Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hybrid Fuchsia

Fuchsia x hybrida is called commonly Hybrid Fuchsia or simply Fuchsia, and is a fairly easy to grow plant with a variety to choose from. Propagation is also easy from stems. It can grow within containers, with many growing this species of fuchsia within a hanging basket.

It is an evergreen shrub that can grow in either partial or full shade and with a preference to moist soil. Flowering can happen throughout the year and depending on the variety of this Fuchsia, its flowers can be red, pink, purple or white. Height and width can be up to a metre each.

Monday, January 30, 2012


On occasion, personal interest awakenings for a specific thing; it could be a food, a subject, a plant. Recently it has been necromancy. Personally, I never learnt much about necromancy and have little knowledge on it thanks to difficulty in the past gaining information on it. This leaves me only being able to practice it to a small extent if wished, an annoying problem for now seeing as access to the internet is readily available.

Necromancy has really taken my interest, with time not being greatly on my side for the time being. Not an unusual situation, yet one meaning I shouldn’t worry much about the practice of necromancy as I am keeping my eyes on other subjects. Is there time for personal practice? Some time for practice and even the study of. It’ll be interesting to see how far I actually take this if chosen to practice.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dai Jikoku-tenno

Dai Jikoku-tenno is one of the Four Heavenly Kings, with his name meaning “Great Heavenly King Upholder of the Nation” and the deity of the east. Dai Jikoku-tenno is the most powerful of the Four Heavenly Kings and acts to protect the world.

His appearance is of an armoured man, with a helmet and wind-blown scarves. His skin is green and often has an expression described as wrathful. He carries a stringed instrument, which is a reminder to follow the Middle Way, and if not his instrument a sword.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Totem: Ram

The ram may be the male of a species of the sheep, but its lessons are however different but remain similar. This makes knowing the lessons of both useful.

To look at openings at beginnings and opportunities, along with the changes that come with these comes as a prominent lesson of the ram totem. Taking the lunge at either quick shall prove worthwhile, with opportunities best grabbed quickly.

Just as the horns of the ram grow, allowing curiosity and mental growth to develop is of virtue. This fuels strength of the mind as the years progress. Using curiosity and one’s mind is not of negativity, but of positive influence. It allows the mind to be stimulated further.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Arachis hypogaea is a plant with many common names including peanut, groundnut, earthnuts, goober peas, monkey nuts, pygmy nuts and pig nuts. Despite it being called a nut, it is a legume that grows up to 50cm tall. It has small yellow flowers 2-4cm across that self-pollinates.

Full sun, moist and sandy-loam soil preferred by this plant. It can grow in sand, loam and clay soils, whether it is acidotic, neutral or alkaline. The peanut has the ability to grow in either very acidic or alkaline soils and although it enjoys moist soils, it cannot stand water logged soils.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Year

Welcome Lunar New Year! Finally year of the Water Dragon, where this lunar year is said be a good one. At least I hope it will be a good lunar year. The Tai Sui for this year is known as Peng Tai and his direction is South-East, where it is recommended to not sit or sleep facing that direction for the year.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Aizen Myoo

Aizen Myoo is the deity of love (romantic sexual love in particular) and lust suppression, having the ability to turn lust into spiritual awakening. Of depicted with a ferocious appearance with hair like flames, red skin, six arms, a third eye and a lions head in his hair, Aizen Myoo is a deity who tries to benefit mankind.

Aizen Myoo’s skin was originally white but due to his compassion for living beings, tears of compassion flowed throughout his body. His skin became tinted and hence red.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Totem: Emu

The emu is the flightless bird of Australia, with its size rivalling the ostrich but is the smaller of the two. It has two strong legs, allowing it to run quickly and walk far. A nomadic creature, the emu relies on plants and insects to survive.

As a nomadic bird, the emu does teach that adventures can soon be near. Why not explore and try to find what is sought after? It may be of ease as it may also be of difficultly, but exploring for particular things will be of various challenges.

The emu promotes great spiritual growth through what is needed to achieve such, hard work. To achieve greatness within anything, hard work is of necessity. This however does not mean one should grow arrogant, but remain humble.

Emus use stones to help themselves with digestion. As the emu does this, it teaches the power of stone magic, how to access the powers of stones and crystals.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Prickly Tea-Tree

Leptospermum continentale is the botanical name of a variable shrub known as Prickly Tea-Tree. Its height and width will be 2m typically, but its shape and size can be of variation. Its flowers are 1cm in diameter and most are coloured white but some will be pale pink. These flowers grow in late spring to early summer.

