Taking a quick little break to share with you my Solstice Iris that bloomed on Summer Solstice yesterday and to just share a little bit of light on this beautiful day. This is likely my favorite gateway and likely due to Joy’s and Astrid’s connection with it, was feeling a bit nostalgic, especially with preparation for tomorrow’s Reiki workshop, which Joy used to always help out with. Seems she had a little gift for me, as I feel her energy in this Iris.
I had no idea what kind would bloom, or even if any would, but what a gift! As you may recall, Laura sent me Iris bulbs all the way from Michigan, and I planted them when we got this house last Fall. And voila! This one finally bloomed and what an exotic beauty surprise she is! So far, only this and the purple Iris I already shared, from out back, are the ones that bloomed. We have many backyard Iris plants that were surprises from the previous owner, and about five that I planted out front. I will likely get some bulbs again this Fall and plant more of them and the Daffodils all about.
I have had a busy day and week, so I did take a little garden break on this Summer day to get that balance (so key), sunshine, grounding, watering, and intention planting in. I planted some more Lemon Balm, some “Ring of Fire” Sunflowers, and the best yet (because I LOVE the name, as it’s so me!) Wee B Little Pumpkins!! Omgosh, don’t you just want to giggle?! When I saw the name I said I of course HAVE to have those even though I’ve never had pumpkins before. But wee pumpkins?! WEEEEEEEEEE!
Everything’s doing amazing and growing back quickly from my last harvest a few days ago. I have strawberry blossoms happening, broccoli galore, my tomato plants I saved that nobody wanted are doing well, and their tomatoes are growing.
Anyway, yesterday’s Summer Solstice was lovely and as you know I shared two magick offerings of a crystal from Astrid, and a crystal wand from myself. Astrid’s crystal has been spoken for by the sweetest guardian (love that it went on the Solstice), but the wand still is available for the right person it calls to. Always extra goodies will be added too, as you never know what’s up my sleeve! 🙂
We also celebrated the end of the Gratitude Giveaway and I’ve been enjoying seeing the emails pour in today and last night from all of the people who joined – 41 in all, as some last minute people jumped in. A couple of people dropped out due to being too busy, but still shared they had an incredible time while they did it and enjoyed the presence it created in their life that they would like to carry forth, so that makes me happy.
Yesterday also closed out the pre-registration to our “Living a More Magickal Life” workshop with Laura and I. We now only have officially 5 spaces remaining of the 12 total. You can still register until 9/15. I know there are a couple of people intending to do so, so just keep in mind although it’s still 3 months away, we could fill. Everything always works out perfectly and it’s a wonderful group we’ll have for this intimate gathering. We’re excited, as Laura just booked her trip so we’re looking forward to the whole energy of that Equinox and Full Moon week.
And last, I will leave you with the song my sweet bunny, Cosmo, and I share as “our song,” which feels perfect for now and the energy I feel.
Okay, I’m off and back at things. I won’t be back on until Monday when I’ll be sharing the 11 recipients of the Giveaway then. Stay tuned! Have a wonderful sunshiny weekend!
A dusting of miniature, lily white Faery star blossoms blanketed the forest, both diminishing me to their humbling yet rich, Earthly perspective and expanding me to their reflection of the boundless twinkling Cosmos above.
I felt like I was walking among the stars.
Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
My two bunny loves were in need of me and since they are my priority, it was an easy choice to make. I’ll share a separate update on the babies later, but needless to say, being home with them was so valuable in many ways including integration of last week’s powerful energy to prepare me for Sedona’s vortex energy explosion next week. It also drove home decisions I had come to last week, which I’ll also share in an upcoming update too.
So, I have remained off work this week since my time has been very full with the children and I’ve been wanting to give them my full, quality attention, but yesterday I had the opportunity to spend two and a half hours gardening, after appointments with them, which was really nurturing, balancing and grounding for mom after everything.
While visiting Laura we got to share some fun gardening time together and we even got to do a little seed sharing. There were a few things I had wanted to plant still in my Garden Tower that I hadn’t found at the store, and there were some special needs our front yard had that Laura so graciously advised on. In the end, I came home with seven new types of seeds – added to one she already had sent me a while back makes eight. Five for the Garden Tower and three for out front.
So yesterday, after my refreshing lunch break outdoors in the peace of our lovely garden sanctuary, I spent my gardening time cleaning up my Garden Tower, removing any plants that didn’t make it and tidying up the ones that did.
