S|S 2019 Collection

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Chinese Money Plant

Good Fortune

You guessed it by the name, the Chinese money plant is said to attract wealth and abundance to your life. If you want to get serious you can place a coin in its soil which is said to help to spontaneously kick-start the attraction of wealth to your life. It’s famous for its lure of bringing good fortune, money and abundance to its owner and as a gift it offers a wish for a bountiful future.

It’s also particularly back in trend, frequently featured in Scandinavian interiors with its pancake-shaped leaves providing a welcome burst of colour against white walls.

 

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Areca Palm Tree

Eternal Sun

An Areca Palm often conjures up ideas of sun-soaked holidays and its symbolic strength does indeed come from its association as a solar symbol. It has many positive connotations including a symbol of victory, triumph, freedom, peace, truth, honour, reward, returning happily from a journey, expansion and eternal life.

As a solar symbol, most of the Areca Palm’s traits are masculine in nature. However, it also bears fruit, making it equally feminine. Thus, the Areca Palm can symbolize a perfect balance of unity. It’s also a symbol of longevity because of its height and its ability to produce fruit for many years. Palms are therefore considered to be symbols of good luck.

They’re also very healthy houseguests as they provide air-purifying qualities for the home or office.

 

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Kentia Palm Tree

Eternal Sun

A Kentia Palm often conjures up ideas of sun-soaked holidays and its symbolic strength does indeed come from its association as a solar symbol. It has many positive connotations including a symbol of victory, triumph, freedom, peace, truth, honour, reward, returning happily from a journey, expansion and eternal life.

As a solar symbol, most of the Kentia Palm’s traits are masculine in nature. However, it also bears fruit, making it equally feminine. Thus, the Kentia Palm can symbolize a perfect balance of unity. It’s also a symbol of longevity because of its height and its ability to produce fruit for many years. Palms are therefore considered to be symbols of good luck.

 

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Cactus

Enduring All Things

The unique Cactus plant is often considered a pretty harsh plant but it actually symbolizes endurance, standing the test of time, protection from danger and finally warmth and care. Its symbolism comes from adapting and conquering dry desert climates. It reminds us to not only survive but to thrive no matter what the circumstances.

No two plants are the same but the Cactus really knows how to be an individual. There are over 2,000 different varieties and within each of those, each Cactus will grow its own way.

As a gift it reminds us to keep strength in who we are and cheering us on for a long and thriving future.

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Orchid

Great Appreciation

There are vast and varying meanings associated with the Orchid just as there are colours and varieties – a message within inself – you are unique and wonderfully complex!

In Ancient Greece Orchids were associated with virility influenced by the botanist who named her from the Greek word “orkhis” as he thought the fleshy underground tubers resembled the male anatomy.

By Victorian times the meaning shifted dramatically to represent luxury and nobility and today this sense of magnificence and artful splendour continues with orchids representing rare and delicate beauty. This exotic and graceful plant represents love, luxury, beauty, nobility and strength.

The Orchid’s ability to possess qualities from virility to nobility speaks of their greater purpose, one greatly appreciated by those around them.

As a gift, this Orchid is a sign of great love, respect and admiration and more than that, pure appreciation for all that makes you, you.

 

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Ficus Lyrata

Wisdom & Learning

Most of the world’s religions refer to the significance of a type of Ficus, such as the bodhi tree or Ficus religiosa, which was seen as a symbol of ‘awake-ness’. The Ficus Lyrata was the sacred tree of Buddha, where under it, the opening to enlightenment began. The ficus awakens intuitive insight, releases past blockages, bringing them out and into the open, enabling new perspectives and thresholds to be crossed.

It is a symbol for wisdom and learning, in part from its ability to produce two crops a year, one from buds left from the previous season’s growth, the second from the new season’s growth. This in itself acts as a reminder to build upon past activities for greater abundance.  

The Ficus Lyrata reminds us to trust our intuition in order to take advantage of the abundant opportunities coming our way. Its message is one of building upon the past and opening up to new insights.

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Olive Tree

Abundant Future

The olive tree is most recognised as a symbol of peace or victory. According to legend, Zeus announced that the most important Greek city would be given to the god or goddess who offered the most useful gift to the people. The city, now called Athens, was awarded to Athena who offered the most striking and prized gift above others, an olive tree. The Olympic winner was crowned with an olive branch to pass on its vitality to him.

