Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

(Found this little guy at the cereal factory recently – have no idea who put it there. But it’s funny, so it can stay.)

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Guess what? It’s another milestone post – this one is 1,501!!!! Juuuuust kidding, haha. I mean, it is the 1,501th post on this blog, but that’s not much of a milestone after yesterday’s momentous one.

Hey, look! My late October garden in the early morning hours:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October garden

The Agastache and Zauschneria flowers are still vibrant and make me smile every day.

That big mass of greenery in the container next to the flowers is a couple of tomato plants that seem intent on taking over the driveway. They are laden with fruit – I harvest a few every day (it’s hard to see the ripe ones in this photo, but they’re there). Same with the pepper plants scattered throughout – they are still producing tons of peppers.

The marigolds at the bottom of the photo seeded themselves, but I don’t mind. The bright splash of color is nice. Plus, they started blooming late enough in the season that they didn’t attract whiteflies to the tomatoes, so the tomatoes were spared disease.

The strawberry towers are hiding behind the lemon balm plant. That’s probably just as well, they’re not producing fruit anymore, and I need to adjust the irrigation for them. (In other words, they’re mostly brown at this point so I’m glad they’re hidden.)

It’s hard to make out, but all the herbs are still there plugging away, too, like the parsleys, oreganos, chives and basil plants.

If there was doubt in anyone’s mind about growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in containers, hopefully my garden will serve as proof that not only is it possible, but the plants can thrive. You can grow practically anything in containers. And the containers can look good in the process.

I’ll be back tomorrow. I hope to see you here!

Sooooo this post is my 1,500th since October of 2009. Wow! That’s an average of 300 posts per year for the last five years. That’s a lot of writing, a lot of time, a lot of discipline, a lot of photographs. Not too shabby, eh?

Instead of having some sort of celebratory giveaway – because, you know, all I have is imaginary prizes to offer – I thought I would return to this blog’s roots by showcasing the houseplants who have been the driving force behind it.

Like the south foyer crew:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's plants

From left to rightish, that’s Ellie (Euphorbia milii), Dottie, Crissy and Easter (the Schlumbergeras, or Christmas Cacti), Vicente (Huernia), Elise (Euphorbia milii), Gus (Gasteraloe), two unnamed succulent bowls, Carl (Stapelia), Calamity Pete (NOID Cactus), four unnamed succulent bowls, and Izzy’s offspring (more on them in a minute).

I spent part of yesterday cleaning everyone up and prepping them to be photo ready and winter ready. Everyone got showers, everyone’s saucers got cleaned. The floor was swept and mopped. It’s been quite awhile since they have gotten much attention from me – the summer sorta slipped by without much effort on my part.

The only ones I didn’t want to move to the kitchen for sink showers were the Schlumbergeras, because they are beginning to bud (just starting) and it’s best to keep them stable once buds start to form. Turns out, I missed Crissy’s buds completely when I looked last week (they were in the back, I turned her around as I went to clean behind her pot and boom! There they were!). She’s way out in front of the others:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's plants

One upshot of spending some time with the houseplants is discovering flower buds you didn’t see previously. So woohoo for Crissy! Lots of nice pink blooms in time for Halloween.

Do you remember when I used Izzy’s cuttings to make a cursive L for Liza? (Izzy is a Kalanchoe rhombopilosa. Click here for the original post about the letter.) You can still kinda see the shape:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's plants

If you squint, that is, and use your imagination. That’s a lot of growth from only February of 2014. They are happy little guys!

The kitchen windowsill crew wanted to say hello, too. Here they are:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's plants

There are other plants in the house, of course, like Danny (Dieffenbachia), Peach (Norfolk Island Pine), the Chlorophytums, Haworthias, Synadeniums, an Osmanthus and some others. They’re all growing well. They were excited to hear about the milestone for this blog, because they love knowing their images are out there in the world for anyone to see.

