One of my very lovely long term client's moved to a beautiful new home during May 2016. As is
often the case I was invited to do a full Feng Shui consultation for this new home as soon as
possible, to ensure she was guided to make the most of the potential of her new living space, and
at the same time have a review of her aims and intentions. As we were looking around her garden
I spotted an orchid plant which had obviously been abandoned by the previous occupant. As I
have a great affinity with plants I immediately picked it up and suggested it needed to be cherished
and taken inside. My client was very busy at the time and didn't feel she could give it the attention
it required to return to full glowing beauty, and suggested I take it home and look after it myself,
which I was more than happy to do. At home I placed the plant in recovery and gave it a trim and
some love, and as much time as it needed to recover, and it did perk up fairly quickly.
Over the years I have collected a number of beautiful orchids and have been rewarded every year
with magnificent displays of colourful exquisite flowers. When the plants are not in flower I place
them on a window ledge in the North East area of my home where they are bathed in morning
sunlight. In nature they live in super warm shady places and are regularly showered briefly with
rain then dry out in a moist and humid atmosphere. I don't water these plants very much, but I do
have a look at them most days and see how they are coming along. Earlier this year I began to
see this particular orchid grow a new stem fairly quickly. During May as the flowers began to
bloom I gave the orchid pride of place in my lounge on the front room window ledge where it could
display it's beauty (see photo dated 21.5.2017).
I don't take many photographs but I was inspired
to follow the progress of this particular plant (see 25.6.2017 and 21.10.2017). During June and
July the number of flowers peaked at 32, and only in mid September did it began to shed a few
blooms. Even now in October and moving into November it still has 8 beautiful blooms and even
these look like they will stay for another few of weeks. So my reward for giving this plant some
space in my home has been 8 months of pleasure in experiencing nature's beauty. How lucky am
On a sadder note another of my long term clients was going through a stressful time and asked me
to visit to reassess her home. As I was leaving she asked me to take a money plant that was
looking extremely sad and distressed, and really out of sorts (which of course was a mirror of my
client at that time), and in fact I wasn't sure it would survive ... However, when I got home I re-potted and encouraged it and it seems to be improving a little everyday now, so I trust it will
make a full recover and begin to flourish again very soon.
The situation in this small one bedroomed cottage was that my client had moved in during
November 2016 and painted the interior "g r e y", which is a colour linked to depression and grey
days, and sadly has recently become a fashionable trend. As Consultant members we have
discussed this subject with concern at Feng Shui Society meetings and shared many similar
circumstances and experiences. Sadly this is what had happened to my client as the constant
grey cave she had created had affected her joie de vivre. On my first visit in November 2016 I
suggested she at least paint her home white which is symbolic of new beginnings, and invite
splashes of colour. Sadly she hadn't taken this advice, and over time had become increasingly
scattered, unfocused and irritated. When I visited again towards the end of September 2017, I
reminded her of the possible effect of her grey colour scheme. We also repositioned some of her
pictures to rebalance the energy in her home. A week later she had really turned a corner and
joyfully told me she had purchased a beautiful colourful picture of fish in a pond for her
Blessings" area, and had her walls painted white. I was so very relieved as now she could be
greeted with lightness and a smile again when she entered her home.
am blessed in my own home to have some beautiful thriving plants inside, and a vibrant,
interesting and colourful garden outside too. As we already know living healthy plants and flowers
are really good Feng Shui as they can energise your space and reflect growth and expansion.
Their health and appearance are also a very good mirror as a measure of the energy of your home
and yourself too, and can thrive with tender loving care, as do you. Round leaved plants are best.
Ensure that they are all well looked after and healthy, and re-pot them when required so they have
room to grow, and do not overwater or underwater them. Take some time to become attuned to
your plants as well and feel what care and attention they need to thrive, as they are another mirror
of you in your home. Remember as you look after them as a reflection and part of yourself, you
are looking after yourself too.