Now it’s time to showcase what’s blooming in the gardens of those who love flowers but don’t have their own blog, the April 2014 Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day.

This month we were lucky enough to hear from Ginny Burton, of Burton Optician in DC.

Says Ginny:

This has been a horrible winter on the east coast, but here’s what’s blooming chez Burton:

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I’m very pleased with the redbud. It was a volunteer that I nurtured for years. It looks pretty with the ancient weeping cherry (a natural weeper, not a graft) that’s doing its best to beautify our corner.

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Happy to be outside!

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Most of the dafs have bloomed out, but these must be a late variety.

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Ditto

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A window box on our kitchen deck.

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These are hiding the view of one of our compost bins and rain barrel.

Happy Spring to all!>>>>

Thanks so much, Ginny! Your flowers are gorgeous! I enjoyed seeing what’s blooming in your neck of the woods. We don’t see too many redbuds out here so I appreciated that.

That’ll do it for this month’s Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day. I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you here.

 

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

Heyyyyy, Gus is tossing up a new bloom stalk – woohoo! Man, I love that Gasteraloe houseplant (he sits in the foyer). Soooo not fussy, just chill and happy.

Everyone outside is growing right along, too:

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

Most of that greenery is the garlic and onions that have been growing all winter, and some radishes. Some of it is the flowers that are returning (the orange container is all flowers), like the Agastache and the Gazanias. There’s also oregano, basil, thyme, and lemon balm, as well as some geranium sprouts.

My favorite has been the strawberries. The towers seem to be working well. I lost a couple of the plants in the first few days after planting the towers, but all the rest seem to be doing alright.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, strawberry towers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, strawberry towers

I’m a sucker for strawberries, aren’t you?

I’ll be back tomorrow with the April Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day. If you’d like to submit some photos of what’s blooming in and around your casa, better get on it, I’ll post them tomorrow. Hope to see you back here.

 

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Quirky Albuquerque

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Quirky Albuquerque

Hello bunnies, and happy Friday!

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

We’ve got a special holiday edition of the puzzler for you coming up, but first, our beloved Experts on are on a much-deserved break, so let’s admire their adorableness:

 

And now we can move on to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Joseph Brenner wrote, “Fake!(B>{D=”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Those are fake.

fake, fake, fake”

Steph from Indianapolis wrote, “Heehee fake, but funny!”

Liz from New Mexico wrote, “Fake!”

That’s four votes fake, zero votes real.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take another view:

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

Oh dang, see what I did there? I should’ve used this photo for the puzzler, and the other one for the close-up. Duh, sorry – I didn’t realize I had this photo until after I’d already published the first one. Anyway, they’re FAKE!

I can definitely understand the desire to want some color through the winter months – especially for barren containers. There are lots of evergreen plants available, or plants that provide winter interest, like ornamental grasses. More beautiful alternatives to plastic flowers. I’m biased toward real plants because, you know, they’re alive and all.

Joseph, you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. For being so speedy, this week you’ve earned the following title: “I’m a chocolate-wrapped, sprinkle-splattered, jelly-filled, sugar-coated, festively wrapped, daringly seductive, temptation-laced, high calorie holiday treat and also I won a houseplant blog puzzler.”

Let’s say for example you go to a party this weekend and you meet someone new. You should introduce yourself as Joseph Brenner I’m a chocolate-wrapped, sprinkle-splattered, jelly-filled, sugar-coated, festively wrapped, daringly seductive, temptation-laced, high calorie holiday treat and also I won a houseplant blog puzzler. I’m sure you’ll forge lifelong bonds. Congratulations! You may multiply all the prizes by four rainbows.

