Today’s journal page, my contribution to Artsyville’s Glue It Tuesday challenge, is a little more blossom love.
I’ve mentioned before I’m always on the lookout for delightful fortune-cookie philosophy, and today’s little slip of wisdom is something I whole-heartedly believe: “Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life.” YES!
But it also got me thinking as I was out tending my Jackmanii clematis which is beginning to put out this season’s green climbing shoots. I thought about the literal meaning that each blossom’s outlook (the view they were able to see from) was dependent on their particular placement of the vine intertwined on the trellis. Every blossom with a different world view, and yet I’m willing to bet each on is happy. There you have it – a lesson from the garden and one from a fortune cookie!
I recently ordered a sacred plant medicine reading , a 3-card plant oracle reading, from herbalist Darcey Blue of Shamana Flora. I received it last night. The messages were very helpful, and indeed the plants showed up in a dream last night, so clearly we’re doing some work together. I tucked a copy of the report in the envelope on the journal page.
This being May, and playing along in Lori Moon’s May Flower Challenge, flowers have of course really been on my mind. And it seemed like the perfect time to bump up a couple books on my woefully huge reading pile. Having read them over the last couple days I thought a little blossom bibliography might be fun. So here we go:
–The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Woven through this story is the mostly-forgotten largely-Victorian way of communicating using flowers. But the story is also the tale of a young child who by age of 9 has passed through 30+ foster homes, and the life she unfolds for herself with flowers being an anchoring point. Diffenbaugh includes a little flower dictionary in the back with meanings of a great many flowers.
I thought it would be fun to give my rating as a tussie-mussie – a little nosegay bouquet of flowers and herbs with symbolic meanings. So I rate this book with a bouquet of:
Gladiolus (you pierce my heart); Lisianthus (appreciation); heliotrope (devoted affection)
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Ok, the only flowerish-related thing about this book is the term Wallflower, but that’s good enough for me. And it’s off my reading pile now so I’m celebrating that as well.
A sad-sweet coming of age in the 90s story, done as a series of letters reporting the events. I think it’s a very effective capturing of how hard it is to navigate those adolescent years trying to figure out your place when so many of the road signs are about love and loss. I’m so glad those years are behind me – they were difficult ones!
My tussie-mussie rating: Aloe (grief); cyclamen (timid hope); elder (compassion); hibiscus (delicate beauty).
-Confederate Jasmine and the Fat Tuesday Tree: A Poetic Herbarium by Ann Lewis
This isn’t a new find for me – I read it years ago and return to it periodically because I love it. There’s a kind of layered love here – it’s a lovely book absolutely; but it also awakened in me a delight of seeing in print the kind of book I myself which to create. So it has a special place in my heart.
Lewis, author and artist, creates a beautiful homage to the South she grew up. She collected specimens of the native plants and used them as starting points to weave together stories.
Tussie-mussie rating: Agapanthus (love letter); Angelica (inspiration); White Carnation (sweet and lovely).
-Flower Therapy: Welcome the Angels of Nature into your Life by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves
This little book profiles 88 flowers with their energetic properties, associated Archangels, chakra, a lovely photograph, a healing description and a message from the flower. Although not a deck of oracle cards, it has that kind of feel to it, as you would expect from something with Doreen Virtue’s name on it. I own a lot of flower reference books so this is probably a bit redundant for me, but it is charming and I can imagine it being a good fit for lots of folks.
My tussie-mussie rating: White carnation (sweet and lovely); Petunia (your presence soothes me)
So there you have it, my first tussie-mussie rated books. I may continue on with the tradition with later ratings as I found it amusing. Did you? Have any flower books you’d like to recommend, or not recommend? Have a tussie-mussie story? Do tell, you know I love to hear.