See: Macro Flowers Saturday
For some reason, the office atmosphere has always been conducive to growing African violets. Well, maybe not always – I’ve grown my share and ruined my share. But I’ve seen lots of plants brought into the office in less-than-thriving condition only to perk up in a matter of weeks. Maybe it’s the lighting or the fairly constant atmosphere or temperature or maybe it’s the constant companionship.
Years ago I had a desk located in an alcove and, along one wall adjacent to large windows, I had 3 huge African violets growing. They were magnificent and, with my brown thumb, I was really thrilled. But then we moved to the manufacturing plant where the windows were tinted blue (yes, blue). The effect was beautiful – from the outside of the building; but inside it was another story. No matter what the weather or what time of day it was, it always looked overcast and cloudy. Needless to say, it was somewhat depressing. I’ve always attributed the demise of my magnificent African violets to those depressing blue tinted windows.
Well, years later and now in another office, the violets are once again thriving. They are not mine, unfortunately, but belong to a friend who sits out in the atrium. When Donna called me over to see them, we were in awe of how the petals sparkled in the sunlight coming through the skylights – a perfect photo opp. Donna nurtured this plant back to health and she’s as proud of its beauty as I was of my violets – years ago before those blue windows.
Hmmmmm, maybe it’s time I try my hand again with violets in the office. Do you have anything growing in your office?