The Blog Posts You Read Most in 2018

Posted on Jan 2, 2019
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We enjoy putting time and thought into our weekly blog posts all year. We’re always curious what blog posts were most popular, so we can deliver more of whatever you enjoy reading most. Sometimes, you like practical advice. Other times, you want a little bit of fun.  We won’t comment on the reason why “World Naked Gardening Day” does so well EVERY year.

I’m happy you continue to have interest in interior design trends affecting health and wellness, both at home and in the workplace. There are so many innovative ways now to incorporate nature and plants into your working environment including moss walls, replant plant walls, movable living wall dividers, and unique containers that are more like art pieces than simple pots.

In 2018, your top two favorites both had to do with rain. We had less than four inches of rain in the 2018 water year in San Diego, lower than even our normal low. So not a big surprise that figuring out how to use every drop was on your mind.

This is our full list – if you missed any of them, now is the time to catch up on your reading. You’re welcome!

Should I Put House Plants Outside in the Rain?

It’s a question we don’t ask very often in San Diego County. But with a nice rainstorm predicted to last throughout the day, it’s an ideal time to explore this question. Why wouldn’t we want to take advantage of the rainfall to save water and give our indoor house plants a healthy drink and a good shower?

The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it? In general, it is a good idea – but there are some pitfalls you need to know about and avoid.

house plants outside to play. Photo: CreativeCommons License

Water Like Mother Nature

Since we can’t always count on Mother Nature watering our trees in a Mediterranean climate during a drought, we need to help. The more we can mimic the way Mother Nature waters, the better.

Water your tree at the drip line, not at the trunk.

Water your tree at the drip line, not at the trunk.

Ten Secrets of Successful Workplace Design in 2018

We get to see a lot of workplaces all year long, and we get to work with a lot of smart architects and interior designers creating the modern workplace. We also talk a lot about what the ideal workplace of the future SHOULD look like when I get together with my fellow interior plantscapers and WELL Building Standard advocates across the country.

Our project for BKM Office Works incorporates many of the hot trends in workplace design gaining traction in 2018.

Our project for BKM Office Works incorporates many of the hot trends in workplace design gaining traction in 2018.

Ten Best Movies About Nature

These are our favorites. We included both fiction films and documentaries. You can watch Discovery Channel and Animal Planet or stream all kinds of nature programs on Netflix or Hulu, but who has that kind of time? Look these up and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Emperor penguins are the stars of this famous documentary film. Photo by c.Warner Br/Everett/REX (533615u)

Pantone Color of the Year 2018

This year’s choice could not be more different. It’s the dramatic purple called “Ultra Violet,” AKA Pantone 18-3838. Pantone’s Executive Director Leatric Eiseman said it communicates originality, inventiveness, and creative inspiration “that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level” from exploring the galaxy to spiritual reflection. Wow, that’s a lot to ask from one color.

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. It's present in many natural examples, including these hyacinths. Photo: Creative Commons License

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. It’s present in many natural examples, including these hyacinths. Photo: Creative Commons License

Ten Unusual Indoor Plants for Your Office Desk

But if you are a little more adventurous – or maybe bored! – there are plenty of other choices. Some require you to give them a little more attention, but not many. We chose our Top Ten most unusual indoor plants for you to consider adding to your workspace.

The ZZ Plant does well inside and provides a lot of green for a little care.

The Latest Scandinavian Lifestyle Trends

Like a lot of Americans, the Danish approach to life called “hygge” got our attention. The word itself made the Oxford Dictionary’s list of most influential words of 2016, that’s how popular it was. Suddenly it seemed like everyone was interested in lighting candles and gathering around a cozy fire. Hygge is as central to Danish culture as flamenco dancing and tapas are to Spain, and teatime is to England. But it’s not the only lifestyle trend hitting America from Scandinavia.

With views like this, who wouldn’t be inspired to embrace nature in the friluftsliv way?

Cool Things Made From Plants, Not Plastic

Finding a substitute for plastic is difficult. It’s lightweight, strong, heat resistant and cheap. The alternative? “Bioplastics” made from natural plant sources like corn, potatoes, tapioca, and sugar. The bioplastics industry is growing, which is great news, because it’s up against the oil industry.

The beaches I visited in Costa Rica are spectacular. But I found plastic trash on every single one. Photo: Ted Mumford

The beaches I visited in Costa Rica are spectacular. But I found plastic trash on every single one. Photo: Ted Mumford

Do Plants Have Feelings?

Human beings have such a profound affect on our planet including the plants living on it. We are responsible for agriculture, deforestation, and climate change. It forces plants to adapt to the conditions we are creating. Sometimes they aren’t able to stand the stress. This is something we share with plants. It’s wise for us to keep studying plants and how they are evolving for a clue to how we might be evolving.

Bullying isn't good for people or plants. Photo: Khamkhor/CreativeCommons license

Bullying isn’t good for people or plants. Photo: Khamkhor/CreativeCommons license

11 Deadly Enemies of Your Indoor Plants

Through our 40 years of experience, we’ve put together 11 enemies of your indoor plants for you to learn about and avoid.

You can stop plant abuse!

 

How Bad Are Open Office Plans Really?

We can thank the Sixties for a lot of things: some of the world’s best music, the American space program, and the rise of political activism. But we also have to hold the 1960s responsible for the open office floor plan the majority of working Americans are subjected to in 2018.

Movable living wall dividers can transform an open office floorplan into a more inviting, productive workspace.

New Living Moss Walls

During my 40 plus years bringing nature into workplaces, homes, and many other places, there have only been a handful of game changer type products or concepts. Even though I came around more recently to building green roofs (2007) and living walls, (2009), their origins go back thousands of years. The modern versions of green roofs were developed in Germany in the 1960s, and living walls in France in the late 1970s. Since then, they have spread to most countries.

This changed a few years ago when “moss walls” came along.

A close look at our beautiful new living moss walls, which will be available later in 2018 at Good Earth Plant Company.

 

Since we started our blog in 2013, these are all top blog posts all time:

Proven Plants Workplace Show Major Benefits

The list of benefits from plants and natural elements in the workplace keeps growing.

The list of benefits from plants and natural elements in the workplace keeps growing.

Don’t Bug Me: House Plants that Resist Pests

Dracaena plants come in many color varieties and resist insect infestations.

Getting Rid of the Fungus Gnats Among Us

 

You're not seeing spots, you're seeing fungus gnats on your plants.

You’re not seeing spots, you’re seeing fungus gnats on your plants.

Questions About Moss Walls Answered

One of our most popular moss walls is in this Los Angeles office lobby.