Hello plantaristas, and happy Friday!

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

Our beloved Experts on are on break, so let’s admire their adorableness:


So cute!

Then move on to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if these plants were real or fake:

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

Let’s see how you answered:

mr_subjunctive of Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “Real.”

Carmen wrote, “All those plants look pretty real to me.”

Joseph Brenner wrote, “Real.(B>{D}”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Real. Wall mounted thingy. Some of them are showing signs of needing a tax more light tho”

Terrence from Dynamic Gardening wrote, “The heart leaf philodendron and croton plants look very real to me. I like the gloss on the philodendron’s leaves.”

That’s five votes real, zero votes fake.

So what’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a wider look:

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

They’re real! Pretty cool, too, aren’t they? I spotted these at a funky coffee shop in Santa Fe, called Iconik Coffee (1600 Lena St). These are freshly planted (the frames had had different plants the first time I went there). But yes, Claude with the keen eyes, some of the plants are already showing that they would like a little more light (you can see them reaching). Overall, very healthy and fun. I’m looking forward to watching them grow.

mr_subjunctive, you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. Well played! For being so speedy, this week you’ve earned the following title: The Fastest, Plantiest, Swiftest, Bestest, Quickest, Awesomest, Premierest, Most Plantastic, Hastiest, of High Moral Fiber, Fleet-Footedest, Greenest, Rapidest, Outstandingest Plant Intellectest, Leadingest, Snappiest Dresser, Earliest, Also Has Grooviest Dance Moves, Grandest Championest of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Then Some.

Congratulations, mr_s! Please, multiply all the prizes by six caramel candies and a red backhoe as my thank you to you. I appreciate your planty ways!

Everyone’s a winner. Nice job! To show my gratitude for your playing, I’d like to award you each the following prizes: Mango sorbet, the first week of June, five accolades, four checkered tablecloths, two Agave plants, 14 bonus points, a mountain stream, one Camino Encantado, navy blue, eight bottle caps, a magic wand, three plazas, 42 frijoles negros, a rocking chair, nine celebratory gestures, a song in your heart, one green chile quesadilla, two fist bumps, an extra ankle, a bouquet of wildflowers, shade, a jar of marbles, four spare prizes, seven kudos, the Juniest month, a new pair of sandals and a half dozen chocolate chip cookies. Congrats, and thanks for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???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. You have until midnight MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) next Thursday, June 5th, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s Panel of Experts. 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.