So we had one day of spring here in NYC the other day. It hit 60 and was sunny and gorgeous, and the next day, plunging back into the frozen depths of winter, including possibility of snow tomorrow. Ug. Got my blood all excited and anxious for spring!
So, a couple of things kicking in that direction have developed that I should mention. I did order the blue Forget-Me-Not seeds, and once they arrive will be starting them in an egg carton on the windowsill to germinate until it's warm enough to put them outside. So, Forget-Me-Nots SHOULD be in the future for Izile's Oddities, but I'm going from seed, so it might be a while, and it's not guaranteed.
Now, there is one that IS guaranteed, because I have it right now. I bought it at the green market yesterday and am delighted with it and can't wait to make a new Magic Vial Pendant with it.
I bought a tea tree plant! Now, I should clarify, because there are lots of varieties. I noticed it because it was the plant with the tiny leaves and the red/pink flowers that looked like perfect miniature roses. I asked the man what it was, as it was unlabeled, and he said it was a tea tree plant, and he didn't know much about it, but that it was prized largely for bonsai art. Which, leads me to believe it is the New Zealand Leptospermum variety of tea tree.
So, I now have a nice little tea tree with little leaves that can be included, and mine is covered in tiny pink/red rose-looking buds. Though, I'm not sure how long it will flower. So, if you're interested in a custom, you might want to let me know soon. Flower based vials are tricky that way, with blooming seasons often being so brief.
A little extra information on how my new pet plant will relate to my Magic Vial Pendants: Tea Tree is obviously symbolic of its medicinal properties and representative of healing, and aiding in depression, and in certain Asian cultures is associated with eternal love. Its western alignment seems mostly sided with the Air elementals, and its eastern alignment seems to flux between fire and metal. It does seem a muddied subject at best, when compared to most other flora that are so prominent in aromatherapy or any other kind of similar workings. Some sources even consider it a neutral as it plays well with herbs from all four elements, water elemental herbs (like mint), fire herbs (like rosemary), earth herbs (like patchouli), and air herbs (like lavender).
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