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Class on gardens.

A Goddess Garden
Night-bloomers
How To Dry Roses
A Garden Of Meaning
The Top 10 Things I learned From My Garden
Moon Planting
Moon Garden
Grow A Seed Spell
Helpful Hints for Gardens
Grape Vine Lore
The Language of Flowers
Roses and Aphrodite
The Language of Flowers - Flowers and Meanings


A Goddess Garden

The opening of buds signals the beginning of a new season. 
The Great Goddess is again blooming around the world. 
Look for Her in flowers, laughter, children, elders, the people 
you meet today, and yourself, look and you will find Her.

Her buds are green, but Her flowers blossom into all the colors of the world. 

May we bloom
Each in our own way
Revealing the beauty within

May our ancient roots 
Give us healing strength 
Nurturing our best selves

May we celebrate diversity
Respect each person we meet 
Understand that we are one family

May each of us always remember . . .
We are united in hope & divided in fear
Put away fear and celebrate our human family

Like the flowers of the garden, we flourish when we have sunshine, 
clean water, clean air, room for our roots to grow and many diverse neighbor. 
Each one adding something uniquely special to our experience & environment

Night-bloomers

Try these night-bloomers in your Moon Garden: 
Angels trumpet (Datura innoxia)- This viney annual has giant, trumpet-shaped, white flowers. You may need to discipline this rambunctious plant to keep it in line. 

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)- Related to morning glory, this annual may climb to 10 feet. Tightly closed by day, its white flowers unfurl at dusk to release a lemony aroma. 

Four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa) - In late afternoon, this annual's flowers pop open in often-speckled shades of red, yellow, white or rose. It grows bush-like to 3 feet. 

Yucca (Yucca filamentosa) - Flowers of this spiky perennial are open all day, but at night the droopy blossoms lift and release a soapy smell. Hardy in zones 4 to 9. 

Evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa 'Pink Petticoats')- This fast spreading perennial is hardy in zones 5 to 9, and its pale flowers release a sweet scent in the evening.
 
How To Dry Roses
1. Drying Roses: Rosebuds & roses from your garden should be hung upside down to dry in bunches, away from the light, but in an airy place. You may also dry them in silica get, which is particularly good for maintaining their color and shape.
2. Drying Rose Petals: Gather rose petals from your garden when the morning dew has dried off in the sun. Spread them immediately on sheets of absorbent kitchen paper or on newspaper, pulling the petals off separately and making sure they do not touch each other.
3. For use in a potpourri recipe, sprinkle them with some of the spices you are going to use (i.e. powdered clove or cinnamon) to discourage ants or any small insects that may otherwise settle on them.
4.Alternatively, lay out the rose petals on paper on trays or in a colander and put them in an oven for an hour at the lowest setting, leaving the door slightly ajar. Take out of oven and leave trays in an airy place. Drying will take two or three days.

A Garden Of Meaning: The Symbolic Language Of Flowers

For as long as poetry has existed, the beauty and astounding variety of flowers has captured human imagination. Since ancient times, we have ascribed meaning to flowers, often through myths such as that of Narcissus, who changed into a lovely white blossom after pining away for his own reflection. Floriography, the language of flowers, most likely has roots in tales such as those and the use of flowers to convey messages was practiced in Turkey, Egypt, China, Greece and the Roman Empire many centuries ago.
The sentiment behind a gift of a bouquet of delicately-scented red roses is difficult to interpret but over time, the meaning of each individual bloom, so different from its peers, has been lost. Whereas today we may choose an arrangement based on simple beauty or aroma, it was in Victorian times, when social etiquette placed strict restraints on courtship and emotional display, that the art of floriography reached wonderful heights. A man could pledge his everlasting love and fidelity with tiny, purple myrtle or silently accuse his love of indiscretion with a bouquet of bright yellow roses and purple hyacinth. Finding later that he had been incorrect, he might send a single fragrant peony to express his shame or star of Bethlehem to show atonement.

Following is a brief list of the meaning of flowers:

Azalea - First love
Cherry Blossom - Spiritual beauty
Daffodil - You are the only one
Daisy (White) - Innocence
Dock - Patience
Fir - Time
Foxglove - Youth
Gardenia - You are lovely
Heather - Our dreams will come true
Heliotrope - Devotion
Honeysuckle - Faithfulness
Jasmine - Grace & elegance
Lavender - Loveliness in age
Magnolia - Soulful & dignity
Mum - Truth
Pansy - Thoughts of you
Petunia - Never despair
Phlox - Our souls are united
Poinsettia - Success
Rose (Yellow) - Friendship love
Stephanotis - Happiness in marriage
Sunflower - Adoration
Thyme - Courage
Tulip - Declaration of love
Violet - Modesty

"Sweet flowers alone can say what passion fears revealing," wrote poet Thomas Hood. 

Flowers are a poignant way of sharing love, congratulation, well-wishes, grief, and celebration through colored petals and heady scents. Knowledge of the language of flowers, unknown to many, adds a second tier of meaning and a special significance to the cherished thoughts that become the loveliest bouquets.

The Top 10 Things I learned From My Garden

1. Weed. 
Planting seeds means that at some point you're going to have to remove some of the plants so that other ones have the chance to grow and thrive. In the same way, you only have so much space in your life and you need to get rid of the tolerations so you can have the room, and the nutrients, and the self-care to thrive and grow. In the same way that you let the bigger, stronger plants stay, concentrate on your
strengths and let them grow.

2. If you keep doing what you've been doing you're going to keep getting what you've been getting. 
There's a place in my garden that just needed a rose bush. I planted 5 there. It's like a black hole. I went on to try other plants. Whatever I planted there died, and no matter what fertilizer, extra watering or extreme care I gave, I was finally forced to admit that for some reason nothing was going to grow there. I gave up what was essentially an ego position and went with the flow. It now is the place for my garden statuary.

