As I mentioned last week in Part 1, in Feng Shui we look at the symbolic meaning of flowers, yet I had never heard a specific word to describe this science until the previous week while I was watching a television show. The word was “florology.” I also found another word used to describe the language of flowers, which is “floriography.”
Today I had an opportunity to visit Filoli in Woodside, California. You may know it as the Carrington Mansion from the television show of many years ago called Dynasty.
Filoli is one of my favorite places to go relax, enjoy nature, and find “secret gardens” where I can sit for awhile. And now, after last week when I took an iPhone photography class at Filoli, I can take really fantastic photos more easily.
Did I have fun today as I took lots of photos of flowers (and lots of nature, including several secret gardens) to post as part of this blog on Sacred Spaces Sunday! For as I have mentioned before, you can create a sacred space in almost any location where you spend time.
In addition to the gorgeous weather, the love-of-my-life, Hilory, was there with me. We had a lovely late brunch in the café while talking about the many things that have happened during the week.
To add even more enjoyment to the already perfect day, Filoli was having a special event – a Jazz concert. We could hear it in many locations as we walked through the gardens, yet we were also able to enjoy the sound of birds and quiet locations as we walked further away from the tennis courts where the concert was being held.
Here are some of the flowers I found while enjoying sacred spaces throughout the Filoli Grounds.
Bachelor Button: Single blessedness, celibacy
Begonia: Beware, a fanciful nature
Rose (Yellow): Friendship, jealousy, infidelity, apology, a broken heart, intense emotion, undying love, and extreme betrayal
Rose (Red & White together): United
Sunflower: Pure and lofty thoughts
Sweet Pea: You have my thanks
Zinnia: Thoughts about “Absent Friends”
In one of the secret gardens I was surrounded by hydrangea, a white lattice wall and under the shade of an oak tree that must have been several hundred years old. I’ll talk more about “tree” energy at a future time.
If you have a flower you want to know what its meaning is, please contact me. I’ll let you know what I know about it.