It’s patio season again!

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That means it’s time to visit our friends over at Horse & Angel Tavern in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights (near Eubank and Juan Tabo in the Mountain Run Shopping Center) and spruce up their patio.

Good To Grow, Horse and Angel Tavern, The Plant Lady Chronicles

As in years past, I ordered flower baskets from Milton at McLain Greenhouses in Estancia, New Mexico. McLain’s is one of the few remaining wholesalers in the state, and the flowers Milton grows are beautiful. He offers big gorgeous hanging baskets that I like to order for the tavern.

This year’s flower order was not without its tribulations. I don’t want to get into the details but basically, the baskets I ordered were suddenly no longer available, and I had to make several adjustments on my end to account for that – like delaying the installation, choosing different baskets and changing the price. I wasn’t happy about how it all went down, but I rolled with it. And my clients at H&A have been great about accommodating the last-minute changes.

So they weren’t my first choice, but I’m still very happy with the flower baskets that I did get for the patio. Here’s a look at some of them:

Good To Grow, Horse and Angel Tavern, The Plant Lady Chronicles

There are fifteen baskets total. Five are Bougainvillea baskets, and 10 are mixtures with all sorts of flowers in them, including Petunias, Thunbergia, Osteospermum, and more. It’s hard to see from the photos, but those are primarily orange and purple flowered baskets, with lots of greenery, too, and the Bougs are all hot pink. The baskets aren’t as large as last year’s, but they are still big and beautiful.

Good To Grow, Horse and Angel Tavern, The Plant Lady Chronicles

When those vines take off, it should make for a lush patio setting.

Good To Grow, Horse and Angel Tavern, The Plant Lady Chronicles

One of the employees commented that it was nice that the patio wasn’t naked anymore. He was right that the flowers change the way the whole place looks.

Good To Grow, Horse and Angel Tavern, The Plant Lady Chronicles

I’m forcing the Bougainvilleas to grow up – by tying the branches to the poles – because we have to keep the sidewalk clear for pedestrians. We definitely don’t want someone getting a Boug thorn in the face!

Tying the flowers to the poles also helps reduce the possibility of theft…because we know that people with a few drinks in them think that taking flower baskets that don’t belong to them is a good idea.

Good To Grow, Horse and Angel Tavern, The Plant Lady Chronicles

Despite the rocky start, I think this patio will look amazing all summer long. It’s good to have it open again. Thanks to everyone at Horse & Angel for letting me decorate the patio. If you’re in Albuquerque and go to H&A, be sure to let me know how you think they look! Thanks!

I’ll be back tomorrow, I hope to see you here.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

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