3. On the other hand, if it ain't broke, don't fix it -- and don't listen to other people!
I have another place in my garden where the geraniums thrive all year round. My sister stayed with me a week and she didn't feel like I was watering my garden enough. I started watering the geraniums and now they are spindly and their leaves have turned pale and I question their survival. It seems they were thriving on my intuitive care and were happy with the way things were.

4. Stay in touch with the soil and water. Stay in touch with life. 
Some of my most peaceful moments take place in my garden. I don't wear gloves and I take off my shoes and walk in the mud and turn the soil with my bare fingers. I work with people and with ideas, and bringing my body in contact with the soil keeps me grounded.

5. There's a time to reap and a time to sow. 
You'll learn the old elemental cycles of nature. There will be those magnificent sparkling snapdragons for just a few moments in the spring, pansies when it's too cold for anything to grow, and chrysanthemums in the fall bringing back memories of high school football games and mum corsages. Eventually the tomato crop will come in and when they die, it'll be time to plant the broccoli. It's our traditions and the cycles of the year that bring meaning and order to our lives.

6. Delight in the abundant surprises of nature. 
The rose bush didn't grow, and the impatiens didn't take off, but a crepe myrtle arose, a shoot from another one about 5' away, when I had no idea they propagated; and the biggest surprise of all -- out of nowhere some chile patines arrived. I have no idea where they came from, but they're welcome as the day is long. Nature provides.

7. Nothing tastes as good as something you grew yourself. 
Invest yourself in what you're doing and it will always taste better. It's the projects you really work hard on that have meaning.

8. Find a partner who compliments you. 
One year the man in my life and I had a vegetable garden. I planned it, with my usual enthusiasm, and plotted everything out. He dug the holes and planted what I'd planned with not much enthusiasm, but a sort of dogged determination. I watched the things come up and was thrilled, and then lost interest. He was the one who faithfully watered, and weeded, and fertilized and kept the crops going with no imagination, just hard work. Then when the harvest came in, I cooked up great things. He liked the meals and pronounced the garden a Good Thing after all. I'm a Strategist who likes to plan things all out and then turn it over to someone else, someone who's not a dreamer, to implement it. We were a good team. Now the garden is all mine and I appreciate all the more his former contribution. He may never dream and vision as I do, and I may never have a taste for doing the same thing day in and day out as he did, so we made a good team and each learned things from the other to incorporate into our lives.

9. Thorns and beetles and hornets and snails and worms. 
I have cuts and scratches on my hands and arms, like the wrinkles on my face -- signs that I've lived and been in touch with life. When I go out to the garden I meet all sorts of critters that are part of life on this planet and my companions on the journey. There are bugs that want to eat the roses; and snails, whose function I do not know; and worms that are making it all possible; and hornets I must avoid.
They quietly go about their daily business, intent on their own thing, which may or may not conflict with mine, and sometimes we meet.

10. Butterflies. 
Butterflies, like happiness, just come and light on your shoulder. Though I planted a Butterfly Bush, it didn't attract butterflies, but other things have. From time to time (I think it's a migration) butterflies arrive in my garden while I'm doing other things. I can't predict their arrival, and my attempts to summon them didn't work, but still they come! I can't make it happen, but I can count on it happening just the same. Like happiness. When it's least expected it will arrive.

Moon Planting

The Moon's magnetic force pulls all that contains water: the tides of our oceans, the blood and fluids of our bodies, and the vital essences of all plantlife--such influence can be seen quite clearly in the growth of plants
All crops that produce their yield above ground should be planted during the Waxing (New to Full) Moon: the first week is especially good for crops that have their seeds on the outside, such as asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, celery and spinach.
The second week (between the 1st quarter and the Full Moon) is best for crops that produce seeds on the inside, like peppers, tomatoes, peaches,cucumbers and melons.
During the waning Moon (Full to New Moon) plant root crops such as potatoes, peanuts, carrots and onions. *Do not* plant on the day of the New Moon or Full Moon.

Moon Garden

A moon (or evening) garden is a wonderful way to extend the amount of time you can enjoy your landscape. Planning and plotting your moon garden is essential, but also a lot of fun.

First, choose your moon garden location. It should be near your porch, patio, or wherever you enjoy sitting or strolling in your yard. You can work with a small or large area or use containers if you have limited ground space. Fences, walls and trellises are assets for night-blooming vines.

Good plant choices for moon gardens include fragrant night-bloomers and any white or silver plants. Two of my favorites are Four-O'clocks and Moonflower Vines. Four  O'clocks are perfect because they awaken in late afternoon with a profusion of red, yellow, pink, white or variegated flowers that perfume the air with a sweet fragrance - and they grow well in Texas.
Moonflower Vine is a lovely night-bloomer with attractive, heart-shaped leaves and beautiful, large, pure-white blooms that have a delicate, heavenly scent that's at its best at night. If you wait until morning to sniff, most of the fragrance will be gone. Plant seeds along a fence for climbing or just allow the vine to travel along the ground.
Other night-scented plants include Evening Primroses, Sweet-Scented

Nicotiana, and "Royal Standard" and "So Sweet" Hostas. Tender fragrant bloomers include Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansia) and Allamanda vine.

White or silver plants catch the glow from the moon or outside lighting and lend a mellow, peaceful mood to the moon garden. Try planting white varieties of iris, lilies, zinnias, or daisies along with silver-leafed plants like Artemisias, Dusty Miller, Lamb's Ear, or Japanese Silver Grass for a pleasing effect.
Then spend a few minutes relaxing in your moon garden before bedtime and have pleasant dreams.

Weed the Garden Ritual
Time to weed the garden? With the Moon waning, you can weed and do magick at the same time. Start by thinking about what you want to get rid of in your life, and perhaps in the world. Then, go into your garden, equipped to weed with knee pads, hoe, fork, and the like. As you pull each weed, name it.

Say:
I remove hate,
I remove poverty.
I remove my anger at my boss.

And so on. Be creative in your designs. Afterward, be sure to dispose of the weeds carefully. Either bag them and put them into the garbage immediately, knowing they are going away, or if you compost, ask the Earth to transform them as they rot.

