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July 23, 2012

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Nature is Perfection

Swedish House Mafia – GREYHOUND

July 19, 2012

Lotus Seed Pod

June 25, 2012

Green Maiden lotus seed pod. Click on image to view larger.

Container Water Gardening Bliss

June 24, 2012

Purple Lilly Pond

I am so glad my spouse talked me into using the above ground container approach as opposed to digging a hole in the ground in our backyard. The agreement was …we wound see how it went as a test case with the option to expand later if successful and easy to manage long term.

Using aboveground containers allows me to see up close and very personal all the plant and animal activity at eye level.  A ground level pond seems like it would be less visual and interactive as a hobby. Being a scientist myself I enjoy learning how stuff works. I am constantly looking up and learning new stuff.

There are just a few challenges … managing water quality, mosquitos breeding in standing/stagnant water and rapid algae growth (up to 5 feet a day). Using the container approach water quantities are smaller and easier to manipulate and maintain utilizing small water plants known to filter the  waste nutrients from the water rather than a physical mechanical filtration system.

I keep Mosquito Fish in my containers and they eat the mosquito larve before they grow into flying mosquitos that can transmit infected blood that can cause serious diseases/death to humans and animals. Another mosquito management approach I found at most nurseries is a product called Mosquito Dunks. Biological mosquito control ie not a man made chemical and won’t hurt fish or aquatic plants.

Algae grows rapidly in sunlight and standing water and appears in three basic forms in pond like environments (1)green water- single celled free floating makes pond look like “pea soup” (2) the long thin green string or hair like type and (3) slime – the kind that grows on the sides of container and rocks etc.  I am mainly growing Lotus plants and Lilly plants which thrive in a still environment so a waterfall or moving stream  design are a bit incompatible unless you have lots of property to provide both together.

All this information is available via the internet with simple searches.

A list of plants shown in the Large Water Pot – Lindsey Woods Purple Lilly, Parrots Feather, Dwarf Parrots Feather, Mosaic plant, Water Hyacinth, floating clover and Azzolla.  A Bamboo fountain that utilizes a small “micro” water pump (25-30 gals/hr).  The one shown is a solar fountain pump and only works in direct sunlight (tho it has a long cord and can be easily moved around) and we love it, tho at night no sound of water trickling.

Almost any container can be turned into a water garden by simply plugging the whole of any pot using GE Water Proof Silicone.

Bricks are used in large pots to raise/adjust the plant water level needed for each plant to thrive.  Most aquatic plants are kept in containers and don’t typically get planted or grow from “the bottom of a pond” as one would suspect.  Water plants don’t typically co-mingle in the same shared soil similar to the way land plants do.  In nature there is a natural transition from pond bottom to shallower water then into Bog plants.

 

Cactus Flower Visitor

June 22, 2012

I watched the large black bees hover and enter both cactus flowers landing on the multitude of pollenated stamens then rolling and bobbing around in and on them like a kid in a jump house.

It was so entertaining to watch as he appeared to be intoxicated walking and falling all over  inside then buzzing away.

Cactus Flower Visitor

Nature is Perfection.

June 22, 2012

I have been watching the timing, appearance of and positioning of the aerial foliage ( ie the leaves that stand above the water) and as the book Lotus: Know it and Grow it briefly mentions that a flower bud can be expected shortly there after. The aerial foliage once unfurled  continues to grow in size i.e. diameter, and continues to move, adjusting the leafs’ angle and pitch several times a day like a satelight dish tuning-in a signal.

Inside each tiny seed holds the genetic coding for the orchestration of each event. The seed pod from my first Lotus Green Maiden appear ready to drop its’ seeds any day. I will make a seperate post about the seed pod. The Lotus seed pod may look familiar as it is often used in dried flower arrangements because of its exotic appearance.

Two Lotus Buds Emerge

June 19, 2012

This picture shows four (4) Lotus Buds in 3 different container pots.

The front pot has two Lotus buds. ( at 5 O’clock and 10 O’clock)

I discovered the second bud just tonight. Things grow so fast in the water garden and I am constantly surprised.

 

Cactus Finally Flowers – 6 Years Later… Worth The Wait!

