Back from vacation.
I am back in the office after a five day hiatus.
I asked my coworker Kristin to water OP. I trust that she did. I gave OP a little splash of water yesterday and dumped a little bit of stale Jolly Good diet cola in the pot this morning. OP does not seem to be flourishing, nor does he seem to be withering. He remains about the same size as when I purchased him. His leaves seem to be a bit more compact these days. They're pointing upwards. Is he pointing upwards, dreaming of getting out of his dull gray walled cubicle corner? I don't know. Perhaps he is like me while I am at work. Closed and to myself. I didn't think of him at all while I was away from work, and when I came back I didn't feel any sort of emotion about seeing him.
HP seems to be doing swimmingly. I watered him on Friday before I left town and when I got back on Sunday. I gave him another drink again last night. All water came from various forgotten water glasses we've left on the coffee table. HP's leaves seem to be leaning towards the sunlight outside the window. I rotated him a bit so he can get bushy and absorb the sun on all sides. The weather has been really hot and humid which plants like so I know HP is quite pleased. He seems to be getting bigger.
What will happen to OP?
I just gave OP a drink of cold water from the drinking fountain. He still looks alright- healthy, bushy, glossy upright leaves. I worry though. I will be gone from the office for the next five days on vacation. Who will water OP? I will ask a coworker to give him a drink on Friday so when I come back on Tuesday he is not dead or wilted half to death. But hey, that's the life of an office plant. Bamboo has managed to stay alive for so long because he's always submerged in a pool of water that doesn't evaporate for days.
Today I am stressed out, nervous, antsy, and twitchy. I wonder if the plants can pick up my crazy edgy vibes.
Welcome to my life, oh new plants.
Here is where I record my daily observation of my plants.
I purchased both plants for $9.00 on Sunday, May 21st from Kellner's Greenhouse. I didn't know what kind of plants to get so I asked the volunteer to recommend a plant that could handle frequent watering and would do well in dimly lit conditions. For some reason my question made the very effeminate greenhouse volunteer very angry. Perhaps because he didn't want to be bothered by my stupid question and could detect that I'm just not a plant person. I mean, plants die merely by being in my presence. I don't have a green thumb, I have a skeletal dried up death to plants thumb. Nevertheless, this is science.
The plants are the same size- about 8" tall and 6" across. Both are pretty healthy little guys with glossy yellow polka dotted green leaves. I don't know what kind of plants these guys are. At some point I will look it up.
Home Plant (hereafter known as HP) now lives on a third floor windowsill facing South. It's neighbors are a long spikey cactus guy and a healthy aloe. I watered it this morning with some tap water that had been sitting in a glass on the coffee table for few days. Today was sunny so I am sure it got some good photosynthesis action up in the mix. The window was closed to all outside air. We smoked some cigarettes near it so I am sure the plant also got some good carbon monoxide too. We watched Todd Browning's film "Freaks" and Michael worked on composing music for awhile, so that was the sound stimulus.
Office Plant (hereafter known as OP) now dwells in my cubicle at work. I work in a dull gray walled cubicle and do not get any sunlight, only fluorescent from overhead and a 60 watt electrical lamp on my desk. There are some air ducts on the ceiling that push out some air now and then. The temperature hovers around 70 in my office, give or take a few degrees. OP lives in the southern corner of my cube beneath the Johnny Depp poster. This morning I watered OP with some Lipton tea that had been sitting in my mug since yesterday afternoon. I wonder if the mild amount of caffeine will have any effect upon OP. All day long OP hears my typing and conversation from neighboring cubicles. It's neighbor is a very lanky spazzy yellowing bamboo plant.
Both plants seem to be doing well.