There is a Sky Resources guide that should get you from any island to sapling and dirt, then the better questing book takes over. Search controls for the Sky Resources guide hotkey, make sure it doesn't conflict with anything.
Once you get your first black petal you can plant it in grass or dirt, then bonemeal to grow a tall flower, then shear that to get it as an item. You can turn tall flower items into 4 petals. Net gain is 3 petals. You can repeat this process as needed to 4x your petals (or flowers) each time.
Would also be useful to survey which lesser mods NOT to remove. BiblioCraft is definitely useful, providing a system to copy enchanted books. Open Blocks provides fans which is one of the way to move mobs in an automated spawner. Random things provides all sorts of useful gadgets. On the other hand, Endermen Evolution mostly is a nuisance (if there was a way, mid game, to stop Endermen spawning, that could be manageable), Ender Zoo is not so useful, and I don't know anything MagnetiCraft offers not in Immersive Engineering, Thermal Expansion or Ender IO.
Is anyone else having issues with the 3.4.1 version where even after completing the entire page of quests the next part (on staged mode) doesn't unlock... I've kinda been playing it off by just going into edit mode and unlocking the next stage for me and a few others who play on my server but this is getting boring real fast having to do it for every stage their is...
I am currently at "A basic factory: which says I need to complete Diamond spikes and Automated breaking (I have not only done that but completed EVERY page up until this point) but nothing is unlocking... when I go into edit mode, there's lots of hidden quests that just don't seem to unlock I'm guessing those are the unlock "keys" for the next stages... if anyone can help i'd really appreciate it otherwise ima just close the server and scrap the pack which would be a shame as I'm really enjoying it!
I was having the same problem with 3.4.1. Try the 18.104.22.168 update. It seems to have fixed the issues I was having with 3.4.1. I haven't completed an unlocking quest yet, but the quests I have completed are automatically being recognized. Also, all the broken recipes in 3.4.1 appear to be fixed as well. I'll post again once I unlock a new stage.