Everyone’s a winner, well done! To show you my appreciation for playing, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: One Easter weekend, 14 decorated Easter eggs, two bottles of hot sauce, a velvet bathrobe, pastel cereal, one cosmic bowling ball, an oval mirror, three lattes, one hippity, four stacked enchiladas, one Easter Bunny and her cousin Doreen, 16 bonus points, two painted bookshelves, six spare pockets, 11 1/2 yellow peeps, three gift cards, one hoppity, a half dozen show tunes, eight Easter chicks wearing tiny purple tuxedos, one bottle of honey-scented room spray, an extra bicep, more Easter candy, five chopsticks, a jar of pineapple chunks, seven meteors, a baseball game, one coupon good for a winning ticket, A+, one scavenger hunt and 23 blessings. Congrats, and thanks so much for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Are these Anthurium flowers 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 or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, April 24th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next week. 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 flowers 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. Imaginary prizes will abound. I hope to see you back here.

Introducing Carl:

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

Carl is a Stapelia gigantea, a succulent known for its large, foul-smelling flowers. Carl himself hails from Socorro, New Mexico, about an hour and a half south of Albuquerque. His ancestors come from South Africa. I bought him at a succulent sale.

Carl has several nicknames, including Carrion Plant, Toadflower, Stinkybutt, Rottenegg McGee, Stenchie Eddie, Stinkmasterflash, Reeker, Smellyface, The Yuckster, Barfie, Odorfyer, Sir FartsALot, Puker, StenchMeister, Gross-O-Matic, Plantapoo, HalitosisHead, The Stinkitary, Captain Crap, Pooper, Carl the Pukeuoso, The King of Gagging, Fartatoli, Rankadank Carl, Stinkerrible, The Prince of Puke, Rottenizer, Farter in Chief, Foulmasterflash, Smellatator, Commander Reeks, Stanky, Carl Bukowski, Satan’s Starflower, Asshat, Stinkpelia, Odoriferousplantiferous, The Jolly Green Gassy, Fartsanova, Poopenator, Stinky Malone, Thunder Farts, Carl the Crapper, Barfybutt, Greenerbeaner, Poop Dogg, Master Malodorist, Reeko, Shitometer, Lord Pukington, Fartsy, El Pooperia, Green Spotted Dumpling Butt, Stankeditrealgood, General Gross, Yuckmaster, Smellybelly, Craptober, Stinkidy, Feculent Succulent, Noxious Nelly, Rankster, Air Polluter, Nastypants, Carl the Revolting, Shitty Smitty, Funky Monkey, Stankitopia, Stinkfish, Barfarelli, Asssmasher, Farty Marty, Smellterer, Pooperplant, Green Grosser, Foulnasticator, Rotting Flesh Flora, Pukeyhead and Shorty.

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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.

Hey look, photos of pretty flowers!

It must be time for the April 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

We’ll start with what’s blooming outside the casa.

Everyone likes April flowers, right?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I love spring blooms!

Inside the casa, last year’s birthday Orchid is gorgeous again this year:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

This little Kalanchoe is a temporary visitor, but a cute one:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Another sweet succulent bloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I had a whole bit planned for this Echeveria bloom, but I may have to abandon it for being a ridiculously long post. We’ll see. For now, here’s what the bloom looked like a couple of days ago:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I can’t get enough of those pink blooms!

Two of the Schlumbergeras are blooming again. I hadn’t really noticed until mr_subjunctive mentioned it, but one plant produces red blooms, and another produces orange ones (that plant was originally from Dottie). I thought for a long time they both had red blooms but the orange was more pronounced this past season. I tried several times to capture the difference in hues on camera, but without wanting to move the plants (for fear of knocking the flowers off), I wasn’t able to accomplish that.

But with this new round of blooming, I was able to capture something else – the plant decided to grow striped flowers. That’s new:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I love them! So snazzy!

The red bud in the photo below isn’t quite open all the way, but you should be able to see the color difference I was talking about:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Or maybe not, haha! You may have to take my word for it.

My regular readers know how fond I am of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Spider Plant’ flowers. I think they are so darling!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Adorable!

I think this one looks like she’s dancing:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Or possibly coming in for a landing!

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around the house on the 15thish of each month. You should check out her posts, as well as flower posts from around the world.

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

Helloooooooooo! Happy top o’ the week to ya!

Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so.

