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Merry Christmas From The Team at The Flower School

Fairy Toadstool

Fairy Toadstool – Nelson NZ

We love this time of year, holidays and good times with family and friends are here!  This week we were reminded by a childhood memory, “How Santa came to wear His “Red and White” suit.

According to the theory, the legend of Santa derives from shamans in the Siberian and Arctic regions who dropped into locals’ homes with a bag full of Holy Mushrooms as presents in late December,

“As the story goes, up until a few hundred years ago, these practicing sharmans or priests connected to the older traditions would collect Amanita muscaria (the Holy Mushroom), dry them and then give them as gifts on the winter solstice,” “Because snow is usually blocking doors, there was an opening in the roof through which people entered and exited, thus the chimney story.”( The Amanita muscaria mushroom, which is deep red with white flecks.)

  1. Mushrooms, like gifts, are found beneath pine trees.
    People bring pine trees into their houses at the winter solsticeplacing brightly coloured (red-and-white) packages under their boughs, as gifts to show their love for each other. This is because, underneath the pine bough is the exact location where one would find this Mushroom in the wild. (Note: Do not eat these mushrooms, as they can be poisonous.)
  2. Reindeer were shaman “spirit animals.” Reindeer are common in Siberia and northern Europe, and seek out these hallucinogenic fungi. Biologist who studies fungi, suggests that Siberian tribesmen who ingested fly agaric may have hallucinated that the grazing reindeer were flying.
  3. Shamans dressed like … Santa Claus.
    These shamans “also have a tradition of dressing up like the mushroom … they dress up in red suits with white spots,” Tree ornaments shaped like Amanita mushrooms and other depictions of the fungi are also prevalent in Christmas decorations throughout the world, particularly in Scandinavia and northern Europe.
  4. Rudolph’s nose resembles a bright-red mushroom.
    Rudolph as another example of the mushroom imagery resurfacing: His nose looks exactly like a red mushroom.
  5. “A Visit from St. Nicholas” may have borrowed from shaman rituals
    Many of the modern details of the modern-day Santa Claus come from the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (which later became famous as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”). The poem is credited to Clement Clarke Moore, an aristocratic academic who lived in New York City.

Have a wonderful, Happy and Safe Christmas to you all!
And Best wishes for 2016

 

SPRING NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the Spring Addition of the Flower School Newsletter

Irises go back to ancient times in Egypt where they were immortalized in drawings as symbols of the renewal of life. This lovely flower is named after the Greek messenger of the gods, Iris, who was said to have golden wings and to travel on a rainbow. “Iris” means “rainbow” in Greek, fittingly representing the many colours of the iris flower.

Where the Story Begins …

The worldwide success story of the iris probably began in 1479 B.C., when King Thutmose III of Egypt had conquered Syria, where irises grew in great profusion. Thutmose immortalized iris in sculptures at the Temple of Amon at Karnak, as well as in the gardens of Egypt. That is where their story begins.

DID YOU KNOW? 
The word for Iris comes from Greek word meaning “rainbow”.

In FENG SHUI all bulb flowers symbolize Wealth

Emily’s favourite flower is an Iris.

Care and Conditioning
Iris are easy to look after as are other bulbs, just cut and place into a vase of water of deep cold water.

Daffodils need to be placed on their own as their sap is poisonous to other flowers.