For our University of Alberta Library staff, April showers (and snow), bring May flowers (and vegetable seedlings)!
An email call-out to our folks to share their ‘green (and gold) thumbs’ yielded such an abundant crop of photos that we need to dig through this series as a trilogy! Stay tuned to our blog over the next three Fridays so we can give you all the dirt (presented in no particular order)!
A quick stroll through the Rutherford South staff office is a blatant demonstration of how much this unit loves their plants. Christine Brown, Head of Faculty Engagement (Law, Arts, Campus St. Jean, & Education), was ahead of the game getting her seedlings ready. Christine’s summer lunches are always the envy of the office; full of fresh homegrown veggies and fruit.
Cameron Library’s Bonnie Gallinger (Super G) has an impressive array of greenery, which made choosing a single photo near impossible. The Information Services Specialist presented us with this exceptional display (left), as well as (below, left to right): her Oxalysis, her interloper Oxalysis and a jar producing a small bunch of green onions.
What started out as a small $6.00 Monstera Deliciosa to fill in a corner of the room last spring, has now turned into, well, a monster-sized Monstera Deliciosa for Vice-Provost (Learning Services) & Chief Librarian, Dale Askey. One would assume the Askeys have a cat and mouse game going on in their house, considering there is a mouse trap hanging out on the top of the soil of this swiss cheese plant…but no! That is to keep the family dog from digging up the treat that they buried in the plant pot!
Our Copyright Assistant, Sally-Ann Mowat, shares this serene shot of her happy little houseplant.
Public Services Librarian, Doris Wagner, gave us an incredible play-by-play with her photo:
“I’m the first to admit I don’t have a green thumb. In fact, if it weren’t for some of my wonderful colleagues in Rutherford Library my office plants would be worse for wear. I do love flowers and plants though. In particular, I enjoy Kalanchoes as they come in fun colours, bloom for a while and do well. So, while waiting for more warmer weather and Spring flowers to arrive, and being at home, the Kalanchoes are cheerful and brighten up my space and days.
Thanks for the view! We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter (scroll down to the bottom right side of this page) and stay tuned to our blog for Our Green (and Gold) Thumbs Parts II & III over the coming Fridays. As we are still in a period of closure and sheltering-in-place, we invite you to view the beautiful online galleries of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden (under Gardens & Collections), if you seek additional botanical inspiration.