Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My little office garden

If you are born a gardener, you will always be a gardener! (I read somewhere!)


Most of you will agree with me on that. Some of you read my post about My 5th Floor Window, where i take many sunset photos for Skywatch Friday. Despite lack of space I planted garlic there, which somehow extremely elongated for lack of sunshine, as i am away most of the days with windows closed. Stems elongate and colors are etiolated when sunlight is limiting. 


In the office I am more fortunate, as I have the 1.5 x 1.5 m glass window facing sunrise. Here, I have the only window with a forest, as I fondly call it. I tied the solid curtains for morning light to freely get through and planted mostly dwarf Sansevieria. In the past i have Tillandsia cyane, but after 2 years with one flowering, the office cleaner watered it after a hot sun, which killed it. Because the office is closed on weekends my plants go through weekly fasting, water fast to be exact. One reason I planted Sansevierias is because they are said to be pollution controllers. I planted very small seedlings, and now have already shared some pups to some officemates. Can you count how many variants I have?



 




These reflections produce some mimics in my mind believing I have wider gardens in my care, with more plants! The mind doesn't have emotion, it thrives on face value!


You will also see amaryllis at the left of the above photo. However, it hates partial shade and becomes lanky with very few leaves. An Ardisia is shown below, which i always pinch to suppress growth. It was placed here with lots of berries 3 years ago, but did not attempt to flower again despite the cold air inside the building. I agree it has been deprived of both sunlight and nutrients. It is not happy with me, but i am happy with it! In my little corner of the world i have personal Oxygen Generators! ....oh that struck something! If i will have a plant store i will name it as "Oxygen Generators". What do you say?


23 comments:

  1. Your Sansiviera look very healthy. I'm surprised you have that many varieties. Where do you find the space left for work?

    I see you have a Agriculture Research book. :)

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  2. I love this plant. What a wonderful variety you have! I'm terrible with Mother-In-Law's Tongue. I water it too much.

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  3. One - it is not a book. I am on the 3rd floor and that blue thing like a book is a roof of a vehicles cover with label in front as Bureau of Agricultural Research! hahaha. That is a reflection of the ground below. My plants occupies one line on the window sill plus a small table 1 ft wide.

    Rohrerbot - i wonder why you can't grow yours nicely, mine thrives on neglect and almost without sunlight. The long variety here planted on the ground are just left there on their own, not getting any care at all. Maybe it's in the temperature, as Sansevieria is difficult to kill.

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  4. Hiiiiiii Andrea, Yeh I know its been long. Was a little caught up n am likely to be away for a while though I will try n keep up with a your blog as n when I can. The id of the flower pic on my blog @ its Calliandra aka powderpuff.

    Must say your office garden is lovely with quite a few beautiful varieties of plants enhancing the ambiance n adding a touch of green.

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  5. I only ever see one kind of Sansiveria around here, you have so many varieties. They are an easy plant to grow because they can withstand just about any conditions other than over watering.

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  6. You've got a lovely collection of Sanseverias there Andrea :)

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  7. Looks like you have done really well with a small amount of space for your 'garden'.... It's hard to want to be a gardener--and have no space for one...

    Great pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  8. Donna's comment has me worrying about my Sanseveria. Too much rains these days and more to come.

    How come I did not get to see your office garden in person? ;-P

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  9. You make me smile with your private garden... especially how you double it in reflection! LOL!

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  10. You really have a green thumb.

    I am posting flowers today and I cannot ID most of them so I came here to ask you my botanical guru to come and see if you can ID those flowers. Thanks.

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  11. I suppose gardeners look everywhere to expand their gardens, even in high rises! How nice that you are allowed your oxygen generators! Great name for a plant store!

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  12. How cool that you have a thriving ecosystem for cheer and health. I bet the smiles you get from the plants clear your mind for work.

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  13. Ever Green Tree - thank you so much, but actually i realized that on my own after posting my comment. Yes i've seen variants somewhere, it's just of different color that eludes my memory, haha.

    GWGT - I wonder why others had difficulty handling Sansevieria. Ours in the province planted as hedges are sometimes waterlogged, but they can recover! But of course waterlogging for a long time, as in say a week will really kill most terrestial or non-aquatic plants, haha!

    Mark and Gaz - these are not actually collections, but chosen for their longevity, resilience and function to clean the air.

    Betsy - yes lack of space is difficult for us, but it is easy to console the mind! We always create!

    Bom - you don't need to worry as long as you have good drainage, Sansevieria is difficult to kill! You were not able to see my office because you didn't ask, you said you were in a hurry! If you decide to come again i can even prepare Batangas 'kapeng barako'!

    Francisca - I am glad someone noticed that, as you know i am normally naughty, what you saw is exactly my purpose. The reflection even goes beyond to the trees and vegetable garden at the other side of the fence. hahaha!

    Photo Cache - i will be disappointing you today because you posted mostly temperate flowers which are mostly alien to me. Green thumb is just a saying, but when you know the plants' requirements you will also have a green thumb or green fingers as well.

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  14. They are perfect plants for inside and must really make the air sweet with all that greenery.

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  15. Ah, a little bit of paradise inside. I am sure the plants keep a smile on your face. They sure would keep me happy...

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  16. Sansevieras are such easy and hardy, yet attractive plants.

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  17. The plants are so pretty! I fixed your link on the FREE PHOTO CONTEST entry you entered on my blog...so good luck and thanks again for entering.

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  18. I'm sure they help to brighten up your office. They all look very healthy!
    I don't have many house plants. I do have mother-in-laws tongue, ivy and bamboo....easy plants!
    I'm pretty sure my outdoor plants would like to come indoors with this heat we are having!:)

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  19. Tina and Skeeter - yes they surely brighten my atmosphere and my mind, and my visitors either praise them or want to get a pup, haha!

    Aaron - welcome back! yes i planted them because they grow without my care and they function without my attention.

    The Retired One - thank you so much for putting my link in the photo, and thanks for coming over too. This is the first photo contest i've joined, hahaha!

    Amy - yes i know your plants because i am your constant commenter, i just forgot if it is you or Wendy who has some bamboos to produce the shoots for cooking.

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  20. It's a nice office garden you have there. Looking at the same photo One sees a book, I can help staring on the top left corner which looks like a white colour trash bin or toilet bowl. What's that?

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  21. Autumn Belle - hahaha, you made me think longer for that "toilet-bowl"-like structure. As i told earlier i am at the 3rd floor and those bluish structures are make-shift tarpaulin covers for some cars which didn't fit in the garage of the building. That white bowl-like thing is the front of a white car! The tarpaulin has labels which read "Bureau of Agricultural Research". I am amused at the thoughts i gave you and One, the others didn't bother to look closer, haha.

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  22. Hahaha. I had to go back to the photo and check our AB's "toilet bowl".

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  23. Hi there, I have been really enjoying your blog, this post in particular has some really awesome plants, I found a exciting plant like these the other day called Vriesea hieroglyphs, and it is awesome to see some other similar plants. NIce office!!

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