Hola dahlinks, and happy Friday!

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

Our beloved Experts on are on a much-deserved break, so let’s admire their adorableness:


And go straight to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if this flower was 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, “That is a genuine fake…. crysanthemum? Aster? shapeless polyester blob? What the hell is that thing? are we absolutely certain that’s supposed to be a flower?”

Joseph Brenner wrote, “As real as a George Bush dollar.”

Jason from Garden in a City (Chicago) wrote, “Oh, that is fake alright, but it would be even better if they jammed in a few more plastic petals pointing in random directions.”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “So fake that I can’t even tell what this is supposed to be.”

That’s four votes fake, zero votes real.

So what’s the correct answer? Let’s take a wider view:

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

Ugh – so fake, so ugly! A long time ago, some employee thought these would be a good way to spruce up the company kitchen. They weren’t very pretty to begin with, but today they are also grimy and dusty. I’m not sure if the other employees even notice that they are there, but I notice their ugliness every time I see them. To me, they are just cluttering up the joint. Yuck!

There may be some fake flowers out there that look better but no fake flower can rival the beauty of a real one, just as fake plants are never as pretty as real plants.

Everyone’s a winner this week. Claude, you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. FOR THE THIRD WEEK IN A ROW!!! Well played! For being so fast, you’ve earned the title of “I’m Once, Twice, Three Times a Winner on Liza’s Houseplant Blog But Also in Life Because I’m Awesome.” Congratulations! You may multiply all the prizes by leftover fireworks.

I’d like to show all of you my appreciation for your participation by awarding you the following prizes: Four tamales, July 5th, three showtunes, 16 1/3 extra credit points, glitter, two times two, iced tea, 12 bonus points, one diminutive hedgehog, six frozen yogurt popsicles, blue yarn, three markers, a coupon good for 25% off your next coupon, the weekend, an A+ and four homeruns.

Congrats, and thanks for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler for you:

???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 or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, July 11th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. 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.