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
The Passion Flower Passiflora is best explained at Easter despite it blooming in the summer. I worked with plants for some years before I came across the reason for the name. Contrary to it meaning passionate love of the romantic kind, the flower was used to represent Christ’s passion on the cross. The flower was … Read More about Passion in a Flower
Who can fail to love these flowers? They are so tiny and yet flower abundantly to give great splashes of colour. It seems that they are bursting with cheerfulness. Many of us long for the sun during dark winter days so their colour brings us a natural lift. ‘Heartsease’ is the common name for Viola … Read More about Viola – the Cheerful Companion