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Flowery Asks
  • Apple Blossoms: Do you believe that things will soon improve for you?
  • Azaleas: Are you taking care of yourself?
  • Bachelor Button: Are you single?
  • Buttercup: What are some childlike things that you enjoy?
  • Pink Camellia: Are you currently longing for somebody?
  • Chicory: Are you frugal?
  • Red Daisy: Are you aware of your own good looks?
  • Dog Rose: What is something that hurts you and yet still makes you feel good at the same time?
  • Edelweiss: What was the last brave thing you did?
  • Eupatorium: Does it take you a long time to make a decision?
  • Fern: What is something you find mystical or supernatural?
  • Filbert: Have you recently made amends with someone?
  • Gloxinia: What is the closest thing you've had to "love at first sight?
  • Golden-rod: Are you currently being cautious about something?
  • Heart's Ease: Who currently occupies your thought?
  • Hyacinth: What sports or physical activities do you enjoy?
  • Ipomaca: Do you think you're too attached to somebody?
  • Ivy: What has made your friends dear to you?
  • White Jasmine: Are you a friendly person?
  • Jonquil: If you currently have feelings for somebody, are they returned by them?
  • Kennedia: Do you honestly find intellect attractive, or just admirable, in a person?
  • Larkspur: Are you open-hearted?
  • Lychnis: Are you religious?
  • Milk Vetch: Is there someone whose presence comforts you?
  • Myrtle: Are you well-disciplined?
  • Narcissus: Are you a formal person?
  • Nasturtium: What was the last thing you won at?
  • Olive Branch: What makes you feel at peace?
  • Orchid: What things do you feel get better with age?
  • Parsley: What are some useful things that you know?
  • Pimpernel: Have you recently gone through a large change?
  • Quaking Grass: What is currently bothering you?
  • Reeds: Are you currently listening to music? What was the last thing you listened to?
  • Rosebud: Ideally, how would you like to tell somebody you are romantically interested in them?
  • Sweetpea: Who did you last say goodbye to?
  • Sweet-William: What last made you smile?
  • Thornapple: What person, that you know in real life, did you last dream of?
  • Tulip: Do you, at all, wish to be famous?
  • Venus' Looking Glass: What was the last compliment you received?
  • Viscaria: Who did you last dance with?
  • Woodbine: Do you have siblings?
  • Wormwood: Are you currently feeling discouraged? By what?
  • Yarrow: What was something that really helped you get over a heartbreak?
  • Zephyr Flower: In what ways do you show your love?
  • Zinnia: Which of your friends have you seen the least recently?
Flower Meanings


Acacia — concealed love, beauty in retirement, chaste love
Acanthus — art or artistic; the fine arts; artifice
Achillea Millefolia — war
Aconite (Wolf’s Bane) — misanthropy 
Acorn — nordic symbol of life and immortality
Agapanthus — love letters
Agnus Castus — coldness, indifference
Allspice — compassion
Almond Blossom — hope, lover’s charm 
Aloe — grief
Alstroemeria — devotion, friendship
Alyssum — worth beyond beauty
Ambrosia — your love is reciprocated
Amaryllis — pride, pastoral poetry
Amaranth — fidelity
Amaryllis — pride, timidity, splendid beauty
Anemone — forsaken, unfading love, truth, sincerity, anticipation
Angelica — inspiration
Aniseed — restoration of youth
Apple Blossoms — hope, good fortune, better things to come
Arbor Vitae — true friendship
Arbutus — thee only do i love
Artemisia — dignity
Arbutus — thee only do i love
Asphodel — my regrets follow you to the grave
Aster — symbol of love, daintiness
Azalea — take care of yourself for me, temperance, fragile passion, chinese symbol of womanhood, fragility


Baby’s Breath — everlasting love, pure in love
Bachelor Button — single blessedness, celibacy, hope in love
Basil — best wishes, love, hatred
Bay Leaf — strength, I change but in death
Bear’s Breeches — art or artistic, the fine arts, artifice
Begonia — beware
Betony — surprise
Bellflower —  gratitude
Bells of Ireland — good luck
Bilberry — treachery
Bird of Paradise — magnificence
Bittersweet — truth
Bluebell — humility, constancy
Blue Periwinkle — friendship
Borage — courage, bluntness
Bouquet of Withered Flowers — rejected love
Broom — humility, neatness
Bulrush — indiscretion, docility
Burnet — a merry heart
Buttercup — childishness, cheerfulness


