My Jasmine – A Countdown to the Southern Spring ~ Week 5

The jasmine chronicle continues into week 5, after I spotted buds on the vine at the front of my place. I was wrong – which is unusual because I’m usually right 100% of the time (hehehehe). I predicted little flowers this week but was thwarted as we were plunged back into the dead of winter, with cold temperatures and rain. Here is where my potential flowers are at:

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A slightly blurry pic, but you can see some of the bigger buds are turning a much lighter pink:

A bit blurry but still cute

A bit blurry but still cute

 

It’s definitely winter rain falling on those little buds:

 

It's definitely winter rain!

It’s definitely winter rain!

 

Come on you little beauties!!!!!!!

 

Come on little ones!

Come on little ones!

 

So here we are at the end of another week and nature is in control. I’d like to go out on a limb and predict flowers next week – but my last prediction didn’t end so well. I’m going to say 1 week to 10 days, and I’ll have jasmine flowers. I will be so happy when that time comes.

Spring! Spring! Spring! (That’s my chant).

 

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My Jasmine – A Countdown to the Southern Spring ~ Week 4

My countdown continues as we take a close up look at the jasmine buds on the vine at the front of my place. Jasmine is sweet and sensual, and tells me summer is on the way! And yes, the buds are getting bigger still ……

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pink and promising

pink and promising

 

Who would have thought the little white flowers could be born from such deep pink buds?

 

nice!

 

My prediction is that I will have flowers next week! Stay tuned.

 

happy little buds in the sun

happy little buds in the sun

 

More next week.

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My Jasmine – A Countdown to the Southern Spring ~ Week 3

This is week 3 in the thrilling account of my countdown to spring in Sydney. The jasmine out the front of my place is my guide. I don’t get a lot of sun so I’m sure I’ll see some little jasmine flowers elsewhere first – but here are a couple of pics of my little buds:

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The buds are looking juicy …

pinker and plumper

pinker and plumper

 

The little ones preparing for their debut:

bursting with goodness

bursting with goodness

 

 

More next week.

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Winter Flowers in My Neighbourhood – A Photo Essay

Looking for inspiration today I quickly walked around the block and snapped a few happy winter flowers. This is what I saw:

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A pretty camelia round the back lane:

 

A pretty camelia around in the back lane

camelia

 

And my forever favourite, lavender. The girls next door just planted these plants called “Avonview”. It’s Lavandula stoechas ssp Avonview:

 

lovely lavender

lovely lavender

 

A distant shot over the fence, up the laneway, in a grey sky:

magnolia

magnolia

 

A stunning lilly opposite me in my little street:

 

Arum lilly

Arum lilly

 

A cute little pansy with a face, spotted on my way back from the post office:

pansy

pansy

 

My red zygo cactus (the pink one has already flowered:

 

zygo cactus

zygo cactus

 

And some beautiful ornamental kale in a bunch of flowers for my mum:

 

ornamental kale

ornamental kale

 

And finally the beautifully illustrated paper from the local book shop. They gift wrapped a book I bought for my 86 year old mum in hospital:

 

botanical gift wrapping paper

botanical gift wrapping paper

Thank you.

The end.

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My Jasmine – A Countdown to the Southern Spring ~ Week 2

My keen eye has been on the jasmine and the buds are getting rosier and juicier. Here is my pictorial countdown to the Aussie spring, 2016.

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One week on from the first pics and I can see the plumpness in each potential little flower. The reason I’m so delighted when I see these little buds, is that I really don’t love the winter and when I see the jasmine, I know it’s getting warmer, and closer to summer.

 

potential

potential

 

And more:

 

countdown to flowers

countdown to flowers

 

And maybe just another so you can understand how excited I am

 

I'm so excited about spring

I’m so excited about spring

 

More next week.

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Better Sleep with Essential Oils

Just a drop of lavender on your pillow at night will help you sleep well – right? No, sorry, it’s not as simple as that. Essential oils can definitely help you relax and adjust your weird sleep patterns, but you’ll have to do a bit more work than opening an oil bottle. Read on to find the best essential oils for sleep, and what you need to change…….

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sleep!

sleep!