A hardy plant, it tolerates most soils. It takes preference in light shade, and does not well in highly wet, dry or shady conditions. It takes tolerance of drought and to an extent also frost and coastal areas.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Daikoku

Daikoku is one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan, being a deity of wealth, darkness, the household, kitchen, trade, the earth, agriculture, rice and farmers. Easily recognizable as he wears a flat black hat and carries a sack and hammer. It is not uncommonly for Daikoku to be depicted standing on bales of rice.

Another of the Seven Lucky Gods, Ebisu, is often paired up with Daikoku and as such, if the two are not depicted alone or with the other Seven Lucky Gods the two will be most likely depicted together. This stems from Ebisu being the son of Daikoku. Rats happen to be the animal associated with Daikoku, and is at times seen in depictions of the deity.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Totems: Ladybug

The ladybug is well known for being a creature that helps rid of aphids, but certain varieties of ladybugs can be pests themselves.

As an insect it may seem weak, it is however a strong creature in its own right. It teaches to defend oneself when needed and to be clear with warnings. For the ladybug it is wrong to attack others, but it is fine to defend.

To allow things come at a pace of its own doing when fulfilling dreams or wishes is only natural. It is not good to try to be hasty or to try too hard, it will cause one to tire easily and possibly too soon. The ladybug recognises the power of allowing time to help over the use of haste.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

English Box

Buxus sempervirens is the botanical name of a popular hedging plant. Its common name is English Box and is a slow growing shrub that is evergreen and has a dense growth that makes it alike to a living fence or wall. It can grow 1.5m in height and 50cm in width.

While it is tolerant of shade, drought and frost, it cannot tolerate high summer temperatures. Cooler climates and full sun is the preference for the English box. While the English box can grow in sand, loam and clay, it grows best in loam and it is preferable to avoid growing it in either sand or clay. Little water is needed for this particular plant.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Summer Joys

Summer being summer, the weather has been filled with clouds and rain with more expected. The joys of Melbourne weather to say the least; certainly giving help in keeping the garden well watered, just not so great if a day out is wanted.

Summer being the time of certain foods, it is also the time of year where blackberries are fruiting. As annoying as blackberries are as a plant and as a problem within Australia, it is nice to be able to find some blackberry plants with ripe fruit on it. Free is free. Just the fun of finding blackberry plants now if fruit is wanted.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Radigast is a Slavic god, of hospitality, the sun, war, fertility, crops and the harvest. His name is also spelt Radegast, Redigast, Riedegost and Radogost. He carries with his a two-headed axe, a bulls head on his chest and wears a flying swan on his head. He is also thought to have invented beer.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Totem: Falcon

The falcon flies high and can change direction suddenly. A fast bird which looks for possibly prey on perch or within the skies, diving at it amazing speeds to capture its next meal.

Know how to recognize opportunities, and take them with knowledge of all possibilities of what is to come. The falcon teaches where to know opportunities and how to take them is in high regard to this bird.

Just as recognizing opportunities are taught, patience is of great importance. Just as one waits opportunities to arise, patience will be needed in the search. Going far with opportunities will not occur if one is impatient.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi)

Physalis alkekengi is the botanical name of one of the plants with the common name of Chinese Lantern, this is due to the shape of the bright orange to red covering over its fruit resembling lanterns. It also has the common names of Bladder Cherry, Japanese Lantern and Winter Cherry.

A perennial plant, it grows typically between 40 and 90cm tall and spread of 60cm to 90cm. Full sun or partial shade will be needed, the soil can however be sand, loam or clay and alkaline neutral or acid. In dryer climates, watering will be needed.

Its fruit are alike to cherry tomatoes in appearance and are high in Vitamin C. However, if the fruit is unripe it can be poisonous. Flowers are white and appear in mid-summer.

As an ornamental plant, it should be kept well as it has an invasive nature thanks to its root system. Its root system allows for it to send up new shoots distance away from where it was originally grown.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year

The sun may have been blocked by the clouds late last year, but it currently shines down upon this newer year. 2012 may be a year of where it is claimed that the world shall end, yet alike to many other years the world was to end, the years events were able to live on, to be told to others. The only differences with this end of the world are how it is supposed to end and how seriously it is taken. As far as many justly view it, as 2012 comes to a close, 2013 shall arise from what the previous year gave it. Now is where people can simply watch as 2012 pass, where the events of the year are to be seen unfolding.