Stewarts Office Plants

We supply many businesses across the South, from Sussex and Surrey, through Hampshire and Dorset to Wiltshire and Somerset. For more information about the services we offer visit our home page, or contact us here. In this blog you'll find news, interesting snippets, stories and pictures of our staff's adventures out on the road.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Burgundy Rubber Plants

Another 'look at my lovely new plants' blog post I'm afraid!

Just had our fortnightly plant delivery from Holland which includes about thirty plants for an existing client in Bournemouth, who are having new planters.

As a long-standing rental customer, they can have all new plant displays at no extra cost (in exactly the same way you can have a new phone at intervals without paying money up front), and they've gone for some lovely bright coloured planters.

Anyway... at my suggestion they are going to have these stunning burgundy rubber plants, known as Ficus Robusta Abidjan, on their landings, in tall S-shaped planters.

As the photo on the left shows, we've used these 'bush' rubber plants before. My team's maintenance skills deserve a big shout here, as the one in the pic and the one just out of shot are still going strong after four years.

We've also had burgundy rubber plants before. But these are the first bush burgundy rubber plants we've had, and I love them!


Tuesday, July 09, 2013

It’s National Plants at Work Week this week (July 8-13). This is an event organised by our industry’s European trade federation to highlight the benefits of having plants in the workplace. There’s a mass of information on websites like this to show how important it is to have some greenery in your office, and we've blogged about it before more than once. In short it improves employee health and morale to a degree that makes the expenditure self-financing.

And they look nice too!

Friday, July 05, 2013

Poole Harbour pictures

 I've had these first two pictures I took - while covering a maintenance rota - on my phone since last summer, so have finally got round to posting them on here, for no other reason than they are quite interesting.

They were all taken around Poole Harbour, on two separate days.

The first one on the right shows how high the tide had got that day. That's looking across from Poole Quay to the Sunseeker factory: look how high the water has got between the two warehouses - you could get a raft up there! Also, look at the van in front of the right warehouse, axle-deep in water.

On the left we have a Yucca outside one of our clients in Poole Harbour. Usually the Yucca Golden Sword is known for its gorgeous yellow foliage, but last summer it produced this wonderful flower head, which I couldn't not photo. Don't know if it's done it again this summer - they are pretty unpredictable when it comes to flowering.

Finally below, we have a very different picture I took while looking after one of the cross channel ferries I look after personally, due to the difficulty of fitting regular maintenance visits to their sailing schedule.

This was taken on a stormy day in November, and after eleven years doing these ferries I've never seen waves like this in Poole Harbour! They were hitting the boat right on the beam, which being a catamaran, was moving about a surprising degree. Not fun when I'm clambering about on a balcony in one of our safety harnesses.

I shouldn't complain, at this time of year I have to be down there at 0500, and standing on the deck looking over the harbour at that time of day can be glorious.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Next time you go shopping, look up...

...because you may not have noticed the plants up above you.

I've mentioned this job before - once a year we go in and remove all these high level plants from a shopping centre in Southampton, clean them at our greenhouse, then return the next day.

This is complicated by the need to be in and out before all the other staff arrive (so we get to site at 0500 both days), and the fact that there is no direct way into these overhead balconies for the adjacent shop floor; we have to go out on to the roof and climb over a load of service ducts then go in through the little hatches you can see on the left. Oh, and we have to be hooked up to a safety line and wear harnesses (Stewarts take working-at-height safety seriously).

Our predecessors on this maintenance contract used to clean the plants in situ apparently. I'm sure that was a lot easier for them, but the plants get so dirty, I can't help imagining the rest of the shopping centre got covered in dust as a result.

Thankfully we've timed it now so that we go in near to the longest day, as climbing over the roof in the dark is not fun - looks bright and sunny in this picture? It's still 0530! So the least we ask is that in return for our efforts, some shoppers at least look up and notice that the plants are actually there.