Grow A Seed Spell

The most basic fertility spell of all may not seem magical to our jaded eyes: grow plants from seed. What might be considered a child's kindergarten project can actually be an act of power, fraught with mystery and magic.

Do not transfer mature plants or cuttings, it is crucial that you sprout the seeds and nurture the plants. This may be done directly on earth, or in pots within your home.

The choice of plants is entirely up to you; however, plants that are metaphysically associated with fertility will increase the power of the spell. Furthermore, time spent in the presence of plants radiant with fertility power can only be beneficial.
Grow plants that can assist you in the quest for conception or plants that will serve as herbal remedies. By doing this, you set up a symbiotic relationship, a true alliance, each of you depends on the other. Talk to the plant, tell it what you need it to perform for you.

Herbal remedies grown in this manner will be more potent than anything you can purchase. Faithfully keep a gardening diary. Eventually within its pages you may discover parallels and clues to your own condition.

Grape Vine Lore

Each month of the Celtic Lunar calendar bears the name of a tree. The 10th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Sept 2 - Sept 29) - is the month of the Vine.

Latin name: Grape - vitis
Celtic name: Muin (pronounced: muhn).
Folk or Common names: Grape (when dried: Raisin).
Parts Used: Berries, wood, leaves, juice, seeds.

The GrapeVine is a very ancient plant which can grow to be as long as 115 feet. Its name is derived from viere, which means "to twist" and it has been recorded to have lived for as long as 600 years. This climbing shrub, with its simple leaves and greenish flowers, was once found in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but is most commonly seen today in cultivation, with an industry and agricultural discipline devoted solely to the care of the Vine and production of its wine. The wild GrapeVine has unisexual flowers on separate plants which must be pollinated by insects. Only the female plant produces fruit which, when ripened and dried, is commonly referred to as the Raisin. Grape sugar is chemically different from other sugars since it enters the circulatory system without any action of the saliva. The seeds and leaves of the Vine have been used for astringent purposes and were once employed to cure dysentery in Cattle.

Herbal usage:
The leaves from some varieties of Grape can be used to make teas for treating diarrhea, hepititas, and upset tummies. Grape leaves can also be used externally for poultices to treat rheumatism, headaches and fevers. The fruit from most viney plants can be eaten and can be juiced for drinking. The juices can also be fermented into various wines and alcoholic beverages.

Magical History and Associations:
Grapes are an herb of Jupiter and the Moon, and are associated with positive ego strength. Birds associated with the month of the Vine are the Tit-mouse and the white swan; the animal is the snake; the color is variegated; and the gemstone is amethyst. An annual Grape Vine Festival called the Vinalia Rostica was held by the Greeks and the Romans - this was a festival of thanksgiving for the first of the grape harvest and was dedicated to God Dionysos / Bacchus and to the Goddess Venus of the Grape Vine; and also to Minerva. It was celebrated by offering the first fruits of the grape harvest and prayers for sustenance for all. The Grape Vine is also sacred to the deities Osiris, Hathor, and Demeter - and its five-pointed leaves are sacred to the Goddess in general. Other specific deities associated with the Vine are Rhea, Oenone, Aphrodite, Branwen, Guinevere and Etain. The wood of Vines is one of the nine traditional firewoods to be added to the Belfire that is burned at Beltane - as the tree of tree of joy (its juice is capable of altering consciousness), Vine is added to the fire as a celebration of joy.

Magickal usage:
Vines in general are symbols of both joy and wrath. This month marks the vintage season when the Grape crop is harvested and so is a good time to do any and all rituals associated with the harvest - in fact, the Autumn Equinox (called Harvest Home or Mabon) is celebrated during this month. The month of Vine is also a good time to do magick associated with inspiration, imagination, poetry and imagery. The Grape has applications in magick done for Faerie work, garden magick, joy, exhilaration, wrath, mental powers, rebirth, happiness, fertility, inspiration, prosperity, and binding. The leaves and fruit from Vines can be used in spells to overcome inferiority complexes and to enhance ambition. The Grape Vine also symbolizes resurrection because its strength is preserved in the wine, that magical elixir that's known for its ability to dissolve the boundaries between us, allow us to mingle more easily, and relax with others. Grapes and Grape wine are often used to symbolize vitality, since tonic healing has always been related to the vine.

Here is a recipe for Vine Moon Tea (good for use in Earth magic, sex magic, overcoming difficulties):

You Will Need:
1 part blackberry
1 part dandelion
splash of currant wine or Grape juice
pinch of hibiscus

Procedure:
Grapes can be used in many types of prosperity or money attraction spells. They can be eaten as part of prosperity spellwork if the person casting the spell visualizes money energy vibrating as the grapes are eaten. You can also place grapes on the altar during money spells. Pictures of Grapes or grape Vines can be painted onto garden walls to ensure the garden's fertility, as was done in ancient Rome. Eating grapes or raisins is said to increase fertility, as well as strengthen mental powers. Grape leaves can be dried and carried in a small pouch or bag to act as evil-repellent.

Magic Guardians

For Protection Of The Home

The energy behind the scenes of a material or physical object is changed by the interaction of people with it.
Mostly this happens unconsciously, but proper magicians change the energy the material object carries deliberately and in order to create a generator of some kind; in this instance, we are talking about a guardian, an energy form which will help protect the home and keep away unwanted spirits and intruders whilst the owner sleeps soundly in their bed.

I always advise the regular practice of psychometry to beginner magicians as a first and most important 101 of understanding how energy magic works; the ability to read the reality of the object beyond what it looks like on the outside is of the essence for many things, not least to keep you from not getting cancer by bringing cursed and haunted objects into your home and life!
So I came across a shop that sold bric-a-brac the other day; things that had been owned by people and passed along until they ended up here, a higglety pigglety collection of random objects creating quite some energetic noise.

Through all of that, I could sense something strong and clear, something very lovely, and very powerful.  I was intrigued and went to look for this magic object amidst the clutter, and found it right away.  It was a very small statue of a little brown and white dog, pictured here sitting on a leaf.  

