I'm not actually suggesting a new holiday. It's just a clever name for my post. Although I wouldn't mind this being a holiday - I already celebrate it everyday.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="The National Weather Center - across the street from where I work."][/caption]
[For those who are interested, I work on the research campus at the University of Oklahoma. The research campus is made up of about six buildings built over the last 5 years. These buildings are filled with academics, government groups and private companies (like the one I work for). The anchor of the research campus is the National Weather Center.]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Aglaonema and a palm tree in the fourier of my office building"][/caption]
My office building (like the others on the campus) is a nice, new facility that has lots of plants in the hallways and office suites. Plants are added for decoration, as well as to help purify air in the office environment. This is a pretty trendy thing nowadays, and I guess it has been for quite a while. What's cool for me is that some of my favorite plants are those common plants kept as easy-care foliage plants (such as the Aglaonema pictured above).
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Ficus tree, Sanseveira (short pot) and a very cool Philodendron"][/caption]
All of the plants are in really nice, huge pots. And the plants are grouped in twos or threes. This is my favorite grouping. I walk by it each morning on my way up the stairs. The Philodendron is so cool. I think I might have to ask one of the plant maintainers if I could get a cutting...
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Close-up of the really cool Philodendron in the stairwell."][/caption]
Other common plants in the office building are Dracaenas, Epipremnum ivies and large Bird of Paradise. Here is a nice grouping of two Dracaenas in the hallway.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Two tall Dracaena warneckii plants in the hallway."][/caption]
Of course, being the planty guy that I am, all of these great plants scattered throughout the building aren't enough for me. I have my own set of plants on my desk: Philodendron hederaceum ('Micans'), Polyscias scutellaria, Scindapsus pictus, Aglaonema sp. I used to have a Philodendron 'Brazil' on my desk, but it got too large and had to be taken home.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="A shield Aralia (Polyscias scutellaria) on my desk next to the computer monitor."][/caption]
The shield Aralia was a birthday gift the first year I started working here, so it's now about 2 years old and has grown a lot. I've heard that these plants are a little finicky and hard to keep. No doubt it probably would not be as healthy as it is today if I wasn't looking at it 5 days a week! The office environment (and my constant watching eye) has apparently suited it well.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="Philodendron hederaceum 'Micans'"][/caption]
My Philodendron 'Micans' is starting to grow as rapidly as my Philodron 'Brazil' did. It had to be taken home when our company moved and my desk space was reduced. I really like it's rate of growth, but I hope the 'Micans' can stick around a while longer.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="Scindapsus pictus and Aglaonema on my desk."][/caption]
In addition to all sorts of health benefits in the office space, plants just make me happy and my work space would be depressing without them.
Do you keep any plants in your workspace? Or does anyone else in your office?