54 The Age of the Golden Dawns and Silver Dusks

A week of Hollywood glamour, but 2015 is a Golden Dawn for fellow bloggers 


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Difficult to upstage anywhere close to Beverly Hills, but one week after the world’s film thespians have received their just recognition, La Floralie  steps out to present an acknowledgement too.

Not for wallflowers…

These tributes, are not for flowers who are good at acting, but to a number of inspiring fellow bloggers from different interests.

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A blogger will travel far and wide in their passion, imaginations and experience and then share. We, as readers are all travellers, exploring across the virtual landscape to search for new ideas, to challenge our own.

Since the start of the New Year,  I had the opportunity of the free Wordpress course “Introduction to Blogging 101”

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Getting and giving encouragement and useful tips is what its all about. This post is an assignment to put one of those tasks into practice.

More on the course right at the end of the post.

Learning from others

From La Floralie,  this acknowledgement comes as two tribute categories. A Golden Dawn for blogs with direct inspiration connected to the world of flowers and Nature, and Silver Dusk for blogs with a wider variety of  influences. These blogs have inspired La Floralie to step out a little.

Without any more ado. Here are the Golden Dawn and Silver Dusk winners with links for you to see for yourself.



The Tributes

For anybody who might have expected a mantelpiece trophy,  um… ..this tribute is definitely be a dinner conversation piece for many years to come.  As a real dawn or real dusk,  we hope it makes you very happy.

The Golden Dawn Tribute

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For raising the appetite and turning nature’s harvest into inspiring and accessible food, via an informative and inspiring blog. Very consistent.


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For bringing pleasure with practicality,  but very simply. Helping to make growing and planting as simply as possible. Easy to follow steps with very good illustrations made available across two distinct communities. Very inspiring.

My Food And Flowers

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A variety of different very perspectives on botanical nature and very much our relationship with it and how we interpret it.

My Botanical Garden

The Silver Dusk Tribute

Silver Dusks are tributes to blogs which may have no direct connection to flora, but nevertheless are illuminating on life and gave me pause for reflection often on lives which couldn’t be more opposite to my own. These usually have a lot of variety in their content.

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At the end of a day, as dusk comes, sometimes a light-fall will strike on a truth or two where we very least expect it.

Here is a selection of a variety for those sparkles of enlightenment.  A mix of views and life stories. Do visit them all. It is not a limited list by any means.

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The enthusiasm of Faraday’s Candle is so infectious. I loved the way a whole family were involved and begged me to join in their own discoveries.


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I was bowled over and wish I could write like this. So very observed and original. Truly amazing.

O at the Edges

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The whole blog is not about ecology,  or language,  but it embraces both of these, along with other topics on China

spaceship china

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I love the honest approach of a life “just being” in Meredith’s Musings. This is varied reminiscing and pondering.

Meredith’s Musings

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Highly challenging, so honest. I was humbled. How not to judge any life. Intense, intense writing from the heart and mind.


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For goodness sake, these drawings by Myf Draws Apparently are fabulous, full of life and the blog is great!

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In advance of the occasion, these white anemones were photographed between the dawn and dusk in grounds of Kensington Palace, London, June 23 2014,

This Magnolia is local to Stourbridge, UK,  but an international bloom. It is also very long lasting with an incredible life’s journey.

Each bouquet comes with the light of a full moon.

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Colour wise, for both the Golden Dawn and Silver Dusk, “Spied of Stourbridge” found creative direction with shiny Red Berry and a perfumed Cool Lavender, worn with ethical diamonds.

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But  were they wearing flowers?

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Definitely “Fashion au Natural” and “with flower” is in

With Nature inspiring art and fashion in Spring 2015, no need to be bashful. Some may have started something at this time of year with little to wear , but no matter what size trunks or arms, thankfully, Nature has the novelty of growing its own clothing and accessories….But here is a tree waving its arms at the very thought of it in yesterday’s blue skies. It is in the middle of growing new shoots for Spring cover, so “skimpy” is in. La Floralie is in.




Appreciation definitely matters

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As said, the purpose of this post,  has been all about giving credit to the inspiration of others, but the challenge was about delving deeply into ourselves to see how others could inspire our own individual creativity in a blog post. A truly great exercise and very challenging, but the flame and the energy behind these outputs have been WordPress and fellow bloggers who take up the challenges.

Trying doesn’t hurt

I’d recommend the Blogging University to anybody blogging or thinking of a blog. The learning is free and manageable, the support is free as well as so many free themes to experiment with. Thank you WordPress and very dedicated, patient “Happiness” engineers.

I never realised I could learn so much. The diversity of subject matter makes some great connections and new thinking. Whilst La Floralie blog does not look too different at the moment,  my awareness has certainly grown, and not just of the techie stuff, but the world out there, full of new adventures. Immense, unlimited and humbling other work. I wish I could get round everybody.. One day perhaps…Thank you bloggers. 


Without free use of WordPress  there would be no La Floralie. Without the fantastic support out there via the site and forums, I could not extend my technical knowledge as rapidly in the past few weeks.

And then having a platform to not only create a journal, but then communicate it, is a real gift of free speech of our modern world. What a privilege.


© 2015 La Floralie



  1. Oh, La Florallie – thank you SO much! 谢 谢 – xièxiè – what a beautiful idea!

    I am really honoured!

    Thank you so much!

    and the award icon, the pictures you have made, are SO beautiful!

    I will be honoured to display it on my site!

    Thanks again!


      1. 🙂 your comment brought me back to see more on the flowers you photographed…. such beauty captured so artfully!
        do you make flower remedies ( a la Dr Bach?)

        would love to see more about this topic here… the flower’s essence is vibrationally captured in the water used to make the essence……

      2. Hello again. I know Bach Flower Remedies. Very subtle. I wouldn’t know how to make them, and there are also other types available, but certainly unprocessed nutrition from flowers, fruit and vegetables is extremely important to me:)

      3. They are easy to make. Settle the flowers into pure water, in sunshine.
        The sun imprints the genetic code or vibration into the water.
        Dr Bach was the first – now there are many different types available, including Australian Bush Remedies.

        So few people ‘get’ the essence of flowers which is why your blog is so special. 🙂

      4. Hi Debbie Thank you so very much indeed for your very kind comments. I am most touched. RE: creating the remedies, its a funny thing I used to pick flowers especially iris and roses as a small child and shake them vigorously to make perfume. Actually a bit stinky after a while! Anyway, timing and freshness would be very important I think. Lets talk more on this. Fascinating! Have a great week. And thanks so much for your encouragement Debbie! Have a great week. 🙂

      5. timing, freshness, the surroundings, the quality of water, the degree of sunlight, all matter.
        if you used to pick irises and roses as a small child to make ‘perfume’ you probably have a natural instinct to flower remedies, and i would suggest you start with them.
        HOWEVER you have to make sure your flowers are 100% organic – probably home grown yourself or someone you trust, otherwise the remedies will have the traces of chemicals – not good.

        some people put a smidgen of alcohol in to make the remedy last – for me i feel it also taints the remedy.
        the first time i used back flower remedies, amazing results. incredible.

      6. WOW. I have had ‘one of those days’ but thank you so much for your time feeding back and helping me expand, this is great. I never thought of this. Debbie do you do any other alternative things?

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