Helloooooooooo! Happy top o’ the week to ya!

Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so.

There was a lot going on in Albuquerque. One event I managed to attend was our Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico sale at the garden center on Lomas near Eubank (next to the skate park). I’m not a member of the club yet – I need to talk to them about joining – but the sale was good. People were cheerful. It was super crowded though. I was hoping for a chance to talk to some of the growers but they were mobbed by other people. Everyone was busy!

In the coming weeks, I’ll show you some of the winners of their plant contest, as well as introduce you to a couple of new plants I got. Exciting stuff!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some highlights from the casa this week:

My cursive “L” for “Liza” – made out of pieces from a Kalanchoe rhombopilosa – is growing well!

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

That’s a score for Team Liza.

I’d gotten the original Kalanchoe at the same succulent sale a few years prior. I looked for more at this year’s sale but didn’t see any. I wouldn’t have bought another one – I enjoy the plant, it’s interesting looking, but it’s not my favorite by any stretch of the imagination. I was surprised not to see them for sale, however.

After seeing some of the contest entrants at the succulent sale, it made me wish I’d entered my “L” – I may have earned a few points for creativity. Maybe next year!

In other news, my cute little birthday pepper plant is also growing well on my kitchen windowsill, biding his time until he gets to go outside for the summer:

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

I’ve noticed that vegetable and herb plants, even the tiny ones, drink way, way more water than regular houseplants. This baby guy has a seemingly unquenchable thirst. He’s sitting in a saucer with pebbles, which I add water to every day. Sometimes twice a day. Crazy for such a little ol’ plant! Clearly, he’s happy and spoiled.

Speaking of vegetables, a few of the onions growing in my container gardens are starting to bolt. Boo!

I have the garlic and the onions growing next to each other, so I was hoping that I was actually seeing garlic scapes and not onion flowers, but alas, they’re from the onions. I snapped ’em all but I believe the damage is done. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that the rest of them grow fine. I really, really want them to grow to maturity – they’ve been growing for so many months already! I should have answers in the next few weeks.

And finally, big news – the hummingbirds are back! The feeders are out for the season:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, return of the hummingbirds

I don’t know why I’m so surprised every year when they come back.

I’ll be back tomorrow with photos of what’s blooming in and around the casa for the April Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. If you have photos of your spring blooms but don’t have your own blog, send them to me and I’ll post them for you in an April Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day later in the week.

I hope to see you back here tomorrow.

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