Dicentra Spectabilis, more aptly known as Bleeding Heart, is a perfect example of how the Doctrine of Signatures works. What is the Doctrine of Signatures? This was a theory, developed in the middle ages, that when a flower or plant resembles a part of the human body it would have healing properties for that organ. … Read More about Bleeding Heart and the Doctrine of Signatures
This week our November mornings have been damp and dark. Yet I spied a borage plant in the corner of the field and the bright, sapphire blue, star-shaped flowers inspired me and invigorated me. Some love and some hate borage but why? Borage the Weed The ‘haters’, I believe, are those who have had borage … Read More about Borage – Blunt or Brave?
Sunflower means positivity, energy and joy It is coming to the end of summer and what a stunning, hot season it has been! As we move into autumn there is one flower that bridges the seasonal gap spectacularly. If you were asking yourself an internal question today, perhaps wondering whether to go ahead with a … Read More about Sunflower – a sign of Optimism and Joy
It is curious how a flower, so often photographed and enjoyed in summer, can have such poignant and painful meaning by November. The poppies during June and July create a beautiful shimmering scarlet colour en masse. They are like a vibrant, earthbound sunset. As I write harvest is beginning, a full month earlier than we … Read More about Poppy – A Flower of Contradictions
It was Keats who named the bluebell ‘Sapphire queen of the mid-May’ in his poem ‘Fancy’ 1818. Two hundred years later, as we entered May, the bluebells have certainly been magnificent. I have been watching them gradually unfurl and by the first bank holiday, May Day, they were full of regal splendour. When I see … Read More about Bluebells and their Meanings