As is often the case with magical objects, it didn't look particularly impressive, and it wasn't valuable to those who don't know about such things at all, being a mass produced little porcelain figure, probably imported at some point from a factory in the Far East. It is also "flawed" - you can see a dark patch of stray glaze on his front paw.

In amidst all that mass of other objects, this little guardian was being knocked and pushed around. I picked him up and immediately got a sense of his original owner, a lady who had him for many years and who put such a lot of love into this little guardian.

I had a youngster with me and because the energy from the little statue was so clear and strong, I gave it to them to hold and asked them for their impressions. The youngster was surprised to "see a lady dressed in blue" the moment they tuned in. 
The lady must have had a measure of magical talent, and also a talent for loving, because I've rarely found an object quite as pure and delightful as this.

I don't know if he's meant for me, I have a feeling there might one day come someone who will be the perfect match, but that's another thing with these guardians.  They are what they are, and even though someone originally makes them, they have paths of their own - just as this little dog found me to keep it safe as much as it is protecting my house with its presence.

This made me think and wonder about heirlooms, and about how, if people were more familiar and used to making such energy objects, it would be possible for generations upon generations to put more and more energy into such things, and passing them on to each other.

So next time, you are in a flea market or you spot a yard sale or a second hand shop, have a tune into the energy forms there, practice your psychometry and be on the lookout for a guardian.  Make a note of the opposites of guardians, the cursed objects, the ones that bring disharmony and misery into any house they get inadvertently and unknowingly carried into.
Look out for templates too, objects and statues that are as yet nothing special, but that would lend themselves to becoming a guardian for you or for someone you love.

And of course, keep an eye on all the objects in your house. Some might need a little more loving to be all they could be; and never let anything be around you that isn't supportive and a bright spark that makes you happy and does good things for the energy of you, your loved ones and your house.

Roses and Aphrodite

Roses are the flowers sacred to Aphrodite. They are also a very powerful ingredients in love spells. To dream of your future husband, make a tea of wild rose petals. Right before you drink the tea...

Say:
Aphrodite, blessed be, 
grant me visions of my destiny.

The remaining tea can be poured into a bath so that you can absorb the beauty of the Goddess.

To be friends with someone and help him notice you:
make a tea of wild rose petals, mix with honey.

Make forest sip.  

Say: 
I am goddess, (the name of the person), look at me!

Make second sip, say the same, and third sip, say the same.

The remaining tea can be poured into a bath so that you can absorb the beauty
of the Goddess.

Where rose quartz on your chest, and give similar piece of the rose quartz 
to the person you want to attract, if you are confident.

The Language of Flowers - Flowers and Meanings

The language of flowers, sometimes called florigraphy, was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This language was most commonly communicated through Tussie-Mussies, an art which has a following today.   

The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion. Also commonly known meanings are sunflowers, which can indicate either haughtiness or respect  they were the favorite flower of St. Julie Billiart for this reason. Gerbera (daisy) means innocence or purity. The iris, being named for the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, still represents the sending of a message. A pansy signifies thought, a daffodil regard, and a strand of ivy fidelity.
These language correspondences can be used when creating a spell, planting a magickal garden, to set an intention, or to send a message. You may notice some of the flowers (and plants) have meanings that seem incongruent or inconsistent. This is because language tends to change over time. Also, you may find that magickal correspondences to some of these flowers are in direct conflict - that is because the meanings were not derived from magickal sources. When in doubt, go with the meaning that resonates with your personal experience, and be clear with your intention. Pictures may be substituted for the actual flower or plant.

