It’s Spring in Melbourne and the sky blue of just flowering Forget-Me-Not’s greeted me on my walk through the St Kilda Botanic gardens this week. Originating from Northern Europe, the genus Myosotis has about 50 species and is widely distributed across the globe. The plant is known across many countries and languages as ‘Forget-Me-Not’ … […]
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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu Beginning where I ended my last blog with this quote by Lao Tzu there is a flow taking place that is […]
The 13. August of this year marked the 51st anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, a strip of 155 km dividing East Berlin and East Germany from West Berlin. Growing up in the East close to the border to Berlin-Zehlendorf, living near the wall was somewhat normalised by everyday life. At the time, […]
This is a close up of a Mulla Mulla plant that was growing in a pot on my balcony. I was fascinated by the raindrops suspended in the fine hair of the plant containing a mesmerising world of its own. This plant not only looks stunning but you can try its healing powers in a […]
When I just had enough of Melbourne in Winter with the day cast in grey skies, whipped by fierce southerly winds and rain showers I am greeted by masses of soft and bright yellows covering trees and shrubs everywhere in gardens, parks and the country side. Bathing my eyes in the sunny bright yellow colour […]
Chicory, is a common sight along roads and in meadows in the European summer. The German name for the plant ‘Wegwarte’ (Waiting by the way) emphasizes its symbolism in old folk tales of a girl left behind, waiting faithfully but in vain for the return of her lover. With its bitter taste, the plant has […]
On my recent visit to the Botanic Gardens in Potsdam, Germany I had the rare opportunity to witness the flowering of the Queen of the Night Cactus. The insignificant looking cactus produces huge flowers 15 cm in diameter that open once a year during the night only and fade at dusk. Its fragrance reminds of […]
When first coming across flower essences many people expect them to be scented in contrast to essential oils that are heavily imbued with the aroma of the plant they are extracted from. Flower essences are vibrational imprints of flowers or parts of plants in water with a small amount of brandy added for stabilisation. They […]
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