Hello Septemberists, 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 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:

Liz from Jemez wrote, Real

mr_subjunctive from the Plants Are the Strangest People site wrote, “Real?”

Christine Farrow wrote, Real!

Ivynettle from the Letters and Leaves site wrote, “A little hard to tell, but I’m going to say real as well.”

Judy from Ohio wrote, “Real”

Diane wrote, “Real”

That’s six votes real, zero votes fake.

What’s the correct answer?

Maybe a closer view will help:

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

No? Still can’t tell? Let’s get a little closer:

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

They’re totally FAKE!!!!

I STUMPED YOU ALL! Granted, they’re pretty good-looking fakes. But they are indeed plastic!

Woohoo for me for stumping you!!! I’m on top of the world! I’m the queen of plant puzzlers! I’m the bomb diggity! StumpMaster Me! Haha, I can’t get enough of this win!

Ok, ok, I’ll calm down now!

Even though I’m the winner, you’re the ones who get the prizes for playing. So to show my appreciation for your participation, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: The first September weekend, a gold trophy, six handpicked peaches, four accolades, a gentle breeze, two coffee cups, 13 1/3 extra credit points, a new bromance, five philosophies, half on, three penguins, strawberry wine, a spare earlobe, one marble tabletop, a free vacation to tomorrow, 16 more points, one pair of scissors, a long-sleeved t-shirt, one less spider web, the Santa Fe ski basin, sausage, one asteroid, your own personal chef for the weekend, Ojo Caliente, four jars of confetti, Laverne, three hugs, 11 heart songs, six loving moments, a compliment about your outfit, one performance, and a stack of peace. Congratulations, and thanks so much for playing.

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Are these plants 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, September 11th to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real. Good luck!