Floral Bounty is a beautiful display of gorgeous summer flowers in a nature medicine painting.
Poets call her the Queen of the Flowers with the purest, most positive energy vibration of any living thing. Born in Iran over 3000 years ago, her energy signature attracts love, passion, and beauty. The rose has long been the gift of lovers, a symbol of true love. The vibration of rose also promotes healing from any form of grief by uplifting the auric field and aligning with positive emotions. The Sufis thought that rose represents the desire for the realm of pure spirituality and alignment with the Divine.
The rose is actually considered a woody perennial of the genus Rosa. There are over 100 species and exhibit several forms including, miniature shrubs, erect shrubs and climbers that reach 7 meters in length. The flowers have a variety of shapes and sizes and are usually quite showy. The colors range from shades of white, through yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and the newer purples. Cultivars and hybrids are cultivated for their beauty and fragrance. Most roses are deciduous, with serrated leaves that alternate on the stem. Roses are pollinated by insects in nature. Some of the older roses produce a berry-like structure called a rose hip. These are known to be rich in vitamin C and provide food for birds when not harvested by humans. Rose “thorns” are not actually true thorns, modified stem structures. Rose “thorns” are actually “prickles, outgrowths of the epidermis, the outer layer of the stem. The prickles are often sickle-shaped hooks that support the rose stem growth.
Roses are very popular ornamental garden plants that have been cultivated for millennia. The earliest known date is around 500 BC in the Mediterranean and the Far East. Most of the hybrids are bred for their flowers and scent. Attar of roses or rose oil is used by commercial perfumers to produce perfume and rose water for cooking, cosmetics, medicines and some religious practices.
Dahlia bejeweled with diamond raindrops her skirts flared, just like a flamenco dancer, actually is a native of Mexico, Columbia and Central America. She is is related to sunflowers, daisies, chrysanthemums, and zinnias. In 1963, the dahlia was declared to be the national flower of Mexico. Hybrids of at least 36 different species are often grown as garden flowers. Flowers have many variations in form. They can be as small as 2 inches in diameter and as large as a dinner plate, up to 12 inches in diameter. This tremendous variety in a single species comes from the fact that dahlias have eight sets of homologous chromosomes, unlike most plants that have 2 sets. And, along with that unique development, dahlias have many transposons, genetic bits that can move about on an allele, allowing even more diversity.
Dahlias are bushy, tuberous, herbaceous plants. They are perennial in their native habitats, which do not experience frost. The tuberous stems are quite leafy and can range in height from 12 inches to over 8 feet. The tuberous nature of the stems makes it possible for the plants to survive periods of dormancy, which allows gardeners, living in temperate climates with frosts, to dig the tubers and store them for the winter, replanting in the spring. Dahlias attract pollinating insects with their bright colors versus scent. The color range for dahlias includes most colors, excepting blue.
The earliest known description of the dahlia was in 1570; identified by a Spanish physician for King Philip II, Francisco Hernandez, who had been sent to Mexico to study the plants of the country. Indigenous peoples gathered wild dahlias and also cultivated them as food sources. Aztec peoples used dahlias to treat epilepsy.
Energetically, the dahlia actually has the delicate, watery, mysterious, moonlight qualities that reveal the beauty and sweetness in darkness and shadow. Dahlia flower essences know all about engaging the dark with joy and delight, releasing any stagnant lower vibrations.
Radiant sunflower vividly vibrates with happiness, expansion, energy, joy and vitality. Its botanical name is Helianthus, from the Greek for the sun god, Helios. Like the sun, sunflower’s energetic signature is specific, potent and universally recognized. The brilliant yellow petals around a dark center represent the lightness of mood this flower can activate, even in the presence of darkness.
An annual plant native to the Americas, there is evidence that it was cultivated in Mexico as early as 2600 BC. The sunflower was used as a symbol of the solar deity by many early indigenous peoples, including the Aztecs and Otomi of Mexico and the Inca in South America
What is often thought of as the flower is in reality a flower head, composed of many small florets crowded together. Outer florets with petals are sterile, while the inner florets mature into seeds. The petals with in flower head are always found in a spiral pattern. Amazingly, each floret is positioned towards the next one by the golden angle, 137.5 degrees, which creates a pattern of interconnecting spirals. The number of left spirals and the number of right spirals are successive Fibonacci numbers, usually 34 in one direction and 55 in the other, and in very large sunflower heads, 89 spirals in one direction and 144 in the other direction.
Sunflowers usually grow to heights of 5 to 8 feet, although much taller ones have been documented. No surprise, they grow best in full sun, preferring fertile and well-drained soil. It produces a large flowering head on tough, hairy stems with broad, coarsely toothed and rough leaves. In the 1510, Spanish explorers brought the seeds to Europe where they were widely used as a cooking ingredient.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
May 19th, 2014
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