Table by Ara
Acacia Secret love
Acanthus Art
Aconite Misanthropy
Acorn Nordic Symbol of Life and immortality
African Marigold Vulgar minds
Agrimony Thankfulness
Allspice Compassion
Aloe Grief
Almond (Common) Stupidity. Indiscretion.
Almond (Tree) Giddiness; Heedlessness Stupidity, Thoughtlessness
Alyssum (Sweet) Worth beyond beauty.
Amaranth (Globe) Immortal love
Amaryllis Pride; Pastoral Poetry
Ambrosia Your Love is Reciprocated
Anemone Forsaken, sickness, unfading love
Apple Blossom Preference, Fame speaks him great and good.
Apple (Thorn) Deceitful charms.
Apricot Flower Doubt, distrust
Arborvitae Everlasting friendship
Arbutus You're the only one I love
Arum Ardor
Asparagus Fascination
Aspen Tree Sighing, Lamentation
Asphodel My regrets follow you to the grave
Aster Symbol of love, daintiness, talisman of love
Aster (China) Fidelity, variety, I will think of you
Autumn Leaves Melancholy
Azalea Take Care, Temperance, Fragile, Passion, Womanhood
Baby's Breath Innocence, Pure of heart
Bachelor Button Single blessedness, Celibacy
Balm Social intercourse or sympathy
Ardent love Ardent love
Balsamine Impatience
Bay (Leaf) I change but in dying. No change till death.
Bay (Wreath) Bay (Wreath)
Begonia Beware, a fanciful nature
Belladonna Silence
Bellflower Thinking of you
Bells of Ireland Luck
Bird's-foot Trefoil Revenge
Bittersweet Truth
Bluebell Humility
Bouquet of withered flowers Bouquet of withered flowers - Rejected Love
Box Constancy
Branch of Currants You please all.
Broom Humility
Bumblebee Orchid Industry
Buttercup Riches, You are radiant with charms. I am dazzled by your charms.
Butterfly Weed Let me go.
Cabbage Profit
Cactus Endurance
Camellia (Japonica) Unpretending excellence
Camellia (General) Admiration; Perfection; Good Luck, Gift to a Man
Camellia (Pink) Longing for You
Camellia (Red) You're a Flame in My Heart
Camellia (White) You're Adorable
Energy in adversity. Energy in action. Energy in adversity. Energy in action.
Campanula Gratitude
Candy Tuft Indifference
Canterbury Bells Gratitude
Carnation (General) Fascination; distinction; love
Carnation (Green) secret symbol of the followers of Oscar Wilde
Carnation (Mauve) Dreams of fantasy
Carnation (Pink) I'll never forget you, Always on my mind, woman's love
Carnation (Purple) Capriciousness, Whimsical, Changeable, Unreliability
Carnation (Red) My heart aches for you, Alas! For my poor heart, Deep romantic love, Passion
Carnation (Solid color) Yes, Affirmative
Carnation (Striped) No, Sorry I can't be with you, refusal
Carnation (White) Sweet and lovely, innocence, pure love, faithfulness
Carnation (Yellow) You have disappointed me, rejection, disdain
Cattail Peace; Prosperity
Cedar Think of me. I live for thee. Strength
Celandine Joys to come
Cherry Blossom A good education, Transience of life (in Japan), Feminine beauty
Chestnut Do me justice
China Aster Love of variety
Christmas Rose Relieve my anxiety.
Chrysanthemum (Red) I love
Chrysanthemum (Yellow) Slighted love
Columbine (General) Desertion, Folly
Columbine (Purple) Resolved to win.
Columbine (Red) Anxious and trembling. Great anxiety
Coreopsis Always cheerful, Love at first sight.
Cowslip Winning grace, Divine beauty. You are my divinity.
Clover (Red) Industry
Clover (White) I promise
Coriander Lust
Crocus Cheerfulness, Abuse not
Currants You please me. Thy frown will kill me.
Cyclamen Resignation and Good-bye
Daffodil Uncertainty, Chivalry, Respect or Unrequited love
Dahlia Elegance and Dignity
Daisy (General) Innocence, Loyal love, Purity, Faith, Cheer, Simplicity
Daisy (Garden) I share your feelings
Daisy (Wild) I will think of it
Daisy (Red) Beauty unknown to possessor
Daisy (White) Innocence
Dandelion Coquetry, Faithfulness; Happiness, Rustic Oracle
Datura Deceitful Charms
Dead Leaves Sadness, Pure love that is not forgotten, If you're not older and wiser
Dog's Bane Deceit, Falsehood
Dianthus Make Haste
Dragon's Wort Horror, Astonishment
Eglantine (Sweet Briar Rose) A wound to heal
Elderflower Compassion
Elecampane Tears
Elm Dignity and Grace
Enchanter's Nightshade Witchcraft, sorcery
Evening Primrose Inconstancy
Evergreen Poverty and Worth
Evergreen Thorn Solace in adversity
Everlasting (Graphalium) I think of thee. Always remembered.
Everlasting Pea Wilt thou go with me? Lasting pleasure. Go not away
Fennel Strength
Fern Magic; Fascination; Confidence and Shelter
Fern (Maidenhair) Secret Bond of Love
Fig (Fruit) Argument Longevity, long-lived
Fig (Tree) Prolific
Filbert Reconciliation
Fir Time
Flax I feel your kindness. I feel your benefits. Fate.
Fleur-de-lis Flame. I burn.
Flowering Fern Reverie
Flytrap Deceit Artifice
Forget-me-not True love
Forsythia Anticipation
Fox Glove I am ambitious only for you. Insincerity; Occupation. A wish
French Honeysuckle Rustic beauty.
French Marigold Jealousy
French Willow Bravery and humanity.
Fritilaria (Guinea-hen Flower) Persecution
Fuchsia Humble love. The ambition of my love thus plagues itself. Taste; Frugality.
Fuchsia (Scarlet) Taste
Garden Anemone Garden Anemone - Forsaken
Garden Chervil Garden Chervil - Sincerity
Garden Daisy Garden Daisy - I partake your sentiments.
Garden Marigold Garden Marigold - (Among the ancients it was sacred to Venus.) Sacred affection, Uneasiness
Garden Sage Garden Sage - Esteem
Gardenia Gardenia - You're Lovely: Secret Love, Transport, ecstasy
Garlic Garlic - Courage; Strength
Geranium Geranium - Stupidity; Folly
Geranium (Apple) Present preference, Facility
Geranium (Dark) Melancholy
Geranium (Ivy) Your hand for next dance. Bridal favour.
Geranium (Lemon) Unexpected meeting.
Geranium (Nutmeg) I expect a meeting. Expected meeting.
Geranium (Oak) Lady, deign to smile. A melancholy mind.
Geranium (Oak-leaf) True friendship.