Cactus — endurance
Calendula — joy
Calla Lily — splendid beauty
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
Camomile — energy in adversity
Candytuft — indifference
Carnation (general) — fascination, woman love, bonds of affection, health and energy, carnation (pink) — i’ll never forget you
Carnation (red) — my heart aches for you, admiration
Carnation (purple) — capriciousness, whimsical
Carnation (solid color) —  yes
Carnation (striped) — no, refusal, sorry i can’t be with you, wish i could be with you
Carnation (white) — sweet and lovely, innocence, pure love, woman’s good luck gift
Carnation (yellow) — you have disappointed me, rejection
Cattail — peace, prosperity
Cedar — i live for thee, think of me
Chamomile — patience, attracts wealth 
Chrysanthemum (general) —  you’re a wonderful friend, cheerfulness and rest.
Chrysanthemum (red) — I love you
Chrysanthemum (white) — truth
Chrysanthemum (yellow) — slighted love
Cinnamon — my fortune is yours
Clover (four leaf) — good luck, be mine
Columbine — folly
Corn — riches
Cornflower — delicacy, refinement
Coriander — lust
Cowslip — pensiveness, winning grace
Coxcomb — foppery
Crocus — cheerfulness
Cyclamen — resignation and goodbye


Daffodil — regard, respect, unrequited love, you’re the only one, the sun is always shining when i’m with you
Dahlia — good taste, instability
Daisy — innocence, loyal love, faith, cheer, simplicity
Dandelion — faithfulness, devotion, happiness, wishes come true
Delphinium — airy
Dogwood — durability


Edelweiss — daring, noble courage
Elder — zealousness
Elm — dignity
Eucalyptus — protection


Fennel — worthy of all praise, strength
Fern — magic, fascination, confidence and shelter
Fern (maidenhair) — secret bond of love
Fig — argument
Fir — time
Flax — domestic symbol, fate
Forget—me—not — true love, memories
Forsythia — anticipation, expectation
Foxglove — insincerity
Fuschia (scarlet) — fast


Gardenia — you’re lovely, secret love
Garland of roses — reward of virtue
Garlic —   courage, strength
Geranium (rose) — preference
Geranium (scented) — stupidity, folly, comfort
Gillyflower — bonds of affection
Gladioli — profess sincerity, flower of the gladiators
Gladiolus — love at first sight, ready—armed, strength of character, generosity
Gloxinia — love at first sight
Golden rod — precaution
Guelder rose — winter, age
Grass — surrender


Harebell — submission, grief 
Hawthorn — hope
Hazel — reconciliation
Heather (lavender) — admiration, solitude
Heather (pink) — good luck
Heather (white) — protection, wishes will come true
Helenium — tears
Hemlock — you will be my death
Hibiscus — delicate beauty
Holly — defense, domestic happiness
Honeysuckle (yellow) — bonds of love
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, frigidity, heartlessness


Ice Plant — your looks freeze me
Iris — fleur—de—lis, emblem of france, your friendship means so much to me, warmth of affection, faith, hope, wisdom and valor, my compliments
Ivy — love, fidelity, marriage, friendship


Jasmine — amiability, sensuality, transport of joy, grace and elegance
Jonquil — love me, affection returned, desire, sympathy, desire for affection returned
Judas Tree — unbelief, betrayal


Larkspur (pink) — fickleness
Lavender — devotion, distrust
Leaves (all colours) — melancholy
Lemon — zest
Lemon Balm — brings love
Lemon Blossom — fidelity
Lilac (purple) — first emotions of love
Lilac (white)  youthful innocence, purity, sweetness
Lily (calla) — beauty
Lily (day) — coquetry, chinese emblem for mother
Lily (orange) — hatred
Lily (tiger) — wealth, pride 
Lily (white) — virginity, purity, majesty, it’s heavenly to be with you
Lily (yellow) — i’m walking on air, false and gay
Lily (eucharis) — maiden charms
Lily (tiger) — wealth, pride
Lily of the Valley — sweetness, tears of the virgin mary, return to happiness, humility, you’ve made my life complete
Love—In—A—Mist — perplexity
Love—lies—bleeding — hopeless, not heartless


Magnolia — perserverance, dignity, nobility
Marigold — cruelty, grief, jealousy
Meadowsweet — uselessness
Mimosa — sensitivity
Mint — virtue
Mistletoe — kiss me, affection, to surmount difficulties, sacred plant of india
Monkshood — beware, a deadly foe is near
Morning Glory — affectation
Moss — maternal love, charity
Myrtle — love, remembrance, hebrew emblem of marriage


Narcissus — egotism, formality, stay as sweet as you are, self—esteem
Nasturtium — conquest, victory in battle, patriotism
Nightshade —  truth


Oak Leaves — bravery
Oleander — caution
Orange Blossom — innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness, wisdom
Orange Mock — deceit
Orchid — love, magnificence, rare beauty, refinement, beautiful lady, chinese symbol for many children
Orchid (cattleya) — mature charm


