Tag Archives: Mary Durant

The Flowering of Humanity’s Consciousness

Dandelions. Photo by Nina Wilkins

We humans may likely change and transform “overnight” as these Dandelions do. I have always loved Dandelions.

“Dear common flower that grow’st  beside the way, fringing the dusty road with harmless gold, first pledge of blithesome May…” -James Russell Lowell

“Their lovely constellations make a little heaven on earth of the grassy places that have been brown and bare for months. They touch the heartstrings in much the same way as the early notes of the Robin” (1902) -Frances Theodora Parsons

“…even during the worst blizzard in January, a glass of Dandelion Wine will bring summer right into the house.” -Euell Gibbons, “Stalking the Wild Asparagus,” 1962

Each of these quotes are from Who named the Daisy? Who named the Rose? by Mary Durant

Dandelions. Transformation during the night. Photo by Nina Wilkins

I love this little book. She has a brief history of many North American wild flowers, their uses and some fun facts about them including how they got their name.

“The word dandelion is an anglicization of the original French name dent de lion, the tooth of the lion, and the name was given because of the jagged, toothlike edges of the leaves.”

I really enjoy dandelion leaves in my salad.

We are all so unique and have our gifts to share. I would never think of a dandelion flower as a weed. Just as I hope you will have a high concept of your self so you may share your gifts with all of us.

A field of dandelions. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Flower Essences and Transformation

Santa Barbara Daisy. Photo by Nina Wilkins

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” —John Muir

I love to find things in nature that demonstrate transformation from one form to another. An egg, to a caterpillar, to a chrysalis, then butterfly are familiar ones. Another favorite is tadpoles to frogs. A caterpillar walking on the ground and then flying is very dramatic. The little swimming tadpole is then jumping and swimming. The frog has a life on land and in the water with quite a loud voice. I love the infinite variety of forms in nature.

A flower that shows that transformation is the Santa Barbara Daisy in the photo above.
These little flowers start out as the tiny pinkish-purple flowers and as they grow turn white.
You can see these flowers growing profusely along the California coast. Whenever I would take a walk in Carmel and see them, somehow my spirits would be lifted. Even though small, they radiate joy.

In Who named the Daisy? Who named the Rose? A Roving Dictionary of North American Wild Flowers, by Mary Durant, we find that the Santa Barbara Daisy is the “days Eye,” named by the Anglo-Saxons, and is the English Daisy. It closes at night and then opens at sunrise, so it is the eye of the day. It comes to us from England and is also called the White Weed and May Weed.

A few years ago, when I was teaching classes about making flower essences, I chose this little flower though time constraints left that one undone.

I love synchronicity and flower essences. Recently these combined when a dear friend of mine recommended Green Hope Farm Flower Essences to me. I chose Sea Mayweed, from Ireland, to order not realizing it was the Santa Barbara Daisy. One thing I love about this company is that Molly Sheehan gives extensive written descriptions of what the flower and its elemental can give to you. For Sea Mayweed she writes: “I help you center in your own power and Destiny. I am the balanced and full use of my third chakra’s strengths.” This is very close to what I had written about the Santa Barbara Daisy’s essence several years ago.

I just received my order from Green Hope Farm yesterday, and this new discovery has made me so happy. Everything in Divine right timing, as this company has been around for more than 30 years. I have used many other companies’ essences over the years and they have always helped me. This company is a treasure, and I will continue to learn from them. They are based in New Hampshire, though they sell flower essences from all over the world.

This company has made many essences to help us through our own transformations in these times. I feel they are very effective, though I have yet to try the new ones: “A Tool Box For a New Earth. Green Hope Farm Flower Essences from the 2019 growing season.” There are 12 essences in this collection. I’m going to try Bears Breeches, “Stability in the void between the collapse of old structures and the birth of the new, support as we create new structures for a New Earth.” I hope you will check them out.

Many years ago, Sananda told me that flowers are some of the strongest and wisest beings on Earth and a definite bridge of love light. You might want to discover and make your own. (Instructional video in a previous blog.)