There was a lot going on in Albuquerque. One event I managed to attend was our Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico sale at the garden center on Lomas near Eubank (next to the skate park). I’m not a member of the club yet – I need to talk to them about joining – but the sale was good. People were cheerful. It was super crowded though. I was hoping for a chance to talk to some of the growers but they were mobbed by other people. Everyone was busy!

In the coming weeks, I’ll show you some of the winners of their plant contest, as well as introduce you to a couple of new plants I got. Exciting stuff!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some highlights from the casa this week:

My cursive “L” for “Liza” – made out of pieces from a Kalanchoe rhombopilosa – is growing well!

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

That’s a score for Team Liza.

I’d gotten the original Kalanchoe at the same succulent sale a few years prior. I looked for more at this year’s sale but didn’t see any. I wouldn’t have bought another one – I enjoy the plant, it’s interesting looking, but it’s not my favorite by any stretch of the imagination. I was surprised not to see them for sale, however.

After seeing some of the contest entrants at the succulent sale, it made me wish I’d entered my “L” – I may have earned a few points for creativity. Maybe next year!

In other news, my cute little birthday pepper plant is also growing well on my kitchen windowsill, biding his time until he gets to go outside for the summer:

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

I’ve noticed that vegetable and herb plants, even the tiny ones, drink way, way more water than regular houseplants. This baby guy has a seemingly unquenchable thirst. He’s sitting in a saucer with pebbles, which I add water to every day. Sometimes twice a day. Crazy for such a little ol’ plant! Clearly, he’s happy and spoiled.

Speaking of vegetables, a few of the onions growing in my container gardens are starting to bolt. Boo!

I have the garlic and the onions growing next to each other, so I was hoping that I was actually seeing garlic scapes and not onion flowers, but alas, they’re from the onions. I snapped ‘em all but I believe the damage is done. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that the rest of them grow fine. I really, really want them to grow to maturity – they’ve been growing for so many months already! I should have answers in the next few weeks.

And finally, big news – the hummingbirds are back! The feeders are out for the season:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, return of the hummingbirds

I don’t know why I’m so surprised every year when they come back.

I’ll be back tomorrow with photos of what’s blooming in and around the casa for the April Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. If you have photos of your spring blooms but don’t have your own blog, send them to me and I’ll post them for you in an April Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day later in the week.

I hope to see you back here tomorrow.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Albuquerque road

Hello peaceniks, and happy Friday!

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

Welcome to Friday. We’ll get to the puzzler action right after we admire the adorableness of our Experts, who are on a much-deserved break:

 

So cute! They’ll be back later in the month. Thank you for your continued patience while they are away.

Let’s get to the current puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

Good To Grow, real or fake plant puzzler

Let’s see how you answered:

Steph from Indianapolis wrote, “Aw those are lovely! I can’t wait to see signs of life around here! Real!”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Real live wisteria.”

That’s two 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

Real! And so pretty! Mmmmm, I can practically smell those flowers from here. Real flowers are always prettier than fake ones. You can’t beat Nature!

Steph! You were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer! Well done! For being so swift, this week you’ve earned the following epithet: Stephanie Bobefanie Fee Fi Fofefanie, The Fastest, Premierest, Bestest Scented, Numero Unoest, Fullest of Morality, Rapidest, Of Sound Croquet Skills, Chiefest, Funkiest Trombone Player, Speediest, Most Excellent Fake Flower Spotter and Grandest Championette of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond. Congratulations! You may multiply all the prizes by popcorn.

Everyone’s a winner, woohoo! To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: One lunar eclipse, four garlic cloves, 17 wheels,  your horoscope, two sopapillas, an all-expenses-paid trip to memory lane, three neon green shoelaces, 12 1/2 blessings, six April showers, beige, a parakeet named Yolanda, a bouquet of Irises, one Cerrillos Boulevard, an extra hamstring, 19 more points, tres leches, two extension cords, popular dance music, five celebratory moments, fiction, a new hairdo, one race to the finish, seven mariachis and exuberant praise. Congrats, and thanks for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler for you:

???Real or Fake???

Are these flowers 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 or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, April 17th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next week. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

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

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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.

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