Palm Leaves — victory and success
Pansy (all colours) — thoughts, love and happiness
Parsley — festivities
Peach Blossoms — i am your captive, longevity
Peppermint — warmth of feelings
Peony — bashfulness, shame, indignation, happy life, happy marriage
Periwinkle (blue) — early friendship
Periwinkle (white) — pleasures of memory
Petunia — resentment, anger, your presence soothes me
Phlox — we are united
Pine — hope, pity
Poinsettia — be of good cheer
Polyanthus — pride of riches
Poppy (general) — eternal sleep, oblivion, imagination
Poppy (red) — pleasure, fantastic extravagance
Poppy (white) — sleep, consolation
Poppy (yellow) — wealth, success
Prickly Pear — satire
Primrose — I can’t live without you
Primrose (evening) — inconstancy


Quaking Grass — agitation
Queen Anne’s Lace — fantasy
Quince — temptation


Rose (black) — death
Rose (bridal) — happy love
Rose (dark crimson) — mourning, 
Rose (deep red) — passion, bashful shame
Rose (hibiscus) — delicate beauty
Rose (leaf) — you may hope
Rose (orange) — desire
Rose (pink) — perfect happiness, please believe me, simplicity, grace
Rose (red) — love, I love you
Rose (tea) — I’ll remember always
Rose (thornless) — love at first sight, attachment
Rose (white) — innocence and purity, I am worthy of you, you’re heavenly, secrecy and silence
Rose (white & red mixed) — unity, flower emblem of england
Rose (white—dried) — death is preferable to loss of virtue
Rose (white with ivy) — purity of intentions and promise of fidelity
Rose (withered white) — transient impression
Rose (yellow) — decrease of love, jealousy, try to care
Rosebud — beauty and youth, a heart innocent of love
Rosebud (red) — pure and lovely
Rosebud (white) — girlhood, a heart ignorant of love
Rosebud (moss) — confessions of love
Roses (bouquet of mature blooms) — gratitude
Roses (single full bloom) — I love you, I still love you
Rosemary — remembrance, fidelity


Saffron — beware of excess
Sage — wisdom, long life, domestic virtue
Shamrock — lightheartedness
Smilax — loveliness
Snapdragon — deception, gracious lady
Snowdrop — hope
Spearmint — warmth of sentiment
Spider Flower — elope with me
Stephanotis — happiness in marriage, desire to travel
Stock — bonds of affection, promptness, you’ll always be beautiful to me
Strawberry — perfect goodness
Sunflower — haughtiness
Sweetpea — goodbye, departure, blissful & delicate pleasure, thank you for a lovely time
Sweet William — a smile, gallantry


Tamarisk — crime
Thrift — sympathy
Thyme — strength and courage, activity
Tulip (general) — perfect lover, frame, flower emblem of holland
Tulip (red) — believe me, declaration of love
Tulip (variegated) — beautiful eyes
Tulip (yellow) — there’s sunshine in your smile, hopeless love


Vernal Grass — poor but happy
Violet Tulip — modesty
Violet (blue) — watchfulness, faithfulness, i’ll always be true, modesty
Violet (white) — let’s take a chance


Wallflower — faithfulness
Water lily — purity of heart
Wistaria — I cling to you 
Woodruff — sweet humility


Zinnia (magenta) — lasting affection
Zinnia (mixed) — thinking (or in memory) of an absent friend
Zinnia (scarlet) — constancy
Zinnia (white) — goodness
Zinnia (yellow) — daily remembrance


Re-worked , relocated and ……….relax.

Back tracking slightly ,just before the Norwegian adventure, we de-rigged The Fungi Fairy Ring from Kew Gardens in Richmond in late April.

Three of these clusters were carefully transported and installed in the majestic Wakehurst Place landscape .

The ‘Morel Fungi’ are sited under an enormous Beach tree in Coatswood, high up on the ridge with views to the wild meadows and woodlands below.

The 'Horn of plenty’ in the shadow of a Huge Yew in Westwood Valley.

The 'Boletus edulis’ at the very feet of the colossal Redwoods in Horsebridge woods.

The other images are of some of the 20 plus sculptures previously installed there and other recently commissioned works around the gardens .

These link together a trail of woven plant forms, which seem to nestle in to the landscape here so well.

Its the largest collection of my work to date at a truly wonderful venue, so get down there! …and can I have a lift too please?


Quaking Grass

Penglais Woods, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

A quick evening check of the quarry for some of aberystwyth scaly resisdents produced a male and female Slow Worm Anguis fragilis (2)(3)(4), the best way of telling the difference between males and females is the black markings which run along the flanks of the females, older males can also have small blue spots which helps tell them apart but these features aren’t always present on every animals making it complicated.

A few plants had also started to come into flower, as with anywhere rocky near the coast, Sea Campion Silene maritima (6) could be found growing alongside Common Quaking-Grass Briza media (1) which gently shiver in the breeze. Slightly more colourful were the attractive flowers of Mouse-Ear Hawkweed Pilosella officinarum (7) and the soft red flowers of Sheep’s Sorrel Rumex acetosella (5).