Discover what’s on the Floristry radar this month…
FLORA & FAUNA
To us March signifies the beginning of spring, new life and fresh beginnings. It’s a time when the trees start to sprout young leaves, buds appear from the ground, as if overnight they’ve woken from their long winter hibernation. Birds and butterflies once again fill the air. It also represents a time of new births, young calfs and lambs add new life to fields and meadows.
The perfect time to explore Hong Kong’s flora and fauna, while the weather is warm before the intense summer heat. One of our favourite spots for a springtime walk is Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve in Tai Po. The heavily wooded areas has over 100 different species of trees, which makes it a prime spot for bird watching, butterflies are in abundance here during spring too.
The full moon and spring equinox fall on the same day this year - 21st March, this occurred 9 years ago in 2000. It will also be a full super-moon, the third and final consecutive of 2019. Also known as the worm moon, an ode to when the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting robins and migratory birds to return - a sign that Spring is upon us. New roots sprout from the ground, the natural world awakens from its winter hibernation and experiences a re-birth, new life fills the enivronment.
As well as the start of Spring, March signifies art month in Hong Kong. Art Basel and Art Central will be taking place during the last weekend of the month, showcasing contemporary art from International galleries. There are also lots of art-related events around the city too; IllusfairHK at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre is worth checking out if you’re an illustration lover, do some gallery-hopping at the annual Art Gallery night on 25th March and film photographer Sushi Chan’s solo exhibition track back/forward at Sense 99 is definitely not to be missed.
For those born in March, there are two birthstones associated with the third month of the year - aquamarine and bloodstone.
Aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. Derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. The gemstone is believed to protect sailors, as well as guaranteeing a safe voyage at sea. The mesmerising colour ranges from pale to deep blue is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and level headed. In the Middle Ages, many believed that the simple act of wearing aquamarine was a literal antidote to poisoning. The Romans believed that if you carved a frog into a piece of aquamarine jewellery, it would help to reconcile differences between enemies and make new friends.
A deep dark-green stone flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide, the gemstone is believed is to have intense healing properties, particularly with blood disorders. The Egyptians prized bloodstone because they believed it helped them to magically defeat their enemies. They also believed it increased their strength or made them invisible. Legend state the bloodstone was created during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, when a Roman soldier thrust his sword into Christ’s side and a few drops of his blood fell onto some green jasper. The stone’s energy carries the purity of blood, evoking life and death, vitality and strength, passion and courage.
British poet and textile designer, William Morris was known for his intricate floral and fauna prints. A founding member of the Arts and Craft movement in England, a decorative arts trend that began in response to the industrial revolution, Morris was also a iconic victorian tastemaker. In celebration of Morris’ birthday on 24th March, we share a extract from his poem, The Message of the March Wind.
Fair now is the spring-tide, now earth lies beholding
With the eyes of a lover, the face of the sun;
Long lasteth the daylight, and hope is enfolding
The green-growing acres with increase begun.
Now sweet, sweet it is thro’ the land to be straying,
Mid the birds and the blossoms and the beasts of the field;
Love mingles with love, and no evil is weighing
On thy heart or mine, where all sorrow is heal’d.
GET THE LOOK
Spring is here! Celebrate the new season with beautiful blooms
All Saints Bud Vase
Gypsy Heart Flower Jar
Baby Blue Flower Bouquet
Further reading: https://williammorrissociety.org/