Lots of the plants that were here when I started the blog have passed away, or been brutally thrown away by me because of bugs or annoyance or whatever. That’s ok. Plants come and go. I can’t get all emotional about them because that’s just the way it is. I think I did a nice job of appreciating each one while it graced my home.

One plant who hasn’t gone yet is Candy, the Lime tree. She was banished to the outdoors for the summer due to mealy bugs, but she’s actually been thriving out there. I plan on cleaning her up and getting her back inside in the coming days. I hope that having vacationed outside all summer will help her bloom indoors all winter. Fingers crossed anyway.

Anyhoo. That pretty much catches you up on what’s going on around here. 1,500. 1,500!!!!!!

I’ll be back tomorrow, I hope to see you here.

If I can publish a Friday post on a Saturday, I guess that makes it ok to publish a Saturday post on a Sunday. Right? Riiiight!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Quirky Albuquerque

Hello Saturdayists, and happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site, and thanks for being here.

So, it’s Saturday, not Friday. Sorry about that. I was wiped out after a long work week yesterday and didn’t finish this post in time. So we have our Friday Panel on a Saturday. It happens.

Since we’re behind schedule, let’s jump right into the action. We’ll start by saying hi to the Experts. Hi everyone!

 

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You’re so cute! From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

This week’s question is pretty straightforward. Here it is:

Q. Would you please share your thoughts on music? Your favorite types, your favorite musicians, bands?

Expert Andy, you’re up first as usual:

A. I really enjoy about everything but rap.  I am a big, big fan of acoustic music.  Certainly music has changed a lot and many bands are a bit upset about the ease to share and download their music, but I think it is more about increased competition.  The internet has helped the “little guy” get their music out there under their own label and not have to go through the big behemoth radio route.  Overall, I think the quality of music has therefore improved and we all get to hear and enjoy music we wouldn’t have otherwise had a chance to enjoy.  But all in all, I love the sound of the acoustic guitar and I wish I had time to keep learning and play my own.  One of these days…..

My favorite band right now is Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.  They are a great Arizona bred band that puts on one of the best live shows ever.  They are more of a party band, singing a lot of sounds inspired by the beautiful southwest.  I just love these guys.  Other bands I’m into right now include the Goo Goo Dolls and the Zac Brown Band.  I spend a lot of time listening to all of these guys on Pandora or my iPhone, especially when I’m on board a plane bound for somewhere.  I’m a big fan of Kid Rock too.  He is very, very talented and puts a lot of energy and fun into his live performances.  His rap sucks, but hey, it got him to where he is today so I respect it.

A. I love all kinds of music, from country to traditional Irish to rock. Music is vitally important to me, it feeds me every single day.

And Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is the greatest album of all time.

A. I am partial to the story tellers — Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Louie Armstrong, Lucinda Williams. I like the sound of Miles’ trumpet, the heat of Pitbull’s words, the rifts of Santana. I like 60s rock and some Mozart.  Holiday (Billie) music, Winehouse (Amy) tunes. Marley, Ella, John, Paul, George and Ringo.

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Expert Dottie is normally up next, but she’s unavailable this week. She’s fine, just enjoying visiting with her family. Let’s admire her adorableness:

And move on to Expert Lewis Casey. Lewis, what say you, fine sir?

A.

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B. King a Blues legend, I have been fortunate enough to see this legendary gentleman musician several time and been to his B.B. King Club in Nashville. This man has thrilled, entertain and enchanted millions of people with his sweet music and impeccable persona. On the last tour we saw him at Route 66 Casino, a few days before he had fallen and fractured his left leg, he was on crutches and sat and propped his leg up on a chair and gave us a two hour show that was just as great as any of the others we had seen. What a guy, he said “ I don’t want to disappoint any of my fans, just because I’m a clumsy old man” he was 82 at the time.

How many of the other entertainers out there would have gone on with their show, I think not many.

B.B. King a KING forever, a living treasure my sons had to see.

