Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Quirky Albuquerque

Hello snowbunnies, and happy Friday!

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

Yay for Friday! It’s been a long week, so I’m ready to cap the week off with our Ask the Experts Panel. I’ll have more puzzler action for you as well.

Speaking of the Experts, let’s say hi to them first. 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.

Even though Albuquerque currently has about three inches of snow on the ground, I asked our Experts about spring. Here’s this week’s question:

Q. Have you seen/felt any signs of spring?

Expert Andy, you’re up first as usual.

A. It is as good as spring right now here in Phoenix.  My flowers are blooming in my planters, which should please the readers, and I’m poised to plant my veggie garden this weekend.  The sun is out and the temperatures are in the low to mid 80s right now.  I’ve also seen the hummingbirds back and passing through already which seems to be a better indicator than anything else.  A beautiful green and yellow tinted fellow was buzzing around my ocotillo blooms this morning.  I realize that if you are in the Midwest and East you are hating me about now.  Don’t hate me, get your butts out of there!!!

A. Other than the 60 degree days, the best sign I’ve seen/felt that spring is upon us is that I have unexplained joy in my heart.

A. A small wind found us and it was just warm enough to have come from spring. Pine combs are coming. The sun brought a little heat for a few days running. Pitchers and catchers reported in Arizona and Florida

A.

“Welcome Sweet Springtime, We Greet Thee

With Song!

 

We had to memorize that song for Jr. High Choir! The calendar says Nay but the birds say Oh Yes!

We’ve had spring weather here for the past two weeks while the rest of the country is in a deep freeze.

 

No matter the calendar, Mother Nature is in the know — The sweet little hummers are returning daily. Singing their little song and chasing and wooing. We made a mad dash to the bird store for “nesting “ material. They are at it hot and heavy.

Our little Anna’s, that toughed it out throughout the winter, are so happy to see friends return.

 

All this activity lifts my spirit with the joy of the earth awakening and spreading color, song and beauty everywhere.

 

Hallelujah! The best is yet to come!

A. Book of Cranes art show at ABQ Open Space Visitor Center
Signs of Spring
At least before this week / brrrrr but oh the glorious snow
Sorry Boston

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Nice answers, everyone! I enjoyed hearing from each of you.

I have my own sign of spring:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, crocuses peeking through the snow

Crocus flowers peeking through the snow.

Readers, what about you? Are you seeing any signs of spring where you are? It’s only about three weeks away, although it can feel much later than that if you’ve got snow piled high where you live.

Thank you Experts, for sharing your thoughts and your time with us. We appreciate it!

That’ll do it for this week’s Panel of Experts. Thanks again to everyone for being here.

Up next, the answer to the current puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last time, I asked if these Saguaro cactuses 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, “Concrete cactus. Whooooo hoooo. They’re fake, but they’re fake enough to be kinda cool. And, lets face it, in most of tje country, outs the only way you’re gonna get a saguaro in the yard…”

Wendy13 from New Mexico wrote, “Faaaake :)

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

Darryl Cheng, who has this cool tumblr houseplant site wrote, “Looks quite fake!”

Judy from Ohio wrote, “Fake”

suzzt53 wrote, “I don’t live around cacti but these are too fakey-perfect to be real/”

growgrow from the GrowGrowGadgetGrow site wrote, “I think the real question is in regards to the two-headed deer-monster sculpture.

I want to say real because why else would you ask… But they’re just so perfect how could they be alive? Its like the Michael Jackson of cacti.”

That’s seven votes fake, zero votes real, and one vote questioning the homeowner’s taste in statues (I’m glad someone else was as creeped out as me by it!).

What’s the correct answer?

Maybe a (slightly) closer view will help:

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

VERY FAKE!!!!

And pretty darn ugly, too. Saguaros only grow in Arizona, so that would’ve been a tip-off. Also, these fake ones are too uniform – real cactus wouldn’t look like that.

Great job everyone! You totally nailed it.

To show you my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award you each the following prizes: Waning February, five butterflies, three kudos, 13 1/3 bonus points, four sparkles, The Mayflower, two snowmen, your own personal butler, tomato soup, one ball gown, six surprises, nine snowballs, Albert, cash back, three parallel lines, two rainbows, four pillows, seven rubies, a pair of khaki pants, one moonlight serenade, 11 more points, Boise, a glass of milk, 2 o’clock, five honorable mentions, two umbrellas, three spare earlobes, four windowsills, one treasure hunt, lip gloss, a frito pie, and one statue in your likeness.

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, March 5th, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winners 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.

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

And it has nothing to do with fisticuffs!