June 17, 2012
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Nikki’s Post on Facebook

June 12, 2012
Nikki’s Post on Facebook

Many have said to me that they know people who were always very positive thinkers, but they still got sick, how do I explain that. My point has always...

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Scully My Cat

June 12, 2012
Scully reaches out

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Stewardship of our Animals and Compassionate Euthanasia – Nikki’s Facebook Post

June 12, 2012

Stewardship of our Animals and Compassionate Euthanasia

During the last 6 months of my practice, I have been inundated with both animals and people
that have crossed over. In my own life I have lost 2 of my beloved long time animal companions.
As stewards and guardians of our animal family members, one of the most gut wrenching
decisions that we are entrusted to make is whether or not and when to use compassionate euthanasia.

The most universal questions that I am asked are:
Is it time yet?
How will I know?
Shall I let them do it on their own?
When should I assist them?

Animal communication can open a dialogue where you can send and receive answers to those difficult questions.
None of these are easy to answer and from my experience, there is no “standard” answer.
Each Being is unique. Each relationship is unique.

My personal philosophy is to be in touch with your intuition, your gut, your guidance by being in the moment with your animal’s process.
The mind and the heart race. Breathing helps to ground our reactivity and dread while cultivating receptivity.
Having trust and faith in the depth of your connection helps.

Drop into that connection and breath life into it knowing that it will reflect back to you what to do moment to moment and lead the process with clarity.

Read their eyes and their body language. It will tell you all that you need to know.
The hardest thing I have found is to not project our fears and anxieties onto their process.
Most of them don’t fear death the way humans do.
.When we are in the moment, we can engage with and participate in the process of a death transition in a way that is conscious-despite the complexity and turbulence of emotions.

If we are less conscious and more at the mercy of our intense emotions, that too, is perfection.
The perfection comes from the willingness to accept our and our animals process-even if the process is turbulent, raw and emotional.
Acceptance opens us to what is and when that happens, solutions and ways of being become possible for us.
I had so many regrets and misgivings over how and when my dog passed.
With hindsight, I can see that the circumstances that we dealt with, even though I would not have wanted them to play out the way they did, were perfect -because she went out in her more excitable Sophie way and that was congruent with her personality.
She died the way she lived-which was perfect for who she was and it honored her choices.
When I could accept what I felt was a chaotic euthanasia, I could smile at the perfection of it all.
It is never easy saying good bye to our animal family members.
What I found can support the process is to:

  1. Open yourself to what is in your animal’s best and highest good by quieting the mind and through intention.
  2. Give them permission to “leave their body”.
  3. Take time to listen to your vet’s wisdom and knowledge.
  4. Get clear about your feelings about what is humane and ethical.
  5. Get clear about how far you are willing to let your animal go into their process with and without assistance.
  6. Listen to your heart.
  7. Listen to your heart.
  8. Listen to your heart.
  9. And for the times you need some extra support, call a trusted animal communicator.

Water Hyacinth Flower

June 6, 2012

Water Hyacinth Flower

Water Hyacinth is an Invasive Pest Plant.

Infestation of Water Hyacinth

Non-Native

Water hyacinth is native to South America but has naturalized much of the Southern U.S.

Water hyacinth is a free-floating perennial plant that can grow to a height of 3 feet. The dark green leave blades are circular to elliptical in shape attached to a spongy, inflated petiole. Underneath the water is a thick, heavily branched, dark fibrous root system. The water hyacinth has striking light blue to violet flowers located on a terminal spike. Water hyacinth is a very aggressive invader and can form thick mats. If these mats cover the entire surface of the pond they can cause oxygen depletions and fish kills. Water hyacinths should be controlled so they do not cover the entire pond.

Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus” for many aquatic invertebrates. Water hyacinth has no known direct food value to wildlife and is considered a pest species.

source: AquaPlant

Water Hyacinth are common in ponds and water gardens as they biologically filter the water for nutrients while producing oxygen. Water Plants that produce oxygen are referred to as “oxygenators”. Water lettuce is also a commonly used oxygenator however it does not produce flowers. Water Gardens are complete ecosystems unto themselves. You may notice the water clarity in my container water garden are amazing even without any moving water or any physical filtration methods.