Seeds of Knowledge: Indestructible Plants for the Green Thumb-less

watering plantEveryone agrees that plants are great, and for good reason. At a basic and important level, they provide the oxygen that we need to breathe. In addition, plants are great for decorating your house and office, they make great gifts, and they have a whole host of benefits for your health.

There’s a lot to love about our green, photosynthesizing companions.

However, plants are alive and need to be cared for properly in order to survive. This is a problem for those that simply do not have a green thumb, and anything green they touch or care for seems to wither and die regardless of how hard they try.

For this reason, we have put together a list of five indestructible indoor plants and matched them to the people we think they would be best suited for. If you know someone that just can’t seem to keep anything green or plant-like alive for more than a few days at a time, give them this list and you’ll give them some hope. Enjoy! Read More »

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How Ambius Spends Thanksgiving

Canary Wharf 17In recent years, there have been a lot of talk about the workers who have to go into their places of employment on Thanksgiving evening.

This debate is usually reserved for various retail outlets who have jumped on the bandwagon of getting an early start on Black Friday by opening Thanksgiving night.

Each year, the times businesses open seems to get earlier and earlier. Many employees have to shorten their holidays with their families or even miss it completely

Here at Ambius employees are also often working on Thanksgiving night, sometimes all night, and into Friday. Ambius colleagues design and install  holiday decorations for businesses of all kinds all across the country and around the world. Read More »

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Creating a Winter Garden

When winWinter Gardenbigtertime comes and all of the flowers that you planted in your garden have gone to sleep until spring – what can you do to keep that green thumb active?

Well, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep yourself active, keep the soil in your garden active, and help alleviate some of the winter doldrums. Read More »

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Why Do Plants Wilt?

Why do plants wilt?

Whether it’s outdoors or in a office, plants wilt in most situations because they’ve simply run out of available water. Water is constantly moving in a plant from the soil, into the roots up through the stems and out to the leaves.

Once water enters the leaves, most of the water (typically 95% or more) escapes through the leaves into the air through tiny holes in the leaves called stomata. This process is called transpiration and is somewhat similar to how we as people sweat.

You might think – is this 95% of water just wasted? Possibly, but it’s actually necessary. Read More »

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Botany Gone Bad: The History of the Deadly Nightshade Plant

Deadly Nightshade berries closeup.

The taste of horror: The berries of the deadly nightshade might taste sweet, but ingestion can be fatal.

The perennial herbaceous plant, Deadly Nightshade, has a very shadowy history, and its use by man throughout the centuries has been a harrowing tale of beauty, life, and death.

Deadly Nightshade is a part of the Solanacae family of flowering plants which includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and more, and can be found growing throughout most of the northern hemisphere. To the untrained eye, this perennial looks perfectly normal, but don’t be deceived, this is far from your average shrub.

During the Middle Ages, a beauty tonic made from the leaves and berries of the Deadly Nightshade was used by Venetian women to redden the pigment of their skin for a blush-like appearance. Read More »

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