Geranium (Pencilled) Ingenuity
Geranium (Rose) Preference, I prefer you.
Geranium (Scarlet) Silliness Comforting. Stupidity.
Geranium (Silver-leaf) Recall
Geranium (Wild) Steadfast piety.
Gladiolus Give Me a Break. I'm Really Sincere; Flower of the Gladiators
Gloxinia Love at First Sight
Golden Rod Encouragement, Precaution
Gooseberry Anticipation
Gorse Love in all seasons
Gourd Extend, Bulk. Bulkiness
Grape Charity, Intemperance
Grape (Vine) Intemperance
Grass Submission
Greek Valerian Rupture
Guelder Rose (Snowball-tree) Winter. Age. Good news
Gum Cistus I shall die to-morrow
Hand Flower Tree Warning
Harebell Grief. Submission. Retirement
Hawthorn Hope
Hazel Reconciliation
Heath Solitude
Heather (Lavender) Admiration; Solitude
Heather (White) Protection; Wishes will Come True
Heliotrope Devotion, I adore you;
Hellebore Calumny, scandal
Hemlock You will be my death.
Hibiscus Rare beauty, delicate beauty
Holly Defense; Domestic Happiness
Hollyhock (General) Ambition Fruitfulness Fecundity;
Hollyhock (White) Female ambition
Honesty (Lunaria) Sincerity Honesty. Fascination.
Honeysuckle (General) Spirit vision, The bond of love. Fidelity, Generous and devoted affection.
Honeysuckle (Coral) The color of my fate.
Honeysuckle (French) Rustic beauty.
Honeysuckle (Sent Monthly) I will not answer hastily. Domestic happiness
Honeysuckle (Wild) Devoted love
Houseleek Domestic economy
Horse-Chestnut Luxury
Hyacinth (General) Games and Sports; Rashness: Flower Dedicated to Apollo
Hyacinth (Blue) Constancy
Hyacinth (Purple) I Am Sorry; Please Forgive Me: Sorrow
Hyacinth (Red or Pink) Play
Hyacinth (White) Loveliness; I'll Pray for You
Hyacinth (Yellow) Jealousy
Hydrangea Thank You for Understanding; Frigidness, Vain-glory; Heartlessness. A boaster.
Hyssop Cleanliness
Iceland Moss Health
Ice Plant Your looks freeze me.
Iris (Fleur-de-Lis) Your Friendship Means So Much to Me; Faith; Hope; Wisdom and Valour; My Compliments
Indian Cress (Nasturtium) Resignation, Warlike trophy.
Indian Plum Privation
Iris (Common Garden) A message for thee.
Iris (German and Yellow) Flame
Ivy (Leaf ) Friendship
Ivy (Sprig of, with tendrils) Anxious to Please; Affection,
Ivy (Vine) Marriage
Ivy (General) Dependence, Wedded Love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection
Jacob's Ladder Come down.
Japan Rose Beauty is your only attraction.
Jasmine (Cape) Transport of joy. Transient joy
Jasmine (Carolina) Separation
Jasmine (Indian) I attach myself to you.
Jasmine (Spanish) Sensuality
Jasmine (White) Amiability
Jasmine (Yellow) Grace and elegance.
Jonquil Return my affection, Desire; Affection returned.
Judas-Tree Betrayed Unbelief.
Juniper Perfect loveliness Succour. Protection.
Laburnum Pensive beauty. Forsaken.
Lady's Slipper Win me and wear me. Capricious beauty
Lantana Rigor
Larch Boldness Audacity.
Larkspur (General) Fickleness Lightness. Levity. hilarity
Larkspur (Pink) Lightness; Fickleness
Larkspur (Purple) Haughtiness
Laurel (American) Words, though sweet, may deceive.
Laurel (Common, in flower) Perfidy
Laurel (Ground) Perseverance
Laurel (Mountain) Glory; Victory; Ambition of a hero.
Laurel-leaved Magnolia Dignity
Laurestine A token, I die if neglected
Lavatera Sweet disposition.
Lavender Devotion, distrust
Lemon Zest
Lemon Blossom Discretion Prudence; Fidelity in love.
Lettuce Cold-hearted
Lichen Solitude, Dejection.
Licorice (Wild) I declare against you.
Lilac (Field) Humility
Lilac (Purple) First emotion of love
Lilac (White) Youth, Youthful Innocence. Candor, memories,
Lily (General) Purity; modesty
Lily (Day) Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mothers
Lily (Calla) Beauty
Lily (Eucharis) Maidenly Charms
Lily (Imperial) Majesty
Lily (Tiger) Wealth; Pride
Lily (White) Sweetness. Purity, Virginity; Majesty; It's Heavenly to Be with You
Lily (Scarlet) High-bred, high-souled aspirations
Lily (Yellow) I'm Walking on Air; Gaiety. Falsehood
Lily (Orange) Desire, passion, Hatred
Lily (Water) Eloquence
Lily of the Valley Return of happiness; Trustworthy; Sweetness; Tears of the Virgin Mary; Humility; You've Made My Life Complete
Linden (Tree) Conjugal love, Marriage
Linden (Leaf) Matrimony, marriage
Linden (Sprig) Conjugal love
Lime (Blossom) Fornication
Lime (Tree) Marriage. Conjugal love
Live Oak Liberty
Lobelia Malevolence
Locust Tree Elegance Affection beyond the grave
Loosestrife Pretension
Lotus (General) Purity, chastity, eloquence, Forgetful of the past.
Lotus (Flower) Estranged love.
Lotus (Leaf) Recantation
Love in a Mist You puzzle me. Perplexity
Love lies bleeding Love lies bleeding - Hopelessness
Lungwort (Pulmonaria) Thou art my life.
Lupine Dejection, Imagination, Voraciousness.
Magnolia Nobility, Love of nature
Magnolia (Grandiflora) Peerless and proud
Magnolia (Swamp) Perseverance
Maize Riches
Mallow (General) Good and kind. Sweetness Mildness
Mallow (Syrian) Consumed by love,
Mallow (Marsh) Beneficience
Mallow (Venetian) Delicate beauty.
Mandrake Horror, Rarity
Maple Reserve
Marigold (General) Pain and grief, Cruelty, Jealousy, trouble, Sacred affection, Prophetic Prediction
Marigold (African) Vulgar minded
Marigold (French) Jealousy
Marigold (Garden) Grief; Chagrin.
Marigold (Small Cape) Omen, sign
Marjoram Blushes
Marvel of Peru (Four o'clock) Timidity
Mayflower Welcome
Meadow Saffron My best days gone. Growing old
Meadow Sweet Usefulness, Uselessness
Michaelmas Daisy Afterthought
Mignonette Your qualities surpass your charms. Worth and loveliness
Milkweed Hope in misery.
Mimosa Sensitiveness
Mint Suspicion
Mistletoe Obstacles to be overcome. I surmount all difficulties. I surmount everything, Kiss me; Affection
Mock Orange (Syringia) Counterfeit; Uncertainty.
Monkshood Beware; A Deadly Foe is Near
