The flowering beech has so complex a structure that it is difficult to number. But the seeds make everything clear. We have two seeds in every pod and the pod itself has a clear four-fold geometry. So Beech has numbers of two and four. The seeds themselves are modelled on the tetrahedron so they are three-sided and four-pointed. Four is traditionally associated with the earth, four cardinal directions, four seasons etc. So what does this say about Beech as a Bach essence? This emotional state is earth-bound and outward looking. Bach says we are critical of others and want to correct imperfections. But it is interesting to note which other essences number in fours: Mustard and Heather.
Purple now rules the colours. Gentian and Heather are the tail end of the essence-making year. Both take me to beautiful locations with breath-taking views. The solitary beauty is amazing. Heather dominates the scene, pushing out other species. Gentian struggles to find a place amidst the grasses and late flowers (euphrasia). ‘Not now rhyme and rhythm, not now joy and song, the growing days are over, the seed to come.’ Oh Yes! The other one is Rosa admiring the scene.
But this is a basket of fruit just picked from the Cherry Plum trees. The flower picture was taken 9th March this year. You can just see the bee at work pollinating the flowers which is why we had such a good crop of fruit. Last time we had a basketful like this was 2006 and it was used to make jam for the speakers at The Cromer Conference. Ooops! No it was August 2011 as I now see looking back at the blog.