I Am the Heroine of My Own Travel

THE WORLD
I travel naked and yet concealed. I am unafraid. There is sky for me to know and feel deeply… it is me for I am as free as I choose to be. I roar, soar in every space unseen before. I am steadfast in my convictions to follow truth and meaning. There are no cowards allowed here so rest your heads you demons, these wings are not frail at all.

JUDGMENT
The realization of freedom; the height and depth of it, bare. Coming out of hiding I blow my horn, a sound of victory. I am the encourager of my own spirit. I have opened up my eyes to feel the present moment and it is liberating. Clouds are meant to dance on and my shoes after knowing blood have turned to golden.

THE SUN
It is a new day. I ride the horse of knowing. My scarlet robe trails behind me. I am no longer haunted by the past despite the shadows. I begin as a new baby in a garden of hope and awareness. The sun of knowledge shares with me its expertise.

THE MOON
There have been walls, divided roads, discords, rivers of ambivalence, yet I feel a loving knowledge. I am able to overcome and judge my sorrow. I see the arguments, not to be owned, but understood. Awake in the middle of the night, clearing away the veil, the light shines brilliant into my darkened room.

THE STAR
Ten flowers of perfect form lift their heads toward the Universe and I embrace their fragrance. A perfect form with more abundance than I could possibly contain. I have lent myself to rotating motions, experienced the marvel and it is overwhelmingly magnificent.

THE TOWER
There has been destruction in my pathway. I have, in the past, felt confused and thus leaned into it. I need not topple to the ground, no, my path stretched on to higher elements of sound. I have felt a bitter belly and spit fire to overcome it.

TEMPERANCE
I have felt different sides and am most keenly aware of them. I feel strength of the water, the air, and am renewed. I am healed because I choose to walk awake and share the goodness of my healing. I fly.

DEATH
I have travailed but never for naught. I have traveled through barriers, over seas, and taken in scopes of understanding. Lost on occasion, but finally made aware because of my own awakening. There are gates to open along most fence lines. I give myself permission to step past death and embrace life. It is a simple breeze, understood because it is a miracle in the waiting.

THE HANGED MAN
I had been aloof to the gifts before me, entangled, distracted. Yet… I have my own choices that bring the victory of my spirits resurrection. It is as simple as that.

JUSTICE
All cards will fall, as they may, I need only care for the perfection of this moment; scents from flowers; raindrops on my tongue, breezes on my skin… I am alive. I am triumphant on the finish lines of every miracle I choose to embrace. Let judgments have their cycles.

VICTORY and THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
I have looked to all corners and innuendoes of life. It is clear, the pathway is simple and yet wonderfully complex. I feel the fortune of life in my own hands. It is mine.

5 Amazing Plant and Flower Facts

  1. Rafflesia Arnoldi– The world’s largest and rarest flower is from the jungles of Southeast Asia. The rafflesia arnoldi can reach a diameter of up to three feet and weigh as much as fifteen pounds. This heavy flower is pollinated by beetles and flies. It has no roots, leaves or stems and the disembodied blossom grows only as a parasite on the vines of another plant.The large single flower has no chlorophyll. The huge fleshy, fungus like petals are reddish-brown spotted with white. Very little is known about the rafflesia arnoldi because it is difficult to travel deep into the dense rainforest. It has been impossible to duplicate its environment in which it lives therefore it has been unattainable to grow it in confinement. When the flower is ready for reproduction it gives off a potent stench of decay to attract its insect pollinators. The flowers can be smelled long before they are seen. This rare flower is near extinction because of the destruction of its habitat, the rainforest.
  2. Water Lilies– The royal, or giant, water lily is one of the wonders of the plant world. On the Amazon River, their buds begin to open in the morning and by mid-afternoon are fully opened, staying open all night. Among all the blossoms, only one flower opens at a time. The huge leaves of the water lily can reach up to six feet across and are strong enough to support the weight of a child. Water lilies are probably the oldest group of flowering plants. The earliest known fossilized pollen originated from one of these plants about 140 million years ago.
  3. Bromeliad Plants– Bromeliads claim their home on tree branches. These types of plants are called epiphytic plants; flowers that cling on to other plants for support. The Tillandsia is a rootless bromeliad, a true “air” plant that lives on the nutrients in moist air. The bromeliad makes its home on the branches using their roots as anchorages only and not to take nourishment from their host.
  4. Moving Flowers– Plants do not have a nervous system, but they are capable of movement. Their rudimentary sensitivities can cause reactions to environmental factors such as light. This is called tropism and the movements are called tropism. Sunflowers are especially “phototropic”, growing in response to light. A field of sunflowers will follow the sun as it moves across the sky during the day. Keeping their “faces” to the sun ensures that the flowers mature, are pollinated and ripen their seeds. At night, the sunflower stems slowly return to their natural upright position. The individual sunflowers in a row will move at slightly different speeds, but overall will follow the same track.
  5. Century Plants– The Saguaro cactus, Carnegia gigantean, takes about 150 years to grow to a height of 36 feet. Young plants grow very slowly and may not bloom for 25 years. The saguaro’s habitat is the Sonoran Desert of California, Arizona and nearby Mexico.The largest saguaro has more than 5 arms, and is about 200 years old.This cactus has surprisingly shallow roots for its height and width. It is the home of the Gila woodpecker and the red-tailed hawk, among other wildlife.

