Hello bambistas, and happy Friday!

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

Yay for Fridays and the weekend! We love you so!

Our beloved Experts are on a break, so let’s admire their adorableness:

 

And then go straight to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Claude from the Random Rants and Prickly Plants site wrote, “Ugh. fake. Ive had personal experience with fake daffodils… it was horrifying…. i need vodka…”

The Ficus wrangler from the Ficus Wrangler site wrote, “aside from the fact that this is September not April….fake.”

mr_subjunctive from the Plants Are the Strangest People site wrote, “Yup. Fake.”

Martha from the Plowing Through Life site wrote, “Fake!”

Ivynettle from the Letters and Leaves site wrote, “Fake, fake, fake, fake!”

Joseph Brenner of Texas wrote, “Definitely fake!(B>{D}”

Brenda Black wrote, “Daffodils are fake, everything else is real”

That’s seven votes fake, zero votes real.

What’s the correct answer?

I don’t have another photo to show you, so you’ll have to take my word for it when I say they are FAKE! Of course they’re fake – daffodils don’t bloom in September! Those fake daffodils look ridiculous. And ugly. They don’t improve the look of that area – they make it look worse! Yuck!

I’m not surprised that you guys nailed it – you have eagle eyes when it comes to spotting the fakes. Good job everyone!

I’d like to show my appreciation for you playing by awarding you each the following prizes: The title of Plant Puzzler Master Badass for the weekend, four block parties, 12 rave reviews, one used crystal ball, two wooden spoons, a backup hamstring, 11 1/3 extra credit points, five gifts, brown, three feathers in your cap, Tijeras Canyon, one stained glass window, a new dance move, two cheese sandwiches, a pair of yoga pants, one constellation named in your honor, Girard Boulevard, seven encouraging phrases, a new mattress, Claire, a coupon good for one voucher, Italian dressing, four poofy clouds, one Golden Retriever puppy, 34 spicy green beans, a decorative bowl, muy bien, three compliments on your outfit, one table lamp, two dreams come true, Muhlenbergia grass, an A+, oregano, 16 more points, three spare triceps, refreshing thoughts, one bouquet of wildflowers, a little more motivation, two good books, a new pair of boots, and one bottle of nail polish.

Congratulations! And thanks for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this plant 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, September 25th to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

Aren’t these flowers the sweetest?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Rudbeckia flowers

They were a gift from a friend who knew I was grieving over the loss of my furry friend Lou. They make me smile to see them – they’re a thoughtful gift. I’ll probably plant them on Lou’s grave after I’ve enjoyed them indoors for awhile.

In other news, you still have time to guess the current silly puzzler, in which I asked if these daffodils 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. There will be imaginary prizes for all who play. Good luck! I hope to see you back here.

Recently, we went on a hike in the Jemez Mountains (to the north and west of Albuquerque, by about 60 miles). I thought I’d share some of the photos with you, because it’s a beautiful place.

We started our hike at the Jemez Falls overlook:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

And then made our way toward McCauley warm spring, which is 2 miles from the falls, on top of Battleship Rock, through the Ponderosa Pine forest.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Those are tent rocks in the distance:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

McCauley is a warm spring – the water is about 90 degrees. So it’s wonderful in the summertime, but not the place to go in winter because the water will lower your body temperature. The Jemez Mountains also have hot springs, where the water is more like 106 degrees, 108 degrees.

I think McCauley is the prettiest spring. It has two bigger pools, and a couple of small ones:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Not a bad view:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

It’s very peaceful in the mountains.

Did I mention that they’re red?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Jemez hike

The Jemez Mountains are a must-see for people visiting New Mexico. There’s a scenic byway that takes you through the heart of red rock country – it’s gorgeous. And for those looking for a little exercise, the hike to McCauley is nice – four miles roundtrip, with a moderate difficulty level (lots of ups and downs, but the trail is easy to follow).

I hope you enjoyed this little tour!