Today in Greece “I ate bread and olives with him” denotes friendship and a common blessing for married couples is, `May you always have bread and wine and olive oil in your house.”

As a gift they represent peace, hope, wisdom and wealth, offering a wish for an abundant future.

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Fig Tree

Wisdom & Learning

Most of the world’s religions refer to the significance of a type of fig tree, such as the bodhi tree or ficus religiosa, which was seen as a symbol of ‘awake-ness’. The fig tree was the sacred tree of Buddha, where under it, the opening to enlightenment began. The fig tree awakens intuitive insight, releases past blockages, bringing them out and into the open, enabling new perspectives and thresholds to be crossed.

It is a symbol for wisdom and learning, in part from its ability to produce two crops a year, one from buds left from the previous season’s growth, the second from the new season’s growth. This in itself acts as a reminder to build upon past activities for greater abundance.  

The fig tree reminds us to trust our intuition in order to take advantage of the abundant opportunities coming our way. Its message is one of building upon the past and opening up to new insights.

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Crispy Wave

Rainmaker

The Crispy Wave comes from the fern family, a very ancient family of plants, rich with symbolic meaning, yet this variety was only identified and cultivated in relatively modern times. They express sincerity and allure, deemed symbols of luck, riches, protection and rainmaking.

For the New Zealand Maori, the unfurling fern frond is the basis of the koru which represents peace, tranquillity and spirituality, along with new growth or new beginnings. The fern (or Aya) is an African Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. For the Japanese, the fern symbolises hope of posterity.

Today, a fern is seen to gift the receiver with the hope of confidence, shelters, wealth and happiness. The fern is considered to have protective properties for the home or office and is an air-purifying houseplant.

 

 

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Monstera

Rays of Hope

In Chinese symbolism, the Monstera is a symbol of a long life and the honouring of elders and respected people. In Hawaii it is said that a Monstera leads to rays of hope, in Feng Shui, good luck. Named in May 2017 as one of GQ’s Top 10 Cool House Plants, as the ‘Monstera grows wild and free and requires very little care to look as good as they do. You can do your thing and they can do theirs”. The Monstera is full of energy, yet creates a relaxed feel to a room. This contemporary, designer plant is easy to care for and will become a feature whatever the space it occupies.

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Asparagus Fern

Rainmaker

Ferns are from a very ancient family of plants, rich with symbolic meaning. They express sincerity and allure, deemed symbols of luck, riches, protection and rainmaking.

For the New Zealand Maori, the unfurling fern frond is the basis of the koru which represents peace, tranquillity and spirituality, along with new growth or new beginnings. The fern (or Aya) is an African Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. For the Japanese, the fern symbolises hope of posterity.

Today, a fern is seen to gift the receiver with the hope of confidence, shelters, wealth and happiness. The fern is considered to have protective properties for the home or office and is an air-purifying houseplant.

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Aloe Vera

Joie de Vivre

Aloe in Sanskrit means Goddess. The Aloe Vera plant is known as names such as healing plant and miracle plant. In Greece and ancient Egypt, Aloe Vera represents joie de vivre, endurance and beauty. For Muslims they symbolise luck. It is also said if you have an Aloe Vera in your home, apparently your dreams will come true. Now that might be a bit of a stretch but hey, it’s worth a try.

An Aloe Vera plant is not only a cool looking plant with positive meaning, it also has many medicinal uses. Most commonly, it is used to treat and protect the skin.

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Calathea

New Beginning

The houseplant Calathea is a joyous plant which symbolizes a new beginning. This comes from the English saying ‘to turn over a new leaf’ which is what the Calathea does in the dark. It closes its leaves at night and opens them again in the morning which is sometimes accompanied by a rustling sound, for this reason it is often called the ‘Living Plant’. It is considered a symbol of happiness and guardian of domestic bliss.

It is also known for its air purifying qualities which makes the Calathea a very healthy houseguest. The Calathea is ideal for removing toxins from the air, making a home healthier and more relaxing. The Calathea even likes to chill with you, enjoying your music, especially sound waves with low frequencies, random but true.

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