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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2015 11:31 am

The only thing keeping the newsroom from turning into a greenhouse is the lack of approval from management. If we writers had our way, there would be long shelves of flowering succulents and cacti. We'd have planters full of native plants, and a demonstration garden at the front desk. 

But since that plan is still a fantasy, we'll try to keep the mini-gardens on our own desks for now. Reporter Kyla Cathey has a minor obsession with cacti and succulents. She mixes her own soil and repots the little plants in empty tea tins, with holes punched for drainage. There's also two Lucky Bamboo plants that are out growing their miniature vases and a small potted Golden Pothos. 

Today, she brought in a few new plants to share. I'm now the proud owner of a California Sunset Graptosedum, which will find a home on my shelf next to a fairy washboard Haworthia.

Also on my shelf is a cutting from a larger plant of Kyla's, called a "Six Dollar Unlabeled Plant From The Grocery Store." The little leafy stalk is growing some roots in a glass of water. I'll pot it up once it gets stronger. 

I think these touches of greenery help keep us sane on busy news days. It's nice to know that even among irate phone calls and the rush of deadline, something is living and growing in this same room. So we can, too. 

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