After the lushious riot of color in autumn with it’s clear, brisk days, the quiet of winter sneaks upon us. The winter is a perfect time to start closely studying nature. It is easier simply because there is less stuff around. Fewer birds, fewer trees with leaves, just less going on. And sometimes we just need less going on to feel like we can enjoy the moment .
Nature in winter is a time of struggle and beauty. I think this is the same for people in Winter time. It’s harder to see the beauty of the winter but when you do see and feel it, it gets through, right down deep into you. It pierces the very darkest places with light.
There are less flowers available but what there is deserves your deep attention.
And the evergreen and dried materials are still abundant, and you get to add in the odd dried fruit slice, berries, pine cones.
There is no better time than Winter, to bring nature inside the heart- the home. Having flowers inside at Winter reminds me of growth even… if not especially in the dark, and of the life cycle. They make me feel warmer, safer… seen. Okay, I’m bias.
Here are some of the British flowers and foliage stocked by us in the winter…
I’ve put a few meanings in… not all though, and it teasers if this and that.
Anemones… The beautiful Anemone, I love anemones in bouquets and as a bunch of just them. The color range, the shape, how sensitive they are. They symbolise ‘I would like to be with you’, expectancy, consideration and honesty.
Amarylis/Hippeastrum– The amaryllis symbolises pride and enchanting beauty, and marks friendship and affection. I feel like the Amaryllis keeps us warm in the colder months. Just one in a vase with a little foliage. A deep red one. Oh, my heart. The goosebumps.
Evergreens – continuity of life, symbols of immortality, since they are the only trees to stay green when all the others lost their leaves, they are a reminder of the things that remain constant.
Heather– wellbeing, protection, health, good fortune, and hope.
Holly– protection and good luck
Ivy– marriage, faithfulness, healing… of the heart, friendship.
Mistletoe– peace and happiness
The ancient Greeks, Druids, Celts, and Norse revered mistletoe as sacred, having traditions regarding its collection and use for protection, blessing, and medicine. According to some Christmas customs, believed to have originated with Norse legends, couples who meet under hanging mistletoe are obliged to kiss, plucking a single white berry from the bush until the final berry is removed.
Pines– peace, healing, life cycle, love and joy
The Winter Solstice signals the beginning of the winter season. It occurs every year on December 21 or 22. The ancients knew that the winter solstice was the longest night of the year—and that meant that the sun was beginning its long journey back towards earth. It was a time of celebration, and for rejoicing in the knowledge that soon, the warm days of spring would return, and the dormant earth would come back to life. On this one day, the sun stands still in the sky, and everyone on earth knows that change is coming.
After the solstice, the days will start to get longer, and as the old adage says,”When the days lengthen, the cold strengthens.”
The sun begins its climb toward summer and each day brings us one day closer to spring… the struggle and the beauty of winter!
I will blog nearer winter about some flower rituals you can do for Winter Solstice and the Yule time period
Ahhh, but let’s not rush to winter too much yet, these blogs are about how it’s British Flower Week but also how we stock locally grown flowers most of the year round. Gosh, there is always more to say, always …
Night night xx