New Year brings with it the feeling of fresh starts and an enthusiasm to try new things with revitalised energy. It is a time to put to bed the year behind us, its lessons learned and troubles, and to begin thinking about what it is we see in our future: to plant the seeds of our future if you like.
The idea of Feng Shui in its essence is that everything is made up of energy, and that our home therefore is a space made up of energy fields that have either a positive or negative influence. Ideally beginning the New Year would first include a thorough cleanse and de-clutter, and a ‘space clear’ in terms of energy. To have ‘Good Feng Shui’ in your home also means having a home with a sense of beauty so this means getting your home to a stage where you are proud, keeping it clean, clear and organised and decorating with items that your adore or remind you of those whom you love.
Didn’t find any new connections came into your life over the passed year in terms of love matches or friendships? No new opportunities presented themselves to you? Looking for a new job or yearn for an exciting adventure to somewhere exotic? Want to shed those unwanted kilos but just can’t seem to stay on track with your diet? Some believe that Feng Shui may well be your answer. The Ancient Chinese philosophy aims to create a harmonious environment for everyone by using symbols (or cures), as well as shapes or colours, and also looks at the placement of furniture to better influence the energy within a space.
Fresh flowers are often used in Feng Shui but equally as important as cut flowers are indoor house plants. Aside from making the space more attractive, did you know that houseplants improve the quality of air in your home? Here, we have included three house plants that are sure to make your home feel fresh, abundant and bring happiness and (hopefully) prosperity.
Whilst the name suggests that this is a bamboo plant, technically, this attractive lush green plant is from the dracena family and is not related to bamboo at all. Lucky bamboo in a Feng Shui sense, is used to represent bamboo instead. Bamboo grows abundantly in Asia, is upright and straight (desirable personality traits) and is hollow, thus represents having a hollow humble heart.
It is often recommended that 2 stems are placed in a vase in the relationship zone of your bedroom to symbolise a harmonious union with your current partner.
Lucky bamboo is super easy to care for, and thrives in vases of clean water, in soil or in rocks. In keeping with positive Feng Shui, it is ideal to choose straight pieces rather than the curly ones that are available, which instead represent a spiraling downward energy. Yikes!
Orchids are an attractive flowering plant that comes in many varieties and a kaleidoscope of colours. They flower throughout the whole year (depending on the variety) and are an economical way of adding colour and vibracy to your home. More than that, Orchids release oxygen at night, so help you get a better nights rest.
From a Feng Shui perspective orchids are used to attract a new partner, so they are best placed in the relationship zone of your bedroom (far back right corner). By positioning an orchid there, it is believed you will attract an honorable, honest partner. Florist with Flowers sources a variety of orchids throughout the year from local growers. To see what is available now, check out our plant range.
Crassula Jade Plant:
The Coral Jade (or Crassula Jade) plant is often referred to as the Money Tree. It is widely used in Feng Shui in China and more recently in the western world to encourage wealth and prosperity. The energy of the money plant comes from its well-rooted, vibrant energy seen through new growth. These plants are incredibly easy to look after and can flourish even indoors in artificial light for long periods of time.
These make great gifts for new shop openings or a house warming. Know someone who is on the move or starting a new business venture this year? Check out our range.
Generally speaking in Feng Shui, plants with soft, rounded leaves are preferred as it is believed they offer a softer more gentle energy. That is not to say that if you have plants with spiky sharp leaves or needles you need to give them away, just bear this in mind when choosing new additions to your home.
A word of warning: whilst living plants and fresh flowers bring good Feng Shui, by contrast, vases of dead flowers, or dead plants have the opposite effect. If your plants are not doing well, do your best to remedy this. Too often plants are killed with kindness and are over watered. The best way to avoid this is to simply place one finger down into the soil bed and feel the consistency. If it is damp or moist, leave it for a couple more days.
So, whilst you sit, glass in hand, jotting down your new years’s resolutions tonight and contemplate the year ahead, spare a thought for your withering plant on the kitchen windowsill and the vase full of flowers on the table left over from Christmas lunch. For good luck and prosperity for the year ahead, it may be worth, cleaning the vase and watering the pot plant before falling into bed!