I Know Why The Caged Birds Sings

I Know why the caged birds sings.                                                                                                             For the sign of hope that tomorrow brings.

PhotobucketI know why the caged bird won’t fly.                                                                                              Because he rests on the soul of life and if he flies away he will surely die.

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But tell me please, oh someone please,  please tell me                                                             because I just don’t understand why that one little caged bird cries.                                            Is he sad, is he lonely, is he discombobulated? 

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Jamal Brown

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Plant Collection

Before photography collecting plants was my hobby. I went to places here in Bicol just to look for these plants. Ive been to Albay, to Daet and the neighboring towns in Camarines Sur. It was tiring but fun traveling by motorcycle. Sometimes with my dad. Together with experience of buying was meeting other hobbyists…………………..  I lost my interest collecting when most of my precious collection were stolen from my garden. So I decided to stop.

Facts from the net.

The genus Cryptanthus consists of about 50 terrestrial species commonly called earth stars because of their shape.  The plants have low-spreading rosettes of six to 20 leaves.  The succulent usually tooth-edged leaves may be spoon-shaped, lance-shaped, or triangular, from three to twelve inches (8-30 cm) in length.  Most are in the three- to six-inch (8-15 cm) range.  They are usually strongly banded or frosted with gray, white or bronze, and many cultivars have a pink to red background color.  The various hybrids show a rainbow of colors, and the most popular cultivars have very elaborate banding with sharp zigzag patterns.  The white (sometimes light green or pink) flowers appear in the center and from between the leaves, a few at a time.  They are so popular that there is a separate Cryptanthus Society affiliated with The Bromeliad Society.

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LIGHT:  About 2500 to 3000 foot candles of light is appropriate for most, which translates to 55 % to 75% shade cloth in sunny climates.  With too little light, foliage color and strong markings fail to develop.  At the other extreme, too much light bleaches foliage colors.  They do well on patios where the area is lit by morning or afternoon sun but not directly on the plants.  The colors change with the seasons and amount of light.

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TEMPERATURE:  Cryptanthus tolerate a temperature range from 40° F to over 100°F (4° to 38° C).  Optimum growth occurs between 60 to 85 ° F (15° to 30° C).

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AIR:  Cryptanthus prefer at least moderate humidity and perform well when grown on or near the ground among ferns or begonias, or close to ponds.

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WATERING:   Keep the medium moist at all times.  Cryptanthus suffer if they dry out for extended periods.  Photobucket

POTTING AND MOUNTING:  Cryptanthus are true terrestrials; they do not absorb water or nutrients through their leaves.  They develop strong root systems and are not suitable for mounting.  They prefer a more water-retentive medium than most other bromeliads, but it still must drain rapidly.  Do not underpot; at least a five  or six inch pot is recommended.  Use a loose, porous medium rich in peat moss or other organic material.

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FEEDING:  They respond well to generous fertilizing.  Growers recommend adding slow-release fertilizer to the potting mix and feeding with liquid fertilizer as well.

 

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PROPAGATION.  Offsets of some cultivars may be a little reluctant to establish.  Propagate in spring or summer.  It helps to remove the dry, rudimentary leaves at the base of the pup in order to expose the tiny root buds.

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(Reprinted from Bromeliads A Cultural Manual, The Bromeliad Society, Inc.)

The Prayer plant is really a quite amazing plant. Its foliage is mainly a dark green with red variations of veins running through them. The amazing part of the Prayer plant is that at night, the leaves fold up. Just like it’s praying! This plant is available in many varieties including Herringbone and Rabbits Tracks. The main foliage colors vary depending on the variety. This plant is a nice small, compact houseplant, perfect for windowsills! It adapts very well to indoor temperatures, making it a great addition to your room.

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The African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha) can be one of the most satisfying flowering houseplants. It is a low, compact plant with attractive dark green, thick, hairy leaves. The violet-like flowers are borne in small panicles just above the foliage. Cultivars are available with pink, fuschia and white flowers, as well as the more traditional shades of blue-violet. Newer violets include cultivars with semi-double or double rows of petals. Bi-colored flowers and those with a contrasting border are popular. Trailing cultivars and miniatures are also available. Plants kept in good condition flower almost continuously.

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home based

Wonder Why We Ever Go Home

Years grow shorter, not longer
The more you’ve been on your own
Feelin’s for movin’ grow stronger
So you wonder why you ever go home
Wonder why you ever go home

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People are movin’ so quickly
Humor’s in need of repair
Same occupations and same obligations
They’ve really go nothing to share
Like drivin’ around with no spare

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River gets deeper not shallow
The further you move down the stream
Wonderin’ if I can keep her
As I race to catch up with my dreams
How they shine and glitter and gleam

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Years grow shorter, not longer
The more you’ve been on your own
Feelin’s for movin’ grow stronger
So you wonder why you ever go home
Wonder why you ever go home
You wonder why you ever go home

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By: jimmy buffett

C e l e b r a t i n g t h e F i r s t Y e a r

FIRST SUNRISE, FIRST LOVE

My Heart facing the Horizon,
My eyes seeing the Sun rising
As this feeling rises in my Being
Disabling in me the Reason.

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The Sun rising heats up my soul.
This Heat causes my heart to beat.
This beat should cause our paths to meet
Though their first crossing made me fool.
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As the Sun enlightens the Earth,
So does Love cause my Heart to flame.
In this feeling there is no shame
Free in my Heart and Soul to surf.
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This mood changes my character
Her image fuses with the Sun
And I face it and start to run
Going to my Love to conquer.
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Guy Thierry TENKOUANO

her first taste of naga

She tastes like rain

She is like the cool rain from a spring storm
I feel the thunder has her body moves from deep with in
Has I taste her rain drop’s
The thunder pounds deep with in my soul

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You open your eye’s
She smiles has you look in to her sky’s
But then thats when you feel her thunder deep within
You close your eye’s again
She takes me back to a place I have once have been

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She pulls me close and deep within
Then she screams from deep inside

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She strikes down upone me
Like lighting from the sky
Only to start a burning deep inside
I can not hide
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When the rain and the thunder stops
We both lay has hour glass shape’s
In the break of the morning day light

brian adolf