And it’s not really breaking, as I already told you about a few weeks ago. The flower stalk on the potted Aloe at KOBtv is progressing nicely:

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

The flowers aren’t particularly attractive, but that’s ok. It’s still a good sign when a plant flowers.

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

Another Aloe in the atrium is also sending up a new flower stalk:

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

Happy Plants!

Reportedly happier than the newsmen!

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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 lookee at that – Gus, a Gasteraloe, is sending up a flower bud:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flowers and flowering plants

You know who’s not going to be blooming anytime soon, if ever? These Daffodil bulbs:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flowers and flowering plants

They’ve looked pretty much exactly like that since last November.

Wanh, wanh, wanh!

Oh gosh, I’m so sorry everyone – I totally blew off Friday’s Ask the Experts Panel. I got too busy with work. So now the plan is to hold on to everyone’s answers until this coming Friday.

I’m in catch-up mode at the house, so other than watering, there’s not a lot going on with the houseplants with two notable exceptions. The first is the basil babies:

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

Growing like crazy. Believe it or not, I thinned out about half of them roughly three weeks ago. There is something so special about having fresh herbs growing on the kitchen windowsill. They’ve been making lots of meals much better.

The other exception, the Lemon tree:

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

No matter how busy I am, I have been checking on these flower buds everyday. I’m pretty sure I’ll smell when they open but I still walk over and check again and again.

I cannot wait until someone develops the technology to share scents online – I’ll totally sign up my Lemon tree to be a volunteer.

You still have time to guess the current puzzler, in which I asked if these cactuses were 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 winners tomorrow after an all-new Ask the Experts Panel. Imaginary prizes will abound for all who play. The Experts and I hope to see you back here!

Spotted a few days ago at Billy’s Long Bar, the latest sign that spring is almost here:

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

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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.

It’s a gloomy weather day in Albuquerque. Thankfully, it’s not storming like it is elsewhere in the country.

Still, we’re not used to the clouds.

I figured I’d shine the spotlight on plants that are making me smile right now. Like Nel, a Chlorophytum comosum, or Spider Plant:
Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

Such cute blooms!

Also, this Schlumbergera plant:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

After having two successful flowers about a month ago, the Lemon tree has suddenly exploded with buds:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

Which is plantastic news. The whole tree is covered with buds. To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the year.

Finally, my backdoor container garden oasis is bustling with growth, from the onions and garlic, to the spring bulbs popping up everywhere:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

The parsley and oregano never died back over the winter, instead staying green the whole time. The Zauschneria disappeared but is already back in force. The Crocus flowers have been blooming for a couple of weeks. The Daffodils should be blooming in days. The Hyacinths are moving along, as are the Tulips.

It may only be mid-February, but it’s already spring in the desert.

Hello Valentinists, and happy Friday, Saturday!

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

Sorry for the delay in this post, I got sidetracked yesterday. Oops – my bad!

Since we’re late, let’s get right to it 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.

Here’s this week’s question, courtesy of Expert Andy:

Q. What are your favorite songs with “Love” in them?

Expert Andy, you’re up first as usual:

A. I started researching this topic on my own iPhone.  It seems that I have 54 unique songs in my music library with the word “Love” in them.  And so, if I’m to have a favorite, I figured I’d start there.  I was actually surprised to find out that “Love in an Elevator” by Aerosmith is not one of them.  I have the CD but apparently didn’t upload it to iTunes.  Regardless, there are quite a few great “Love” songs in my repertoire.  So, in light of the subject at hand, I’m going to rank my Top 5 from my iTunes library; with commentary of course.

1.  “I Need a Lover” by Johnny Cougar.  “Lover” contains “Love” and therefore it counts.  Damn good, edgy tune from a Hoosier no less.

2.  “Ain’t Talking ’bout Love” by Van Halen.  Just for old time’s sake, give this one a listen in your favorite headphones or jam it in your ride.  Hell, do it on Sat. in honor of St. Valentine’s Day.

3.  “Calling Dr. Love” by Kiss.  “I need your love baby ole so bad, you’re not the only one I’ve ever had.”  With lyrics like this how can you go wrong???

4.  “I’ll Fall in Love Again” by Sammy Hagar.  This is one song that is not only good, but something everyone should turn on after a break-up.  Good therapy and it’ll save you $ from seeing a real therapist.

5.  “Interstate Love Song” by Stone Temple Pilots.  I’m not a big STP fan, but every time I hear this song I have to listen to it intently.  It is a great, catchy little number.

Honorable Mention:  “I’d Lie to You for Your Love” by the Bellamy Brothers.  “And I’d lie to you for your love, and that’s the truth.”  C’mon now, is that not country brilliance or what?!?!?!

