Please say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our beloved Expert Dottie, who officially became a nonagenarian today.

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90 years old is an impressive feat. To do it with style and grace is extraordinary. Happy birthday Dottie! We love you!

(photos courtesy of Cindy Correll)

 

Heeeeyyyyyyy, look who it is:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, it's a Sedona life

It’s everyone’s favorite octogenarian – soon to be nonagenarian – Expert Dottie!

I recently visited her in Sedona, Arizona to see her new digs. Nice views, eh? We took an early morning walk, and it was breathtaking.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, it's a Sedona life

Once the sun popped up, the views became even more stunning.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, it's a Sedona life

Of course, the company was even better than the views.

I neglected to take selfies with her – we got sidetracked. For those of you wondering, Dottie’s doing awesome. It’s hard to believe she’ll be 90 in a couple of weeks, or that a year ago around this time she was preparing for heart surgery.

She’s once again charming everyone around her and making tons of new friends. As is her usual M.O.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, it's a Sedona life

We did a couple of laps, then sped off for breakfast and a busy day.

If anyone would like to send Dottie birthday wishes, I will happily pass them along to her. I’m sure she’d be thrilled to hear from you.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, more flowers, less violence

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, more flowers less violence

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, more flowers less violence

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, more flowers, less violence

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, zinnia blooming against the odds

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, zinnia blooming against the odds

I’m not French, but I’m horrified by violence.

So I decided I would try to post photos of flowers for the next several days. Not just any flowers – flowers that are blooming despite being surrounded by death (more specifically, the flowers in my nearly dead garden following the irrigation scandal of 2016).

Like this little trooper:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, zinnia blooming against the odds

The world needs more flowers. And fewer assholes.

 

This is what happens when a well-intentioned friend tries to water the garden but turns the irrigation off instead:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's dead garden

Lots of dead tomatoes, peppers and zinnias. And me with a sad face.

On the upside, the cucumbers weathered the drought. So yay, cucumber plants. (Some of the herbs made it as well.)

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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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