 

If we don’t sleep well all sort of problems can start happening. When this becomes more frequent, the daytime can be very challenging. Lack of sleep can be the cause of so many other health problems, but at the very least we simply can’t function well during the day. If bad sleep patterns prevail they can become habit, and then it’s all downhill. Here’s what you need to do to prepare for essential oils to help you sleep:

  1. Drink less coffee and/or don’t have caffeine in the afternoon
  2. Exercise more frequently, even if that means a walk around the block
  3. Stop watching TV at least an hour before bed
  4. Stop all screen time ie phones and computers at least an hour before bed
  5. Set up healthy patterns – eat about the same time each day, go to bed about the same time, wake up about the same time

Other hints:

  1. Have a cup of relaxing herbal tea about an hour before bed
  2. Have a warm bath or shower before bed
  3. Start stretching and force yourself to yawn in the evening (I read that somewhere and I’ve tried it and it works!)
  4. Have a book at your bedside – this always sends me to sleep

 

timing is everything

timing is everything

 

Daily habits are important if you are having difficulties sleeping. Of course the clock can be the devil when you’re staring at it every night – 1am, 2am, 3am, 4am ……… It may only take you a few days to reset your body clock, but it could take weeks. In the evening (perhaps after dinner), start your essential oil diifuser to help you unwind. Here are your oils:

Lavender

The classic sleep and relaxation oil, lavender is a healing herb that’s been around for centuries. This is a panacea (helps everything) in my opinion. The art of aromatherapy comes into play here as too much lavender can be too stimulating, so the key is to mix your oils to get a perfect soothing combination.


Vetiver

Sometimes referred to as “The Oil of Tranquility”, vetiver is a very strong oil and you’ll only need a couple of drops in each blend. It is a cooling oil and very grounding and centering. Great for meditation and stress.


Marjoram

Another ancient herb, marjoram will help induce relaxation and works wonderfully with its sister, lavender. Marjoram is an oil to treat pain relief, grief and anguish, so is perfect to help you turn off the events of the day, and the anxiety of tomorrow.


Frankincense

Frankincense is the oil to help you take deeper, slower breaths. By breathing deeply you will automatically slow your heart rate, calm your mind and allow yourself to “be”. This is a classic oil for meditation and asthma.


Bergamot

Bergamot is not a classic sleep oil, but it’s a lovely oil to help with anxiety, and mixed with some other oils, can add some sweetness to your blend. In fact all the citrus oils (lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, grapefruit) are light and blend well with most other oils so are always handy to have nearby. They will add happiness and lightness to your blends.


The Chamomiles – Roman and German

Both these oils are relaxing oils. German chamomile is blue due to a chemical change during distilling, and is an anti-inflammatory oil for the body. It works synergistically with lavender in this regard. The scent is not as pretty as Roman chamomile, which has a honey sweetness to it, and could be better for you to use for this reason. Why not double up and have a relaxing chamomile tea in the hour before bed too?


Sandalwood

I regard Indian (Mysore) sandalwood as a sleep inducing oil due to its traditional uses, and it’s powerful energetic presence. This oil has many uses for the body but excels when treating the mind and emotions. It is a beautiful and expensive oil to use, but when it comes to sleep I’d say it’s worth buying a bottle. It will cover you in a comforting, soft yet strong, blanket of love. Other woods could be used in its place and I’d recommend cedarwood Virginian (which is actually a juniper, not a true cedar).  Australian sandalwood could be a bit too stimulating with its hint of the hot Australian bush.

 

Sexy black diffuser from puzhen.com

Sexy black diffuser from puzhen.com

 

And now some blends for your diffuser –

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil, which could be too much for some diffusers, so check the recommendation of each unit and adjust thee recipes accordingly.

 

“Universal Flow”

Lavender         10

Frankincense    8

Bergamot         7


 

“Depth”

Marjoram                   6

Roman Chamomile    7

Orange                       8

Vetiver                        2


 

“Cool”

Mandarin                       10

German Chamomile       4

Cedarwood Virginian      6

Lavender                        5


 

“Intuition”

Sandalwood                6

Lavender                    6

Marjoram                     4

Orange                       11

 


 

“The Way”

Frankincense              10

German Chamomile     2

Vetiver                          2

Sandalwood                5

Lime                           6


I've got these gorgeous chamomile flowers in a teapot nest to my bed - sweet dreams!

I’ve got these gorgeous chamomile flowers in a teapot nest to my bed – sweet dreams!

 

By now you have the idea so go for it! Mix those oils baby!

Let me know how you go and –

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My Jasmine – A Countdown to the Southern Spring

As I was looking at my flowering (winter) zygo cactus the other day, I had to look twice, but saw the most wonderful sight – jasmine buds on the vine. This is the promise of spring and I am so delighted. Follow my thrilling weekly updates on the jasmine here …… a countdown to the southern hemisphere spring woo hooooooo!!!!!!!!!

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I’m not good in winter so any sign that the new season is coming is good to me.

This is a sign.

 

my jasmine

my jasmine

 

While the magnolia and the cactus still bloom in mid – late winter, the jasmine is preparing to burst into spring.

I’m so happy.

More next week.


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