Hello New Yearserazzis, 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 (they’ll be back next Friday), so let’s admire their adorableness:

 

And move on to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last time we played, 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:

Alissa wrote, “I miss your blog! Been busy, life is super chaotic the last few months. I’m going to say real.”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Real, but i have no idea why it’s been planted like that….”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Real.”

That’s three votes real, zero votes fake.

So what’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a wider view:

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

Real!

Claude, it’s planted like that because it’s in a container which is in another container. Just for fun and variety. Spanish moss is standard fare to cover up the grower pot. A disguise, if you will.

We know it’s real because it’s prettier than any fake plant could ever hope to be. Nice coloring, nice striping. It’s a Chlorophytum comosum, or Spider plant. It needs a bigger pot but is otherwise happy and healthy.

Everyone’s a winner, not surprisingly. Your plant knowledge is extensive and impressive.

Alissa, after a long absence (we missed you, too!), you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. Congratulations! For being so speedy with your answer, this week you’ve earned the following epithet: Drrrrrrrrrrrrrrumroll please, I’M AWESOME, WATCH OUT WORLD I’M COMING FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

So for example, if you meet some new people this weekend, you should introduce yourself as Alissa Renae Drrrrrrrrrrrrrrumroll please, I’M AWESOME, WATCH OUT WORLD I’M COMING FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! If you say it in a nonthreatening way, I’m sure you’ll forge lifelong bonds. Congrats, lady! You may multiply all the prizes by hot fudge.

Everyone’s a winner, well played! To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award you each the following prizes: One happy new year, four shimmering stories, 12 1/3 bonus points, six shoutouts, an extra set of biceps, a succulent bowl, a soup bowl, a rose bowl, a taco bowl, three toy trains, seven expressions of joy, one priceless work of artly poses, five rubies, one teeny hippopotamus, 2 1/2 braids, a cosmic message, hot tea, two do-overs, garden love, several playoffs, a universal smile, 2nd Street, scallops, a pair of polka-dotted overalls, three oohs, four ahhhs, and my perpetual gratitude. Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is the ivy plant on the wall real or fake?

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

Oooh, purposely difficult photo! If it looks like you guys are having trouble with it, I’ll give you a hint  later in the week.

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, January 9th, 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.

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