant but ensure that the soil is kept moist. In the cooler months they will require less watering and letting them dry out a little is actually good for them.
To cleanse to remove, to banish what you no longer want in your life and to work towards balance, Bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.) will help you through fresh or dried flowers and botanicals, essences and through images. I found this one yesterday in Sydney, Croydon on my walk, along a train line and visualised the train taking away with it what is no longer wanted in my life. 🌸