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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 
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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 ‘cut and come again’ 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. 

 


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The Language of Sunflowers

My first Sunflower of the season!
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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) will assist you in finding happiness and focusing on it. Sunflower will also support those who require additional strength and resolution at the moment. Self-esteem boost.

Language of Flowers Oracle:
A turn in fortune is indicated and a chance to mend matters of the heart as well. Friends could be very helpful and projects which require groups who are in some way connected through friendship or a mutual passion for the subject are also indicated.
Masculine and patriarchal connections are very strong when any Sunflower is showing it's energies to you.

Flower Lore:
Many myths, legends and stories (early references outside of the Americas) which speak of the sunflower are actually speaking of other flowers (such as marigold) which are also Heliotropic (follow the sun) although, Helianthus annuus is not truly Heliotropic. Young plants do follow the sun in their development but once the flower blooms, you will find they forever face the rising sun direction.
The Incas worshiped the Sunflower and it is believed this is because they found magick in it's geometry. Indications of sunflower are found in abundance in their temples and spiritual artworks.
It is said that if you wish to find the truth in a situation, you can sleep with a fresh sunflower under your pillow or bed and it will come to you.
Pick a sunflower right at sunset and make a wish to have out granted before the sun goes down the following day.

Gardening Notes:
Depicted in this card is a Wild Sunflower which is distinguished from it's domesticated sibling by it's branched stem and multiple flower heads. If you do obtain seeds from a Wild Sunflower, growing notes are the same.Although they will grow in part shade you really will do best planting them out in a full sun position with a loamy soil.
Plant your seeds after the danger of frost has passed in early Spring. I plant every 4 weeks a few times over so I have a summer full of sunflowers. Feed every few weeks.

bunches of love,
Cheralyn🌻 xx

card: the Language of Flowers @rockpoolpublishing @weiserbooks


Are you Listening to the Language of Plants or just tapping into what you can gain?

The Botanical Spirit works without us and apart from us.
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It will not die because of us as it is a universal energy and we are only a small event, a bud of possibility, upon the vines and tendrils that it sends out across time, space and dimensions. We really know nothing of the plans of plants.
Our actions can certainly harm it but it will simply cut us off and guide us to land that hibernates our energy.
The Botanical Spirit responds to us because we are that bud of possibility and if we are aligned and work with it? We may be the leaf, the branch, the root, the flower or the bulb that carries forward and works in harmony with this energy.
Droughts come and fires alight because they must as there is no regeneration and chance for evolution without. Plants need water, air, earth and fire.
Unwanted drying of earth and flames lit without consciousness, through the hand of the people occur because they are not aligned with Plant Energy but there is no botanical plant jury handing out punishment over the supposed morals and personal actions of people.
Plants care about themselves and they have work to do that we are only just awakening to. We are lucky enough to live within the branches of these energies and to listen and learn from their language of botanical energy. You are a part of it but don’t mistake what this energy is saying.
Are you really listening to plants?

May nature bless you and may you always be a blessing to nature.
🐝 Cheralyn


🌿 Magickal Botanical Leek (Allium ampeloprasum)

Leek journal

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)


Magickal Botanical Moon Gardening & Energy Guide 31st August ~ 6th September 2019

Hello Blossoms! 
Hope you are having a lot of fun with the change of season ‘busy time’ whether you are getting ready for Spring or Autumn. Things are a little difficult as I have not been well of late, (THE Flu followed by pneumonia and a couple of broken ribs from coughing). I create my gardens and maintain them completely on my own, so if I can’t do them, they don’t get done. Oh but I do still get a lot completed as gardening is my first love and I'd crawl on my belly if I had to! ;) 
Peas, radish, bok choy and potato are delicious right now and I’m delighting in early lettuce, jasmine and daisies.
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Hope you have a wonderful gardening week, wherever you are and here are my general interpretations for Australia, USA and the UK for those of us who enjoy gardening by the energy of the Moon phases. For each day I have given you he subheadings: 
Gardening: These are suggested activities broadly based on your country.
Magick: Use these notes to create spells, magickal troops, blessings, alter and so on as well as flower and plant essences and botanicals with the energies listed.  


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from my gardening journal. I keep notes about gardening, energies and natural observances. 

AUSTRALIA
Saturday 31st August 

Gardening: The Waxing Moon is in Virgo vegetable crops should be doing very well. Do not preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants.
Magick: Increase of finances, success and creativity. 

Sunday 1st September & Monday 2nd September
Gardening: Waxing Moon moving into moves in Libra and this means you should refrain from watering. Planting and sowing flowering herbs and plants iOS best done on these days. Still good period for the development of flowers until Tuesday as well. 
Magick: Balance, harmony and finding a way to bring these into being.

