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Good Day Sunshine!

When life is feeling a little flat, and you are in need of something colourful to lift your mood, yellow is the colour to do it, I’d say. Flowers and sunshine. The freshest pineapple and mango fruit salad.  The impossible cuteness of a fluffy duckling.  The beyond comical expression on a tiny yellow spotted boxfish?

What more can I say? Yellow is just a happy colour.  Or perhaps I am just in a happy mood, having just done a very yellow post previous to this one?  If colour can lead to infectious happiness, I am very happy with that!

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The flowers (and the sunshine!) are long gone, as these are snaps from a glorious English summer, but I find them uplifting nonetheless.

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And then of course the lyrical mastery of The Beatles springs to mind.  The jolly, happy sing-a-long that is unavoidable with ‘Yellow Submarine’, naturally!  But even better than that, ‘Good Day Sunshine’.  It is my ultimate feel good song, and a welcome soundtrack to my Friday evening. Colourful in essence, even if not name:

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I’ve got something I can laugh about
I feel good, in a special way
I’m in love and it’s a sunny day

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

We take a walk, the sun is shining down
Burns my feet as they touch the ground

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

Then we lie beneath a shady tree
I love her and she’s loving me
She feels good, she know she’s looking fine
I’m so proud to know that she is mine

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

Good day sunshine
(Good day sunshine)
Good day sunshine
(Good day sunshine).

(Good Day Sunshine, Revolver album, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney).

I’ll leave you with those happy, colourful, sunshiny thoughts.  HAPPY FRIDAY!

Green stars, growing.

The gorgeous flower buds of the sedum plant.  A butterfly favourite when in bloom, this shot shows the tightly knotted flower bracts before they open into their full starry pink beauty.

Sedum is one of my favourite flowering plants of the late summer and autumn.  They flower for such a long period of time; right up until the first frosts usually.  A bee and butterfly watching bonus!  It was a plant I treasured in my garden when I lived in England, as at this time of year you really feel the bee and butterfly spotting opportunities slipping away as the days get shorter and colder.

Also known as the ice plant, I thought the iced minty colours were perfect for this week’s one word photo challenge: mint!

 

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An alternative start to the weekend: Verbena.

I was rifling through photos looking for some good florals for a gift I’m working on, and I came across this beauty.  Verbena.  It is a flower I’ve always liked.  So graceful on their long, long stems, waving softly in the breeze.

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This shot was taken in a traditional herbalist style garden in England, but before spotting it there I had not known anything about its uses.  It turns out there is a long history attached to this one, spanning a whole variety of divine and supernatural associations, as well as folklore and traditional medicine remedies.

There is also a lot of symbolism associated with the verbena flower.  The language of flowers has long been used as a subtle or secret way to convey meaning.  Some people use them to make a request for prayers or well wishes.  Verbena flowers are also symbolically used to represent healing, creativity, and happiness.   They are even used for protection against harm and evil.

Verbena has a lot of different names around the world, including Holy Herb, Herb of the Cross, Devil’s Bane.  These three possibly something to do with the belief that verbena was one of the flowers used to staunch the bleeding when Jesus was lifted down from the cross.

Ancient Egyptians called it ‘tears of Isis’, believing the verbena flower grew from the tears of the fertility goddess, Isis.  That ties in neatly with the purported galactagogic  (promoting lactation!) and emmenagogic (promoting bloodflow and bleeding!) properties attached to it in folkloric medicine.  It also makes sense of some of the other names given to verbena – Iron-Hardener, Medical Ironwort, True Ironherb and other slight variations on a similar theme.

In herbalism and folk medicine it is thought to be effective for treating a wide variety of ailments, including ear aches, arthritis pain and headaches.  As a powerful emmenagogue it can also be helpful to women suffering with their periods, but should be strictly avoided by pregnant women because of serious risk of pre-term labour.

I never fail to be amazed at the incredible properties of plants – flower power is exactly right!  There is so much more I discovered, just spending a little time searching for information.

I don’t necessarily believe everything that has been claimed, but I do find it fascinating, seeing how the perception of one little plant has evolved and grown across different times and cultures.  Now I’m wondering how many other interesting flowers I’ve appreciated for their beauty but completely under-estimated.  I might have to take another look through my archives.