Fine Tuning – Intern Blog

Guys… this week, I’m going to see a giant Indonesian flower, hopefully, bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This Titan Arum, or Corpse Flower, is already close to 5 feet tall and its girth alone is a little over 2 feet. This thing looks like it could be straight off a Dr. Seuss cover – it’s so comical looking and the smell is something you can not make up. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s blog describes it as smelling like Limburger cheese, rotting meat, rotting fish, sweaty socks, Chloraseptic, moth balls, but also a sweet floral scent to top it all off.

Anyway, this flower is massive and it’s going to be so cool to see even if I don’t get to see it in bloom. Click the picture below and you can read more about the flower from the Chicago Botanic Garden:

credit: Chicago Botanic Garden

Time-lapse footage courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, August 2014. Photos taken every 20 minutes from 9:10 a.m. at the start of bloom to 8:50 a.m. the following day.

You can also see a live feed of a Corpse Flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens here:

This is one of the many cool things I get to experience from being an intern at NPK Associates, Inc. No, we do not have a giant corpse flower in stock. Thank goodness. But if I wasn’t within the plant world, would I ever know of a huge flower that can grow to be taller than me and emits a scent that attracts flies miles away? Nope. Nope, I wouldn’t.

This week at NPK will include lots of writing. Blogs, content edits, social media posts, blogs, content, blogs, blogs – did I mention I’d be writing a few blog posts? I love the writing that I do for NPK because the plant world, the ones that I know truly get to enjoy the posts, is so passionate about their interests. I mean, the Titan Arum is the perfect example – who else in the world would be so excited and want to house a giant flower that smells like rotting fish? Plant people. They love this stuff.

But what I love is sharing all of the things I’m learning about in the plant world. Today, after having to completely re-film our first video blog last week, I’ll be trapping Leah in a room with no sound so that I can get perfect voice over material from here and then I’ll edit the footage we have to be able to present, seriously this time, our first ever NPK Associates, Inc. VIDEO blog.

I’m also meeting lots of people within the plant world – this past week I was able to connect with AmericanHort for an interview in an upcoming blog post. It’s great being able to connect with organizations and companies through blogging. If I am able to catch the blooming of the Corpse Flower, I hope to be able to hold my breath long enough to catch a few viewers there as well to interview and connect them with a whole other side of plant life – NPK Associates, Inc.