Moonwort Forgetfulness
Moonflower Dreaming of love
Morning Glory Love in vain
Moss Maternal Love; Charity
Moss Rose Voluptious love
Mountain Ash I watch over you. Prudence
Mugwort Good luck; Happiness.
Mulberry (Black) I will not survive you.
Mulberry (White) Wisdom
Mullein Good-nature
Myrrh Gladness, Mirth
Myrtle Love in absence. Love; Hebrew Emblem of Marriage
Narcissus Egotism; Formality; Stay as Sweet as You Are, Self-Love.
Nasturtium Conquest; Victory in Battle, Patriotism
Nettle Cruelty; Slander
Night Blooming Cereus Transient beauty
Nightshade Dark thoughts, Bitter truth; Sorcery.
Nuts Stupidity
Oak (White) Independence
Oak (Tree) Hospitality; Bravery
Oak (Leaves) Bravery and Humanity
Oak (Sprig) Hospitality
Oats The witching soul of music. Music.
Oleander Caution, Beware
Olive Peace
Orange (Tree) Generosity
Orange (Blossoms) Your purity equals your loveliness. Chastity, Bridal festivities. Innocence; Eternal Love; Marriage and Fruitfulness
Orchid Refined beauty, Love; Refinement; Beautiful Lady
Ox-Eye Daisy A token, Patience
Palm Leaves Victory and Success
Pansy (General) You occupy my thoughts. Think of me. Thoughts
Pansy (Purple) You occupy my thoughts. Heart's-ease
Pansy (Yellow) Think of me, thought
Parsley Entertainment Festivity; Banquet. lasting pleasures
Pasque Flower Unpretentious You have no claims.
Passion Flower Religious fervor, Devotion;
Pea An appointed meeting.
Pea (Sweet) Departure
Peach Your qualities, like your charms, are unequalled.
Peach Blossom I am your captive. My heart is thine. Long-life, generosity, and bridal hope
Pear Affection
Pear Tree Affection Comfort
Pear Blossom Lasting friendship
Pennyroyal Flee away.
Peony Shame, bashfulness Prosperity, Honor, Masculinity, Bravery, Gay Life; Happy Marriage
Peppermint Warmth of feeling. Cordiality, affability
Periwinkle (White) Pleasures of memory. Pleasant recollections, Sweet memories
Periwinkle (Blue) Early friendship Early attachment
Persimmon Bury me amid nature's beauties.
Petunia Resentment; Anger; Your Presence Soothes me
Phlox Our souls united. Our hearts are united. Unanimity
Pimpernel Change Rendezvous; Assignation.
Pine (General) Time Endurance; Daring. Pity
Pine (Tree) Courage, daring
Pine (Black) Pity
Pine (Pitch pine blossom) Philosophy Time and faith
Pine (Spruce) Farewell, Hope in adversity
Pine Apple You are perfect.
Plum (Blossom) Beauty and longevity
Plum (Tree) Keep your promises. Genius
Plum (Indian) Privation, suffering
Plum (Wild) Independence
Pomegranate (Fruit) Foolishness Conceit
Pomegranate (Flower) Elegance, Mature elegance.
Poppy (General) Eternal sleep, oblivion, imagination
Poppy (Red) Pleasure
Poppy (White) Consolation, Dreams, Modern, Peace, Sleep of the heart. Oblivion. My bane. My antidote.
Poppy (Yellow) Wealth, success
Prickly Pear Satire
Primrose Eternal love, I Can't Live Without You, Early youth, Modest worth; Silent love.
Primose (Evening) Inconstancy
Privet Mildness, Prohibition
Quaking-Grass Agitation
Queen of the Meadow Uselessness
Queen's Rocket You are the queen of coquettes. Fashion.
Quince Temptation
Ranunculus (Garden) Radiant with charms. You are rich in attractions.I am dazzled by your charms
Ranunculus (Wild) Ingratitude
Raspberry Remorse
Rhododendron Agitation Danger. Beware.
Rhubarb Advice
Rose (General) Beauty Love
Rose (Austrian) Thou art all that is lovely. Very lovely
Rose (Black) Death, hatred, farewell, rejuvenation or rebirth
Rose (Blue) Mystery, attaining the impossible, love at first sight
Rose (Bridal) Happy love
Rose (Burgundy) Unconscious beauty
Rose (Cabbage) Love's ambassador, Ambassador of love
Rose (Campion) Only deserve my love.
Rose (Carolina) Love is dangerous.
Rose (China) Grace Beauty always new.
Rose (Christmas) Tranquilize my anxiety.
Rose (Cinnamon) Without pretension.
Rose (Coral or Orange) Desire, passion
Rose (Daily) That smile I would aspire to. Thy smile I aspire to.
Rose (Damask) Freshness Brilliant complexion.
Rose (Deep Red) Bashful shame.
Rose (Dog) Pleasure and pain
Rose (Full-blown) You are beautiful.
Rose (Full-blown, placed over two Buds) Secrecy
Rose (Garland or wreath of) Reward of virtue
Rose (Guelder) Winter. Age.
Rose (Hundred Leaf) Pride The graces.
Rose (Japan) Beauty is your only attraction.
Rose (Lavender or violet) Love at first sight
Rose (Leaf) I never trouble.
Rose (Maiden's Blush) If you do love me you will find me out.
Rose (Moss) Superior merit; Voluptuousness.
Rose (Multiflora) Grace
Rose (Mundi) Variety
Rose (Musk) Capricious beauty.
Rose (Musk-cluster) Charming
Rose (Pink) Grace
Rose (Pink, dark ) Gratitude
Rose (Pink, light) Desire, passion, joy of life, youth, energy
Rose (Pompon) Gentility
Rose (Red) I love you.
Rose (Red Rosebud) Confession of love. Young girl
Rose (Red and yellow together) Joy, happiness and excitement
Rose (Single) Simplicity
Rose (Sweetbriar) Sympathy
Rose (Tea) Always lovely
Rose (Thornless) Early attachment
Rose (Unique) Call me not beautiful.
Rose (White) I am worthy of you. Silence I am worthy of you. Eternal love, Silence or Innocence, Wistfulness, Virtue, Purity, Secrecy, Reverence and Humility
Rose (White, withered) Transient impression
Rose (White and Red together) Unity
Rose (Wild) Simplicity
Rose (Yellow) Decrease of love Infidelity; Jealousy. Friendship or apology, A broken heart, Intense emotion, Dying love, Extreme betrayal
Rose (York) Agreement; War, warfare
Rose (York and Lancaster) War
Rosemary Remembrance;Your presence revives me.
Rue Regret
Saffron (Saffron Flower) Do not abuse. Excess is dangerous.
Saffron (Crocus) Do not abuse me. Mirth
Saffron (Meadow) My best days are past. My happiest days are past.
Sage Esteem Domestic Virtue;
Saint John's Wort (Hypericum) Superstition Animosity, You are a prophet