I also love and have seen Carlos Santana another legend, I saw his recent concert here in town it was a great show even in a little rain.

Those are all great answers, fellas! I enjoyed hearing about your music. Thanks so much for sharing!

Readers, how about you? Do you care to share your favorite musicians or bands? If so, leave your thoughts in the comments section. I’d get a kick out of hearing from you.

That does it for this week’s Panel of Experts. The Experts will return in exactly one week. They hope to see you back here.

Now let’s move on to the puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if these plants were real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Let’s see how you answered:

mr_subjunctive of the Plants Are the Strangest People site wrote, “Real.”

Martha of the Plowing Through Life site wrote, “They look quite real to me.”

Joseph Brenner of Texas wrote, “Real. Trying to throw us a curve ball?(B>{D}”

Darryl Cheng, who has a cool houseplant tumbler, wrote, “Both real spider and snake plants!”

Cheryl Rahkonen of Arkansas wrote, “They look real to me.”

Julia wrote, “The first thing I noticed was the bug (think it’s a fly) and then the brown(dead) leaves. I am convinced i.t is a real plant”

Liz from Albuquerque wrote, “Real!”

Marlie Graves of the Ficus Wrangler site wrote, “Little brown tips give it away….it’s real”

Ivynettle from the Letters and Leaves site wrote, “Real, all of them.”

That’s nine votes real, zero votes fake.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a wider view:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

They’re real! You guys totally nailed it! I’m not surprised, with your keen plant eyes. Great job everyone! Very well played!

To show you my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: Another Saturday in October, one veil lifted, six amigos, your smiling face, a bag of potato chips, two latilla fences, Cincinnati, one floor lamp, 24 apples, four summits, St. Francis Drive, three candy bars, five cumulus clouds, 14 1/2 bonus points, Cheryl, seven additional awards, a printer, one hayride, a party on the dance floor, a new pair of sneakers, an all-expenses paid vacation to tomorrow, a bean burrito, purple, two scenic views, refreshing water, tickets to a movie, 12 red onions, one foregone conclusion, four hugs, a notebook, one kiva fireplace, nine grass plumes, an A+, eight Sandhill Cranes, oregano, 28 eyelashes, curb appeal, and a new flashlight. Congratulations, and thanks so much for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler for you:

???Real or Fake???

Is this Geranium real or fake?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) next Thursday, October 23rd, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s Panel of Experts. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

You still have time to venture a guess for the puzzler, in which I asked if these plants were real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Leave your best guess in the comments section. The deadline is tonight at midnight MST (that’s 2am EST). I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) tomorrow after an all-new Ask the Experts panel. Imaginary prizes will abound for all who play. I hope to see you back here.

Hmmm…well this grouping of grasses is certainly not attractive.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Plant Lady Chronicles

Bad pruning and even poorer maintenance are the problems.

I understand that it’s easy to use a hedge trimmer to whack the grasses. But that’s lazy maintenance. And results in ugly “tabletop-like” grasses. If the landscapers are going to use trimmers like that, they should at least trim them down shorter so they don’t look so terrible. The bad pruning can also lead to the grass’s death. In the above photo, half the grass didn’t survive the whack job – you can see it’s all brown down below. That grass is not coming back to life.

The other problem is that the grasses need to be thinned so that new growth has the space it needs. But of course, dividing the clumps takes time, and no one wants to pay for that. So the grasses suffer.

And my eyes suffer, too!

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Just because…

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos Flower

No buds yet…but they should be forming very soon.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's plants

Fingers crossed, anyway, for a very flowery winter in the Liza casa.

Gorgeous photos of the Land of Enchantment! Please click here. (Courtesy of NewsCastic)

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Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have a plant care business here in town called Good To Grow. I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

All photos are mine unless otherwise noted. All content is also entirely my hard work. If you'd like to use any content or photos, all you have to do is ask. If you take without asking, you are a thief. And thieves suck. So don't suck. We have a deal? Good.

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