Hello summer bees, and happy Friday!

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

We’re not quite at the official start of summer yet, but it sure feels like summertime. Kids are out of school, wildfires are burning in the mountains.

It’s the time of year when most of us would rather goof off than work.

So here on the blog, goof off we shall!

We’ll start the Friday antics off by saying hi to our Experts. 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.

This week’s question plays off last week’s:

Q. We teased last week about June being overrated, but so far, it does seem to be a pretty great month. Please tell us what you are looking forward to the most about this month, OR share a story about summer from when you were a kid.

Expert Andy, we’ll start with you:

A.  June brings about 2 fun events for me.  1.  Circus Mexicus in Rocky Point, Mexico.  2.  Beerfest in Flagstaff, AZ.  Circus Mexicus marks the convergence of the coolest band, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (RCPM), followed by the coolest people in the world.  Do yourselves a favor and look up RCPM, formerly known as The Refreshments.  I would highly suggest their first album “Wheelie”, as well as “Sonoran Hope and Madness” and “Americano”.  Those three bodies of work will make a cold Pacifico or Margarita taste all the better.  You will be glad you both listened to this band, whose music is full of life, acoustics and stories about the desert and Mexico.  Check it out.  Beerfest in Flag speaks for itself.  Hundreds of micro-brews nestled amongst the cool pines of Flagstaff.  If you are in the area (Hint:  Dottie) you should meander up and I’ll buy you a 4 oz. sample.  Don’t tell anyone but they use the same coupons every year.  You buy 20 coupons each worth 4 oz. of the beer of your choice.  I probably have 100 or so leftover coupons to entice all of you readers to show up, look me up, and let’s enjoy a frosty beer from the heavens on June 22nd.  Live on June, come to think of it, you are pretty cool after all.


Since I called out June for being overrated, it’s hard to pick anything about it that I look forward to; as a result, I guess I’ll be sharing a summer story from my childhood.

We used to spend a lot of our summer roaming the bayou about 1/2 mile from the house we grew up in. We would hike up and down the shoreline for miles, looking for anything interesting or unusual. Water snakes were always fascinating (namely water moccasins), as was anything that people had dumped there. We saw a lot of washing machines dumped in the bayou. Doesn’t that seem like a strange place to dump a washing machine?

A. When I was a boy, summers held small adventures. There was an abandoned adobe in the Jemez that sat on the edge of a Vieja’s property. It was a good place to hide from the day’s heat, but inevitably the Vieja would come and chase us away. One restless early evening, after a supper that I’m sure included red chile, I snuck away and found myself in front of the old adobe home. A flicker of light seemed to be coming from it. I got close enough to see a candle burning. It sat alone on an old wooden table. There was no one there. The next morning I returned. There was no table. There was no candle. I looked up and saw the Vieja. This time she said nothing, but rather stood there slowly shaking her head. I walked away slowly and never went back.

Oooh, cool story, EZ! Spooky!

Normally, Experts Dottie and Lewis are up next, but this week, they’re both unavailable. Waaaaahhhh! Let’s admire their adorableness:

And wrap up this Panel of Experts. Thack, good story, and yes – very strange. Andy, I hope lots of my readers take you up on your offer!

Thanks to all of you for being so awesome!

The Experts will return in exactly one week. They hope to see you back here!

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

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if this plant was real or fake:

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Gennafer wrote, “Fake! :) Happy June!”

Jason from Gardeninacity (in Chicago) wrote, “I was going to say real but then saw how the petioles are exactly the same for every pair of leaves. So: fake.”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Fake, but not as bad a fake as the ficus, so I won’t have to resort to vodka this week. which will make some people happy. not necessarily me tho.”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “Fake! Have a lovely weekend :)

That’s four votes fake, zero votes real.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a closer look:



Good thing it gets such good light!. Not! On the upside, it’s not the ugliest fake plant I’ve ever seen, and it doesn’t seem to be as dusty as most. So it’s not that bad. Still, a real plant would thrive in that location and look so much prettier.

Gennafer, you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. Good job! For being so swift, you’ve earned the title of “Firstest, Bestest, Speediest, Fastest, Most Dominant Yet with a Sweet Disposition, Premierest, Grandest Championette of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond.” Congratulations! You may multiply all the prizes this week by six summer nights.

You’re all winners, well played! To show my appreciation for your participation, I’d like to award you each the following prizes: One voucher good for summer (redeemable in two weeks), binoculars, 11 green chile enchiladas, one enameled trombone, a pocket full of gold stars, a cordial lizard, 13 1/4 bonus points, a kneecap to spare, two snifters full of melted gummi bears, five activities to look forward to, two thumbs up, an eight-layer surprise taco dip (surprise, the eightth layer is jello!), mint jelly, nine extra credit points, perennials, and ginger ale. Congrats, and thanks for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this flower 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, June 13th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s panel of Experts. 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.