Sensitive Plant Sensitivity
Shamrock Light heartedness
Shepherd's Purse I offer you my all.
Snapdragon Presumption, No, never; Deception; Gracious Lady
Snowball Thoughts of heaven. Goodness
Snowdrop Consolation or hope
Spearmint Warm feelings Warmth of sentiment.
Star of Bethlehem Hope
Stock Bonds of Affection; Promptness; You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me
Straw United, Agreement
Straw (Broken) Quarrel, Rupture of a contract.
Sunflower Pure and lofty thoughts
Sweet Basil Good wishes.
Sweetbrier Simplicity
Sweet Flag Fitness
Sweet Pea Good-bye; Departure; Blissful Pleasure; Thank You for a Lovely Time
Sweet William Artifice Gallantry; Finesse; Dexterity. Will you smile?
Sycamore Curiosity
Tamarisk Crime
Tansy I declare war against you.
Teasel Misanthropy
Tendrils of Climbing Plants Ties
Thistle (Common) Austerity Sternness Nobility
Thistle (Fuller's) Misanthropy
Thistle (Scotch) Retaliation
Thorn-apple Disguise, Deceitful charms
Thorns (General) Severity
Thorn (Black) Difficulty
Thorn (Branch of) Severity
Thyme Thriftiness, Activity
Trumpet Flower Separation Fame
Tuberose Dangerous pleasures, Voluptuousness; Sweet voice.
Tulip-tree Fame, Rural happiness
Tulip (General) Perfect Lover; Fame; Flower Emblem of Holland
Tulip (Red) Declaration of love. Believe Me;
Tulip (Variegated) Beautiful eyes
Tulip (Yellow) Hopeless love, There's Sunshine in Your Smile
Turnip Charity
Valerian (General) Accommodating disposition, Facility
Valerian (Greek) Rupture
Valerian (Red) Readiness
Venus's Flytrap Caught at last.
Verbena (General) Sensibility, Sensitiveness.
Verbena (Pink) Family union
Verbena (Purple) I weep for you; Regret.
Verbena (White) Pray for me.
Vervain Enchantment
Vine Drunkenness Intoxicating Intoxication
Violet (Sweet) Modesty
Violet (Blue) Faithfulness Love, Modesty, modest love
Violet (Purple) You occupy my thoughts
Violet (White) Modesty,Purity; Candor; Innocence
Violet (Yellow) Modest worth, Rural happiness.
Viscaria Invitation to dance
Wall Flower Fidelity in misfortune. Faithfulness in adversity
Walnut Stratagem, Intellect.
Water Lily Purity of heart.
Wheat Prosperity, Wealth, Riches.
Willow (Creeping) Forsaken
Willow (Creeping) Love forsaken.
Willow (French) Bravery and humanity.
Willow (Herb) Pretension
Willow (Water) Freedom
Willow (Weeping) Mourning, Melancholy, Forsaken
Windflower Desertion, forsaken
Winged seeds (any kind) Messengers
Witch-hazel A magic spell, A spell. A spell is on me
Wormwood Absence
Zephyr Flower Expectation
Zinnia (General) I mourn your absence. Thoughts of absent friends.
Zinnia (Mixed) Thinking (or in Memory) of an Absent Friend
Zinnia (Magenta) Lasting Affection
Zinnia (Scarlet) Constancy
Zinnia (White) Goodness
Zinnia (Yellow) Daily Remembrance
Growing And Harvesting Rose Hips Roses can do more than grace our landscapes and floral designs. Like its cousins the apple, pear, peach and cherry, roses produce a fruit. Rose Hips are a valuable source of vitamin C, containing as much as 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. They are also an excellent antioxidant. Growing Roses for Hips: When growing roses for hips, you'll want to select a variety that produces a reasonably large fruit that is high in vitamin C. Look for disease and insect resistant roses that won't require the use of chemical sprays. Rugosas are an excellent choice for quality hips, and they are also a beautiful addition to the landscape, whether used as a dense hedge or a specimen plant. The flowers have a delightful fragrance and you'll be tempted to cut armloads to bring indoors, but try to resist the temptation. Remember, the more flowers you cut, the fewer hips you will have. Harvesting and Preparing Rose Hips: Rose hips ripen after they are touched by the first fall frost. The color of rose hips varies, but in general, orange hips are not quite ripe, and deep red hips are overripe. Overripe hips are sweet, but have lost much of their vitamin C. Rose hips will have the most nutritional value when used immediately after harvesting. To prepare rose hips for tea, cut off the bloom stem, cut the hip in half, and scrape out the seeds and hairy pith. This can be very tedious with tiny hips, so you may want to save the smallest hips for jellies. Rose hips used for jellies don't need to be seeded or scraped. A half and half mixture of rose hip juice and apple juice makes a tasty jelly. Rose Hip Marmalade: Use a glass or enamel pan for this recipe. Clean rose hips as described above for tea, and soak in cold water for two hours. Simmer in water for two hours. Strain and reserve liquid for jellies or other recipes. Measure the mash, and add 1 cup of brown sugar for each cup of mash. Boil down to a thick consistency. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.
Helpful Hints for Gardens Neutralize garden lime. Rinse your hands liberally with vinegar after working with garden lime to avoid rough and flaking skin. Power up the propane. Soak new propane lantern wicks in vinegar for several hours. Let dry before using. Will burn longer and brighter. Increase soil acidity. In hard water areas, add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of tap water for watering acid loving plants like rhododendrons, gardenias, or azaleas. The vinegar will release iron in the soil for the plants to use. Deter ants. Spray vinegar around door and window frames, under appliances, and along other known ant trails. Kill weeds. Spray full strength vinegar on tops of weeds. Reapply on any new growth until the plants have starved. Kill grass on walks and driveways. Pour full strength vinegar on unwanted grass. Remember to harm none!!!! Click for the Site Index