A. My favorite songs with the word “love” in the title:

All You Need is Love – Beatles

You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away – Beatles

Best of My Love – Eagles

All Out of Love – Air Supply

Making Love Out of Nothing at All – Air Supply (twice, hellz yeah!)

Higher Love – Steve Winwood

Love in the First Degree – Alabama

Love is Blindness – U2

Your Love – Outfield

The One I Love – David Gray<

This Year's Love – David Gray<

Tunnel of Love – Bruce Springsteen

Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order

Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town – Kenny Rogers

And I could go on, there is no dearth of songs with the word "love" in the title. Happy Valentine's Day!

A. There’s the beat of International Love, the guitar rift of Sunshine of Your Love.
There is the plaintive When a Man Loves a Woman and the earnest Can’t Help Falling in Love. There is the simplicity of Only Love Can Break Your Heart and She Loves You (yeah, yeah, yeah). And a final plea: Come and Get Your Love.

A.

It’s Valentines Day and Love is in the air—everywhere.  Love is a mystery.  It takes many forms —-Song titles tell many tales.  See if you can imagine
what love story each paragraph tells:
 
I’m in the Mood for Love
The look of Love
Get me to the Church on Time!
Baby Love
 
Crazy, Crazy for Loving you
What kind of Fool Am I?
Breaking up is hard to do
Midnight Train to Georgia
 
When I Fall in Love
Puppy Love/My Guy
Save the Last Dance for Me 
 
Strangers in the Night
I’ve Got You Babe
Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
 
Are You Lonesome Tonight
I Can’t Stop Loving You
My Heart Will Go On
Unforgettable
 
This Guy’s in Love With You
Someone to Watch Over Me
The Glory of Love
 
Love to you and happy Valentine’s Day.

A.

I Love My Truck,

I Love My Dog
I Love My Beer

Billy Currington – People Are Crazy

The beer song  “I Love My Beer” Song – By Adam Felton

I guess this is one of my favorite Love classic’s

  1. Lyrics for The Rose By Bette Midler

o    Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed

Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed

Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need

I say love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed

o    Its the heart afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance

Its the dream afraid of waking, that never takes a chance

Its the one that won’t be taking, that cannot seem to give

It’s the one afraid of dying, that never learns to live

o    When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long

And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong

Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow

Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.

My we all find a little love and peace in every day

Smile when you can and even when you can’t

Haha, those answers cracked me up! You are all wonderful! And your song choices rocked!

Love to each of you, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank you so much for being here!

That does it for our Experts Panel. The Experts will return next week. They hope to see you back here.

Up next, the current puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, are these flowers real or fake?

Let’s see how you answered:

mr_subjunctive from the Plants Are the Strangest People site wrote, “Well, it’s not all one single plant, but my guess is that the individual components of the display were all alive at one time.”

Claude from the Random Rants and Prickly Plants site wrote, “It looks like a very real and extremely expensive floral arrangment in a hotel buffet.”

Darryl Cheng, who has this cool houseplant tumblr wrote, “Lovely schlumbergera! For the plant puzzler – I’ll guess real but it’s really hard to see any details!”

Suzzt53 wrote, “I really truly hope they’re real! Fabulous designer and wonderful blooms – thanks for sharing, no matter what : )”

That’s two votes real, one vote for real at one time, and one vote for hoping they’re real.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a closer look:

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

Unfortunately, that’s not much closer for you to see that the flowers are indeed FAKE! I should’ve taken a better close-up for you. If it’s any consolation, I had to ask if the bouquet was real or fake, because the flowers looked so nice. Usually I’m anti-fake plants and flowers because they look so bad, but these flowers looked fabulous.

I think to make that big of a display with real flowers would’ve been cost prohibitive, even on a tropical island. It was enormous.

So lookee there – I stumped you all! And I wasn’t even trying to stump you! So, hooray for me!

Even though you guessed incorrectly – it was a very difficult puzzler – I still appreciate that you played. So to show you my gratitude, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: One Valentine’s Day weekend, a bouquet of spring flowers, three waves, six congratulatory sentiments, 11 1/2 bonus points, four cupid’s arrows, a lagoon, two flannel shirts, one all-expenses paid vacation to Valentine’s Day, seven polka dots, calamari, 23 Valentine’s cards, a winning smile, the Smoky Mountains, two lipsticks, one book signing, four muskrats, high altitude, 14 SweetTart candies, a set of spare ankles, courage of conviction, one sailboat, dark purple, five chocolate-covered strawberries, one sculpture of your likeness, four love songs, an angel’s wings, two table lamps, a ceremony in your honor, champagne, three ponytails and tangerine juice.

Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Are these Saguaro cactuses real or fake:

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

Haha, just have fun with it!

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, February 19th, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winners 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.

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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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