Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to the release of my first design for 2016 - the Mountain Devil flower.
I agree that the name is unusual and dramatic and perhaps conjures images of witchcraft but rest assured it is derived from the horned woody follicles which retain a seed bank in its canopy and released after bushfires. What I find so absolutely fascinating with some of our wildflower bushes are their ability to regenerate and re-establish after the heat and intensity of our harsh bushfires.
This showy flower, consisting of seven individual tubular flowers, has a common name of Honey Flower and produces an abundance of sweet nectar which attracts a variety of native birds, eg. honeyeaters, noisy miners, little wattlebirds and eastern spinebills. The multi-stemmed bush spreads to a height of two metres with stiff, narrow leaves and showy pink to red flowerheads. It is endemic to New South Wales and found on or to the east of the Great Dividing Range growing in sandy or rocky soils of open forests.
My cross stitch design has depicted the colours of this wildflower by using 11 colours to match as closely as possible to its natural counterpart. The design uses 39 x 48 stitches and when stitched on 14 point Aida or 28 count evenweave fabric measures 71 x 87mm (2.8 x 3.4 inches). As with all my designs, it is available in kit, chart or PDF.
A Google search of Australian Bush Flower Essences found an interesting fact for the Mountain Devil flower. It states that the essence from this flower helps to deal with feelings of hatred, anger, jealousy and the major blocks to expressing love and for people who tend to be suspicious of others by helping to develop unconditional love and acceptance. It also states that it helps to express anger in a healthy way and develop sound boundaries and may open the way to forgiveness.
Whether you believe is up to you but what a magical flower if found to be the case. We live in a world today where we certainly could use more love and acceptance of others.
'From a little spark may burst a mighty flame' - Dante