Introducing AstroBotanica, a monthly collaboration that I'm doing with NYC-based floral designer Alexandra Abuza. We've been friends for several years, connecting creatively over our shared interests and sensibilities. Recently, we thought it would be fun to do a collaborative project, weaving together flowers and astrology, and from this AstroBotanica was born. I hope that you enjoy these monthly petals of beauty and insight.
It’s your time of the year, a month where we all connect to the beauty of the natural world and see how putting things in order can do us good. Like you, during this time, we’re a bit more focused upon getting things right, how organization can elevate our game, and ways that we can attend to our health in a more holistic manner. With Virgo inspiring us to want things to be as close to perfect as possible, watch that you’re not inundated with the worry and anxiousness that can come from holding yourself (and/or others) to unrealistic standards. This year, the Sun is in Virgo August 23 through September 22, a four-plus-week period when we’re embraced by more humility and a desire to offer ourselves in service of others.
For this month's AstroBotanica, Alex created a gorgeous birthday bouquet for Virgos, reflecting the qualities of this sign (which happens to be her Sun sign). Her bouquet is composed of pampas grass, scabiosa, scabiosa pods, pennisetum, and other florals. Here she shares her inspirations:
“Part dried elements, part fresh and seasonal, this bouquet is all about the intensely practical yet earthy Virgo! These fleurs are not thrown together in a loose bouquet (sorry Virgos, try as you may to let go, you just can’t resist an overarching design principle, with each ingredient in its particular place), this Virgo notwithstanding. The dried materials were things I found lying around my studio and thought to incorporate, so as not to waste. Not to mention I loved hearing their rustle as I worked with them. The fresh stems are pretty and a little bit wild, but even more appropriate for Virgo, of the season, meaning of the earth, now. Oh, and some prickly things worked in for good measure. We Virgos like things pointed, if pretty!"