According to spiritual leaders and healers people are like varied flower species in nature and have a happy or sad disposition along with a honest and strong personality like a sunflower. Just as people change due to circumstances and can be both prickly or warm and bright, the cactus too is hard and thorny but sometimes blooms the most colourful flowers that are unique in design and shape. While there are several tests to compare an individual’s personality to a flower, there are a few that compare human nature to cactus plants and their flowers.
We have done a little personality test with cactus plants that people keep as house plants as they require little maintenance to see if they reflect the owner's nature.
Bright colours embody happiness and these brightly coloured yellow pots with a dark green cactus plant show that you are a happy soul. Usually staircases are dull and empty spaces with a picture or two making people hurry through the area but this uniquely arranged staircase section with bright pots and industrial style lamps hanging down fill the soul with gladness. Pleasing sunshine yellow lamps and pots create joyous and energetic atmosphere here which invokes feelings of cheer against the backdrop of the open sky visible near the staircase. Though cactus depict harsh desert climate here they make the beholder smile as they spill their greenery across the rims of bright yellow pots.
Geometric shapes have an unmistakable mystical quality about them that is fascinating and when these are combined with the exotic cactus the combination is truly amazing. While the cactus can thrive in this atmosphere as moisture remains within the terrarium, you are saved from watering it as only once a week or fortnightly are enough as long as it is opened on a regular basis and exposed to sunlight. Keeping an exotic plant within a terrarium in minimalist style is looked upon as a sign of mysticism as it is nestled within a beautiful enclosure and considered a symbol of positive atmosphere by ancient Chinese decorating principle Feng Shui. Large and small houseplants are considered positive for the house as they absorb electromagnetic waves and create peaceful environment and in these geometric terrariums they make a stunning addition to the décor in every room.
Large pots are good for plants that grow deep roots like a cactus to conserve water. Cactus plants have a luscious and glorious appearance and are rightly set up in these large pots built into the wall that give them space to expand deep into the soil to sustain themselves. Keeping large pots in the garden is also said to signify that the owner or designer of the garden has wild spirit as it gives the plant within, large scope to grow and explore its horizons. Just as a free spirited individual requires a safe anchor that gives it freedom to explore the world around and come back to safety, a large pot allows the plant to grow to its full natural size as it can safely expand roots to anchor itself to the large pot.
Masculine soul is generally protective by nature and you are not likely to see men wearing light flowery colours. Dark tones and pure metals like copper and steel signify strength that is synonymous with masculinity and so a person with affinity for these metals is considered as a protective person. The cactus here is sheltered within a dark metal flower pot and balanced on an attractively designed three legged copper table.
In large cities wherein space is a constraint small gardens are an attractive option if you want to maintain greenery. When you have a small garden either on a small patch of land before your house or even in a large bowl the serenity that surrounds the area shows the owner’s spiritual side. This attractive designed mini garden arranged by Currados set up in a large porcelain bowl has got an eclectic mix of plants comprising of succulents and cactus.
Scandinavian personality refers to general behavior of people in Nordic region which comprises of not trusting strangers, reserved but a calm personality and confident nature. Stark monochrome tones of black and white signify an individual of great courage and innovation that is emphasized by cactus in the pot. Just like Scandinavia that is covered by snow most times of the year and people remain disconnected with each other but are self-sufficient, these white pots with individual cactus plants appear happy in their own surroundings.
Visualizing a hanging garden like this requires creative genius and it has an ability to grab viewers’ attention at first glance. People also create a hanging garden by using metal hangers to suspend the planters and increase visual appeal. This home owner has creatively decorated the drab backyard by using a mix of small and large planters and setting up wooden platforms to create a relaxing atmosphere. By using discarded planks of packing boxes the designer has created an innovative backdrop to hang the flower pots that are smartly painted in silver.
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