Best Types of Flowers For Your Container Garden

What’s the best type of flower for your container garden? There are three essentials to consider:

The site: Where you garden is just as important as what you plant.

For instance, is your site one that gets 6-8 hours of sun a day? Great-you can grow all sorts of annuals, perennials, and vegetables that need this sustained amount of light.

Have a shade garden spot? How shady? A northern exposure is good to plant moss, and maybe some very low-light bloomers, but not much else. Other low-light locations offer many more options; in fact, there are loads of pretty flowers to plant in a shade garden.

In-between? Some sun in the morning and afternoon, but shade during most of the day? That’s ok-there are plenty of flowers and herbs you can grow in this setting.

How about weight? If you garden on the roof or balcony (or if you have hanging planters), weight is a factor in your garden planters. Use soilless potting mixtures and make sure to use outdoor planters within site weight tolerances.

Your Style: What types of flowers do you enjoy? When you look out your condo or apartment window, do you want to see a riot of color? Or are you in dire need of a calming Zen moment? Your flower choices will be based on the answers-and in these two cases, the plant selections couldn’t be more different!

If you tend toward lots of color and big, overflowing pots, try cascading petunias, or mounding tropical hibiscus. A more minimalist approach might be a monochromatic or bi-color palette, such as clay flower pots with lovely white calla lilies and trailing variegated ivy. Or perhaps a cloud-carved evergreen might be even better.

Your lifestyle: If you’re home a lot and love puttering in your garden, then lots of terra cotta pots (which dry out faster than cement or stone planters) filled with water-hogging flower types would be just fine for you. On the other hand, if you travel, or are just into low-maintenance living, maybe cacti and succulents are better choices.

Think through these issues. Your answers will define the sort of container garden that will please you.

Since sun and shade requirements are really important considerations, here are some container gardening ideas about what types of flowers you might use in three different light situations:

Full shade

  • Ferns. There are many fern varieties that thrive in shade gardens. Pick painted ferns with a silvery cast or other varieties in green. Ferns provide a refreshing look to your patio or deck planters.
  • Plantain lily (Hostas) are perennial flowers that occur in varieties that thrive from full shade to full sun. These big-leafed statement plants send up pretty spikes of blooms in white or lilac come midsummer. (partial shade, depending upon variety)
  • Patience Plant (Impatiens) are low-mounding prolific bloomers that glow in the shade. In warmer climates they’ll last year round and mound up quite tall. In cooler climates, they’re great shade annuals. (a part to full shade plant)

Part Shade

  • Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) are graceful low growers with scalloped-edged leaves and lime-green flowers. In the morning, dew collects in the leaves.
  • Caladium have lovely heart-shaped leaves in lots of colors, from white through pink, red, and green. Great potted up singly or as an accent with a variety of flower types. (partial shade to shade)
  • Pot Marigolds (Calendula officinalis) are very bright yellow to orange-colored annual flowers that provide blasts of color to garden planters. (tolerates part shade)
  • Coleus, Painted Nettle (Coleus blumeii). Like caladium, coleus is also a showy foliage plant available in lots of colors including purples, deep reds, lime-green, and yellow. Can grow to 18 inches in the right conditions.

Sun

  • Mandevilla (Mandevilla laxa) is a showy climbing tropical flower. Beautiful in pots with trellises, they bloom prolifically in shades of white through hot pink. (blooms best in full sun)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander) and Hibiscus, too, are wonderful when trained as standards with three-foot trunks topped by glossy green leaves and big flowers. Both types of flowers can be purchased in spring at most nurseries.
  • African Daisy (Osteospermum) is just one type of daisy that blooms well in containers.
  • Geranium (Pelargonium) and Petunias are two types of flowers that come in a variety of colors, bloom in full sun but can tolerate part shade, and come in flower types that both trail or grow upright. A summer container staple.
  • Fanflower (Scaevola) is a wonderful trailing fan-shaped flower that thrives in sun and comes in both white and lavender.

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