Tuesday 3rd September & Wednesday 4th September
Gardening: Waxing Moon making its way into Scorpio, now will be the best time to mow lawns as well as trim plants that require it. Watering of all plants, including those indoor, that need it is favourable on these days. Now is a good time for the sowing and planting of leafy vegetables and plants as well.
Magick: increasing efforts to get rid of negative energies and to work on transformation for the better.

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September 
Gardening: The Waxing Moon is moving into Sagittarius and you will find that leafy vegetables and plants should be doing well as are fruiting crops. Now is a good time to preserve fruit crops and for planting them. 
Magick:
work involving increasing higher understandings, working on spirituality and rising above.

USA 
Saturday 31st August 
Gardening: The Waxing Moon is in Virgo vegetable crops should be doing very well. Do not preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants.
Magick: Increase of finances, success and creativity. 

Sunday 1st September & 
Monday 2nd September
Gardening: The Moon moving into moves in Libra and this means you should refrain from watering. Planting and sowing flowering herbs and plants iOS best done on these days. Still good period for the development of flowers until Tuesday as well. 
Magick: Balance, harmony and finding a way to bring these into being.

Tuesday 3rd September &
Wednesday 4th September
Gardening: The Waxing Moon is making its way into Scorpio, now will be the best time to mow lawns as well as trim plants that require it. Watering of all plants, including those indoor, that need it is favourable on these days. Now is a good time for the sowing and planting of leafy vegetables and plants as well.
Magick: increasing efforts to get rid of negative energies and to work on transformation for the better.

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September 

Gardening: The Waxing Moon is moving into Sagittarius and you will find that fruiting crops are developing well under this influence. Now is a good time to preserve fruit crops and for planting them.
Magick: work involving increasing higher understandings, working on spirituality and rising above.

UK
Saturday 31st August 
Gardening: The Waxing Moon is in Virgo vegetable crops should be doing very well. Do not preserve fruits during this time, but you will find that transplanting, repotting, along with sowing and planting out garden beds will result in stronger and healthier plants.
Magick: Increase of finances, success and creativity. 

Sunday 1st September & 
Monday 2nd September
Gardening: Waxing Moon moving into moves in Libra and this means you should refrain from watering. Planting and sowing flowering herbs and plants iOS best done on these days. Still good period for the development of flowers until Tuesday as well. 
Magick: Balance, harmony and finding a way to bring these into being.

Tuesday 3rd September &
Wednesday 4th September
Gardening: Waxing Moon making its way into Scorpio, now will be the best time to mow lawns as well as trim plants that require it. Watering of all plants, including those indoor, that need it is favourable on these days. Now is a good time for the sowing and planting of leafy vegetables and plants as well.
Magick: increasing efforts to get rid of negative energies and to work on transformation for the better.

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September 

Gardening: The Waxing Moon is moving into Sagittarius and you will find that fruiting crops are developing well under this influence. Now is a good time to preserve fruit crops and for planting them with Thursday still a good day for planting leafy crops and plants.
Magick: work involving increasing higher understandings, working on spirituality and rising above.

The interpretations of the Luna Calendar for Gardening and Magick are written by Cheralyn Darcey. 
Sharing is permitted in original form. 


🌸 Flower of the Day ~ Chrysanthemum

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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 ~
Bronze: friendship
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

 

Magickal Botanical ~ Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

A little magickal botanical energy for you! All my books and decks are written by hand first in my journals.
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This from my latest deck
Magickal Botanical 
Uses
clairvoyance, exorcism, divination, healing, lust, psychic powers, protection

Oracle Meanings
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.

Botanical Description
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.

Traditional Use
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.

Magickal Use
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.

Magickal Correspondences
Deities: Aphrodite, Venus, Artemis, Diana, Hecate, Persephone, Sif, Audhumla
Planet: Venus
Signs: Libra, Taurus
Elements: Earth

card from ~ 
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may Nature always bless you and may always be a blessing to Nature, 
Cheralyn 🌻


How Do you Find the Best Plants and Flowers for Your Office?

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.
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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.

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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:
Plants
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)
Arrowheadmy current Arrowhead crop ready for potting up

Cut Flowers

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
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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.
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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
IMG_0060a 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

7B294738-52B6-4DA9-87CD-484B98E4D185an office floristry design I helped create recently 

bunches of love, 

🌿 Cheralyn 🌻

PS: you can find lots of flower and plant meanings in 'Flowerpaedia' Cheralyn Darcey, Rockpool Publishing