So last week as we rung in the New Year we looked at the positive influence a living plant can have on your living space. This week we turn our attention to fresh cut flowers. Maybe last year wasn’t all that you had hoped it would be. Well, some believe that Feng Shui is the way to encourage what life is lacking and fresh flowers can play a vital role.
Fresh flowers are of course the best way to bring a strong healing energy to your home, but with our ever changing environment and wayward seasons, sourcing certain fresh flowers just isn’t possible all year round. By choosing floral images, fabrics or even high quality silks you can still work within Feng Shui also. It comes as no surprise that the flowers used most widely through Chinese art: Peonies, Lotus, Chrysanthemums, Cherry Blossoms, and Orchids, are also flowers that feature most prominently throughout Feng Shui as the Philosophy originates in China. The Philosophy was originally used to orientate buildings in an auspiscious manner by building or creating in an area with good Qi (ch’i), but is also used a way of harmonising everyone within their environment. When thinking about this in your immediate environment (your home), it is important to think about what it is you want (or need) to encourage to flourish there. Is it health? Love/Romance? Job opportunities or career growth? Spiritual growth?
Here are a brief list of some flowers are their Feng Shui applications:
All of the blossoming fruit trees (Cherry, peach, apple, etc) have been known to have the energy of new beginnings, flourishing before the fruit season and with just a hint of what is yet to come. They bring with it a sense of freshness and innocence, and thus the cherry blossom is often used as a symbol of love and marriage.
Peonies are one of the most sought after flowers for weddings in the Western word and with their awesome appearance and delicious scent, the peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love & romance. This especially applies to pink peonies over any other shade. Peonies are available for such a short season in Australia’s late Spring/Early summer, so this is one case where a picture, or silk arrangement may be required.
The lotus flower symbolises the ultimate perfection as its purity is untouched by its muddy origins. Every part of the lotus is used within Chinese medicine from its roots to petals and for this reason, the lotus is the symbol for a healthy and harmonious home.
In Chinese culture the narcissus flower is believed to encourage one’s career to flourish. It is often used as a feng shui career cure, believed to help one get properly recognised for his/her hard work- Phew! Interestingly the white Narcissus is used more frequently than the yellow in Feng Shui applications.
The orchid is a classic feng shui symbol of fertility. With its natural symmetry, it has also become a symbol for our quest for perfection in any areas of one’s life.
Feeling inspired by all that Mother Nature has provided? Florist with Flowers sources a vast array of seasonal blooms from local, interstate and overseas suppliers giving you a great choice of quality blooms throughout the year. In store now we have fresh: orchids, roses, chryssies, hydrangea, dahlias, bouvardia, lilies and much, much more! Come check out our fresh flower display and our gorgeous indoor plants and start the change you want to see in your life NOW!
Til next time,