Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Work-related: Bromeliad display


I spent all day yesterday scrambling, trying to get everything watered so I could get back to the real work of bringing the new stuff out of the back room where it's being stored. I got a couple hours at the beginning of the shift, and not quite a full hour at the end, and that was it. It was kind of horrible, and it was definitely hot.

But when it was all over with, there was a bromeliad / Dracaena display I liked. So.

And then I came home and tried frantically to get everything watered so that when my next day off arrives (Thursday), I'll be able to do something with it besides watering plants. It's not going well. One of my plants decided it couldn't wait and threw itself off a table. (Seriously. It was my big Dieffenbachia 'Tropic Rain,' which when it gets dry enough goes kind of limp. It's also very top-heavy, even when properly watered, so when it starts to lean over from being dry, it ends up throwing itself off the table. This has happened twice now. I don't know how it is that it always leans to the edge of the table, as opposed to leaning in toward the center: I've been putting it back so it leans west; it just keeps falling off east. It's just an east-leaning Dieffenbachia, I guess.)


7 comments:

Water Roots said...

LOL...sounds like your Dieffenbachia is a little bit of a drama queen. Fainting and throwing itself off the cliff like that... It's obviously got issues...LOL

That's an amazing Bromeliad display. I don't know how you can be so calm (and in control) with all those awesome plants. The picture alone makes me want to bring home one of each! I'd go nuts whenever plants like that were available in the greenhouse. Or are you in control? You are up to 400 plants after all! How in the world do you manage to care for all of them?????

Nancy J. Bond said...

What a striking display!

The Succulent Dish said...

that display is terrific!! and i'm with water roots, you've got your hands full with that dieffenbachia.

mr_subjunctive said...

water roots:

Well, as you suspected, I'm not really in control all that much. In the case of these particular plants, I already have ten Guzmanias (yellows and oranges; they're two mother plants and eight offspring) and a Vriesea, though the Vriesea has done nicely enough for me that I'm considering getting one of the new batch. And then I've already bought an Anthurium, Podocarpus and Homalomena. I will probably have bought an Asparagus plumosus before the day's out, too.

However, once you rule out the plants I just don't like very much (Gibasis geniculata), the ones I've eliminated as being too difficult (Calathea spp., Alocasia 'Polly'), the ones I already have a complete set of (most of them), the ones I can't afford (Dracaena arborea, Philodendron 'Congo Red'), the ones I couldn't find space for (Caryota mitis) and the ones that don't look very good at the moment (Asplenium nidus), there are not actually all that many realistic candidates. Some people find restraint within themselves, some people have restraint forced upon them.

sheila said...

LOVE the brom display! WOW! I wish we could do some of these in red for Xmas instead of using the darn poinsettias. Would be so much easier to care for.

Tracy said...

That is so funny about the dief.....sounds like a brat.....lol.

Love the bromeliads, the flowers on them are just too cool.

lisa said...

Very cool bromeliad display! "East-leaning Dieffenbachia"? Heh, I had an east-leaning boyfriend one time...