You didn’t think I’d go the whole season without posting photos of Cosmos flowers, did you? I can’t help myself – they’re too pretty for me to resist!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Cosmos flowers

They’re not as tall as they’ve been in past years, mostly due to my inconsistent watering. They’re starting to take off now, though, with the rain we’ve been getting. So you can expect to see approximately 45,000 more photos of Cosmos in the coming weeks, haha!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Peach the Norfolk Island Pine

Peach, a Norfolk Island Pine, enjoys living in the desert, as improbable as that may seem. She also likes accessorizing, cleaning the air, knitting, R&B music, late afternoon rain storms, the Diane Rehm show, watching college basketball, reading mysteries, cooking with veggies from the garden, goofin’ off and telling jokes, painting, playing on tire swings, sailing on the deep blue ocean, learning new languages, hosting dinner parties, watching movies, entertaining her friends, being loving, and starting each day anew. She told me she’s thankful for one more day on this big beautiful planet.

I’m right there with her!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Nob Hill in Albuquerque

Hello fair enthusiasts, and happy Friday!

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

Woohoo for Friday! We waited patiently all week!

Our beloved Experts on are on a much-deserved break, so let’s admire their adorableness:

 

And then move on to the plant 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:

Joseph Brenner of Texas wrote, “Real.(B>{D}”

Martha from the Plowing Through Life site wrote, “You fooled everyone, Liza! I missed that puzzle, but I would have guessed real, too. For this one, I’m guessing real.”

Claude from the Random Rants and Prickly Plants site wrote, “Im gonna say real… what is that? Cactus and thyme? Interesting combo….”

Ivynettle from the Letters and Leaves site wrote, “This week, I’m pretty confident they’re real.”

That’s four votes real, zero votes fake.

What’s the correct answer?

Maybe a wider view will help:

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

They’re REAL! And pretty cool looking. Claude, I think it is a thyme variety, though I’m not 100% certain. You can see that it wants more water than the cactus, but it’s hanging in there. Even with flaws like brown areas, real plants are prettier than fake ones.

Great job, everyone! No fooling you this week!

To show you my appreciation for playing, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: One opening weekend of the New Mexico State Fair, five gold stars, 23 eyelashes, one new groove, three baby dolphins, 11 extra credit points, a nice pair of slacks, 13 moments in the zone, six decorative pillows, four Ferris wheel rides, a rocking chair, five blushes, one jackpot, four manzanitas, one all-expenses paid trip to the photo booth at the fair, 50 spare years of good health, Jeff, seven funnel cakes, 17 more September mornings, one deep fried green chile cheeseburger (just kidding – that’s no prize!), three compliments on your morals, Jemez Falls, one garlic press, a high five, two bejeweled crowns, quite the bounty, aurora borealis, a scholarship, one spatula, three blue ribbons, two art exhibits, and one lasting impression. Congratulations, and thanks so much for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Are these daffodils real or fake?

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

(Hint: This photo was taken last week in Taos.)

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments sectionl. You have until midnight next Thursday, September 18th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. 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 guess the current 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 (that’s 2am EST). I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) tomorrow. There will be imaginary prizes for all who play. Good luck!

I recently worked at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and took some photos with my phone so I could give you a flavor of what it’s like there.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

I was busy, so I didn’t have time for close-ups of the flowers or trees – just some general shots to give you an idea of how pretty the place is. (I apologize for the poor quality of the photos!)

The garden is located across from the Folk Art Museum on Museum Hill Road.

Because it’s Santa Fe, there was a lot of whimsical art mixed in with the plants. Also, lots of storm clouds.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Also, lots of Agastaches and Penstemons, and Sages. And roses and ornamental grasses, and evergreens, too. The plants and trees were planted thoughtfully, with room to grow.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

And I spied a couple of tiny fairy gardens, like the one below. (I noticed some young girls leaving offerings of apple slices, grapes and potato chips.)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

I believe the fairies would’ve enjoyed this bouquet of flowers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

These horses are located near the entrance:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

After awhile, the storm passed (after unleashing torrents of rain), and the sun came out, showcasing the colorfulness of the garden:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

It’s a relatively small space, but peaceful and quiet. I wish I’d had more time to explore and read about the plants there.

If you visit Santa Fe, you should check it out for yourself. I hope you enjoyed this mini tour!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, lone Hollyhock flower in the late summer

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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.

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