Boronias grow as low shrubs in open forests and woodlands and belong to a family of approximately 95 species Australia wide. The species of Boronia chosen for my particular design - Boronia safrolifera (or commonly known as Safrole Boronia) - grows mostly in south-east Australia in moist soils but can also be found in protected areas of swamp regions of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. It has a pretty and dainty star-like shaped flower ranging in colour from deep to pale pink with a beautiful perfume which is harvested for its well-known essential oil qualities and strongly-scented aromatic leaves commonly used in potpourri. An interesting fact is that the Boronia was named after an 18th century Italian botanist Fransesco Borone.
My cross stitched boronia measures 54 x 78mm (if stitched on 14 point Aida) or 30 stitch width x 43 stitch height dimensions and consists of 9 colours. Small white and lemon french knots placed in the centre of each open flower complete the design. Easily and quickly stitched, this design would be beautiful for any floral enthusiast.
'Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength' - Francis de Sales