As I enjoyed my yummy lunch, I thought about the joy of soon being able to have my salad fresh from the garden. In the meantime I was just grateful to be enjoying a simple, healthy pleasure – best experienced outdoors. It was an organic kale salad with tomatoes, avocado, spicy wakame ginger kimchi, sweet and spicy chili lime hemp tofu, with ground pepper and shitake sesame dressing with a side of rainbow baby carrots, hummus and gingerberry kombucha. All shared with my flourishing Peppermint plant and two curious kitty babies that were watching mom from their outdoor cat playhouse behind me. 🙂
We had a lot of rain for several days on and off, which I think combined with having just been planted and watered by me may have been a bit too much for a few of them. Out of the over 60 goodies I planted, I only lost 4, which I’d say is pretty darn good for someone who doesn’t know anything about gardening and just does things by intuition – gardening by heart I call it. 😉
Laura had also advised that the type of Sunflowers I had planted from seed (now lovely, thriving sprouts) would probably not be best for the Tower when they got full grown and said I should transplant them. So between the four I lost and the Sunflowers I was removing to replant, I had five slots for new goodies.
And wouldn’t you know it, so synchronously, the amount of types of seeds Laura gave me that could be planted in the Garden Tower were……five!
These include Blue Scotch Kale, Georgia Collards, Arugula, Cilantro, and Elves Blend Sunflower Mix, which is a much shorter plant more suitable for the Tower than my large Heirloom Mammoth Greystripe Snack Seed Sunflowers.
While I removed the plants that didn’t make it, and cleaned up, I found so many beautiful surprises, including my sweet red wiggler worm friends, a lovely little green caterpillar, and one that had cocooned! Yay! That means a butterfly is in the making and this so feels beautifully symbolic of the phase of things in my life right now.
But what I also discovered while caring for my plant friend beauties was that I had fruits and veggies blossoming! My Heirloom Tomatoes and Peppers are all emerging with lovelies and my Strawberry Alpine White Soul and Loran Strawberries are too! So, so exciting!!
Potentially I might lose a few more, but I have plenty of seeds to keep reseeding.
All-in-all, however, I think I’m not doing too shabby for a first timer!
After I completed tidying up my Garden Tower, seeding the new goodies, and watering, I then took my three Sunflower sprouts to the front yard where they should be really happy, as long as they take after the replanting.
I then planted two of the three seeds I had left from Laura out front too, which include Yellow Calendula and Red Malabar Spinach. I planted eight Calendula – 4 in the front of the garage and 4 in the front of the house under the window – and 2 Red Malabar Spinach in the front of garage. The Red Malabar Spinach has red stems, green leaves and pink flowers and is edible. It also is a vine, so potentially it will grow up the trellised slats of the garage. We’ll see!
I then gave everyone lots of water and called it a day.
I have just one more type of seed to plant today – Moonflower! I had to soak them overnight to help germinate first, but will be planting the three seeds I have out front as well. They are nocturnal bloomers that create a huge beautiful white flower that glows all night in the Moonlight – hence the Moonflower name.
I just love some of the names of the plants I have – Elves Blend Sunflower, Cosmic Purple Carrots, Moonflower….lots of magickal fun!
Will keep you posted as things continue to unfold in the Faery garden here.
If I can do it, anyone can!
What do you see when you peer deeply to the core of you?
Some days I just feel like sharing the beauty of life and Mother Earth…all the miracle joys of creation and vitality that are all around us always. I feel that nature is so important to honor, be in harmony with, and to receive guiding wisdom from. It gets us in touch with our own true nature and teaches us the value of creative energy, cycles of life, and life force energy.
I truly believe that time spent in nature or in any way surrounded with all things natural would support balance and well-being in ways inexpressible.
Because my life is about creating beauty and seeing all of life to be natural creations of art, I am constantly in awe (like a little child) of the brilliance around me and see everything as a masterpiece, being and unfolding, before our very eyes.
So today I felt guided to simply share some of the photos (as always, click on each to enlarge for detail) from all of my time in nature over this long weekend so you can enjoy a bit of natural beauty and immerse yourself in smelling the “roses” even if just for the moments you come across this post. Images have a way of touching us in deep ways.
I spent enormous amounts of time Friday through Monday out with nature, feeling the need to take time off from work and explore. I saw many of Mother Earth’s children and came across some magical gifts as well, including a full shedded snake skin and a road runner’s tail feather. They will become part of some sacred shaman ceremonies indeed, to add to my collection 🙂 Some of the magical creatures included seeing a roadrunner (actually not long before the tail feather), a horned toad lizard (wow), a toad, (love amphibians!), a huge pod of like 100 dolphins and then a small pod the next day of 3, and many Monarch butterflies that were gracefully gliding into me at the garden grounds of the Mission we visited.
This all took place while I spent a day in Catalina, did a 5 mile Full Moon hike, a beach walk, an 8 mile day hike, and spent time outdoors in Camarillo on a property full of trees, gardens, koi pond, and tortoise sanctuary. Loved it!
I hope you enjoy these images and quotes of nature and that you come to experience more of the magic that is available to you always.
Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher. ~William Wordsworth
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. ~E.O. Wilson
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir
Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~John Muir
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. ~John Muir
Like John Muir I find myself most at home in the wilderness of life….the great outdoors. A place where timelessness is the blending of horizons between sea and mountain, land and sky, Earth and Cosmos, body and soul.