Fresh cut flowers always lift our spirits. One of the rewards of making sure the cupboards and refrigerator are well stocked with yummy food is the plethora of gorgeous flowers available at the grocery store. It makes the task of grocery shopping more of a pleasure.

Fresh flowers make us feel special which makes them a wonderful feng shui adjustment. Flowers throughout your home makes every room more welcoming. And as you place them, you charge the life force energy (chi) of each room.

You can create balance in your home and your life by the type of flower arrangements you place in various areas.

If you want to enhance the Water element of feng shui, float a few flowers in a low bowl. The serenity of floating flowers in your field of vision is amazing.
Which flowers? Some are better floaters than others. Basically, the flatter the flower head, the more float-able it is. Gardenias, Gerber daisies, black eyed Susans, all float very well.

Flower arrangements that are created with several different flowers all the same color are Watery whatever color it is. The nuances of form and texture are intriguing.
If the arrangement doesn’t really look “arranged” at all, more like someone just took a bunch of iris and stuffed them in a vase, it has Wood energy.

Typically, people strong in Wood find flowers useless: a waste of time, energy, and money. Once their value as a feng shui adjustment is accepted by a Wood person, though, that opinion changes. Then, the quickest and easiest solution will prevail.

Luckily, even the just stuffed in the vase arrangements look wonderful and encourage the development of other elements.

Fiery arrangements have lots of variety of color, texture, and shape. This may be lots of flowers in large vases. Or it can be lots of very small containers with only a few flowers sprinkled all over.
Fire energy is the whimsical, fun energy. To enhance the Fiery aspect of flowers, combinations that may at first seem odd are light-hearted, quirky, and just plain fun.

Feeling life is very serious business? Consider a tiny arrangement of one tiger lily, a sprig of Solidago (a fluffy, asparagus ferny looking thing with tiny yellow blossoms), and chili peppers. The juxtaposition of the elegant lily with the fluffy Solidago and the sensual red chili peppers tickles the energy and you!

Quintessential Earthy flower arrangements are those that are remind you of bed and breakfast inns, English country cottages, and Victorian decor. They may be in pastel colors. They will likely match the colors in the room. You’d never see a chili pepper in an Earthy arrangement. Often it is just one type of flower, one color, but LOTS of them.

Metal energy is about precision, simplicity, and perfection. Metal flower arrangements are elegant works of art. Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, is the embodiment of Metal energy in flowers. The fact that a person can study Ikebana for decades and still consider themselves a student pretty much says it all.
Flowers create an atmosphere of celebration for you, your family, and your friends as you enjoy the gift of life, every day. And they can help you become more balanced in the five elements of feng shui: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal.

To learn other ways to use feng shui to create balance of the five elements ... and balance in your life, come to next week's class: Create balance with feng shui!

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