You still have time to guess the current puzzler, in which I asked if this plant was 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. Good luck!

More silliness at the cereal factory. This week, it’s this little guy:

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

It seems like every week, a new toy appears in the plants. I have no idea who’s leaving them there, but it cracks me up every time I spy a new one.

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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.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Schlumbergera Bloom

Tucked inside the tangled mess of tomato plants, I found this adorable little Geranium bloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Pelargonium bloom

And it totally made me smile.

Last week I mentioned that Candy, my lime tree, has been thriving outside this summer. Um, that musta been a brain fart, because Candy died a long time ago. The tree that’s been outside all summer is my lemon tree (it was banished for having mealy bugs). Duh! I’m not sure how I got the two confused. Anyway, the lemon is back inside now.

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

I may have overstated the thriving part, but considering how terrible she looked at the beginning of summer, she’s closer to thriving than say, merely existing. The mealy bugs appear to be gone, so that’s great news. I’ve been checking for them every couple of weeks all summer long, and haven’t seen any in months.

No mealies means the tree was allowed to reclaim her tony spot by a west-facing window.

I never did name her, but I collected suggestions from some of you. Options on the table are Jolene, Cissy, Citrina, Prudence and Lucy. (I already had one plant named Lucy but that was a long time ago.) Votes? Recommendations?

It’s always fun to see a roadrunner in the city!
Good To Grow, Liza's photos, New Mexico Roadrunner

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, New Mexico Roadrunner

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, New Mexico Roadrunner

So cute!

Hello plantoberists, and happy Friday!

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

It’s been a long week, so it’s great to see Friday’s smiling face. I hope everyone has a good weekend on tap.

Since it’s Friday on the blog, that means we’ll have an all-new Ask the Experts Panel for you. We’ll also have the answer to last week’s plant puzzler, as well as a new one for you.

Let’s get the Friday Festivities started by saying hi to everyone. Hi Experts!

 

“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.

For this week’s question, I wanted to poll our Experts about valuable advice they may have received over the years. Here’s the question:

Q. Tell us a piece of advice that someone gave you to, or that you read or heard about, that’s really been valuable in your life.

Expert Andy Williams is normally up first, but he’s unavailable this week. If he gets a chance to submit his answer later this weekend, I’ll update the post in a jiffy. In the meantime, let’s admire his adorableness:

And move on to Expert Tim Thackaberry, and then Expert EZ Ed Johnson. Thack, what do you have to say?

A. My mother once told me something simple, and quite profound, that I find myself thinking of every day. To wit:

Life is always important, but never serious.

I have a tendency to take myself too seriously, and whenever I start to, I think of that simple statement. Helps every time.

A. A scribe’s life is a happy life.
and
Don’t take anything personally.

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Thanks, fellas. I think that’s great advice.

Expert Dottie Correll is normally up next, but she is traveling and wasn’t able to submit an answer for us. HOWEVER, I’m happy to report that she came to Albuquerque!!!! And I was able to ask her in person what advice she thought was valuable. She answered off the cuff – here’s what she had to say:

A. “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” she told me. “Don’t make mountains out of mole hills, or some variation of advice like that.” She added, “Life’s too short to spend it worrying about everything.”

I had lunch with Dottie and several other people that I know through our Red Cross volunteering, and someone offered another piece of advice, which was “If you rest, you rust.” Which I’d never heard before and thought was cool.

Because it was so awesome to see Dottie and the others, I thought I would share some photos with you.

Here’s Dottie (on the right) and the wonderful, wonderful Carol goofing around:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Ask the Experts Panel

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Ask the Experts Panel

And me with these two amazing ladies:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Ask the Experts Panel

And the whole group (Carol, Dottie, Karen, Bob, Jan, me, Vic):

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Ask the Experts Panel

There was so much love and affection at this luncheon! I am very appreciative to know each and every one of these people – they’re all incredible and have devoted much of their adult lives to helping others. And they show no signs of slowing down.

Dottie, of course, it was a pleasure to see you. I’m already looking forward to the next time.

Ok then, now we should get back to the Panel. Expert Lewis Casey, you’re up next:

A. My Mother told me once or twice as I whined about this or that

“My son Shut up”

Be grateful for everything you got for it could be gone forever,

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That’s so true, Lewis. (By the way, Lewis is also a Red Cross volunteer – another great friendship that stems from helping others.)

I loved everyone’s answers – thank you so much!

Readers, how about you? Have any advice you’d like to share that has been particularly valuable to you? Leave it in the comments section. I’d love to hear it.

That does it for this week’s Panel of Experts. Thanks so much for being here. The Experts will return next Friday with a Halloween edition of the Panel. They hope to see you back here.

Up next, the answer to last week’s puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Those are real, and rather georgous. I like them. Youre gonna send them to the winner, right?”

Marlie Graves from the Ficus Wrangler site wrote, “Well now, that really looks real with all those different sized leaves and a little yellow here and there – much too purty to be fake.”

mr_subjunctive from Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “Real yet again.”

Martha from the Plowing Through Life site wrote, “They look pretty real to me!”

Joseph Brenner from Texas wrote, “They don’t get any more real than that.(B>{D}”

That’s five 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! And oh-so-pretty! Real plants are always better than fake ones. Fake plants are a waste of money. These Geraniums with their cheerful blooms brighten up this corner. I imagine anyone who passes by must appreciate the beauty of having flowers indoors during October. Hopefully, anyway.

Great job, everyone! You totally nailed that puzzler. I’m not surprised, with your sophisticated plant knowledge.

I’d like to show my gratitude for you playing by awarding each of you the following the prizes: The waning days of October, three salmon planks, five compliments on your wardrobe, one trophy made out of candy corn, moisturizing body oil, four accolades, a new pair of eyeglasses, time to spare, 15-1/3 bonus points, a box of crayons, Peña Blanca, one toothbrush holder, higher love, one backup ankle, a jar of happiness, one oversized sunspot, Dolores, seven yeses, pesto, a run of greenlights, one certificate of appreciation, two cheerful sloths, a bouquet of fall flowers, Juan Tabo Boulevard, your own personal symphony, a coupon good for half off a voucher, one piece of gum, six garlic plants, an early Halloween present, poetry, the title of “Plant Master Flash” for the weekend, eight more special moments, one classic Philodendron, a porch swing, one dollup of whipped cream, and seven blessings.

Congratulations, and thanks so much 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, October 30th 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.

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

So pretty!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Schlumbergera bloom

You still have time to guess the current puzzler, in which I asked if this Geranium was real or fake:

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

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.

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!

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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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