Sooooo this post is my 1,500th since October of 2009. Wow! That’s an average of 300 posts per year for the last five years. That’s a lot of writing, a lot of time, a lot of discipline, a lot of photographs. Not too shabby, eh?

Instead of having some sort of celebratory giveaway – because, you know, all I have is imaginary prizes to offer – I thought I would return to this blog’s roots by showcasing the houseplants who have been the driving force behind it.

Like the south foyer crew:

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

From left to rightish, that’s Ellie (Euphorbia milii), Dottie, Crissy and Easter (the Schlumbergeras, or Christmas Cacti), Vicente (Huernia), Elise (Euphorbia milii), Gus (Gasteraloe), two unnamed succulent bowls, Carl (Stapelia), Calamity Pete (NOID Cactus), four unnamed succulent bowls, and Izzy’s offspring (more on them in a minute).

I spent part of yesterday cleaning everyone up and prepping them to be photo ready and winter ready. Everyone got showers, everyone’s saucers got cleaned. The floor was swept and mopped. It’s been quite awhile since they have gotten much attention from me – the summer sorta slipped by without much effort on my part.

The only ones I didn’t want to move to the kitchen for sink showers were the Schlumbergeras, because they are beginning to bud (just starting) and it’s best to keep them stable once buds start to form. Turns out, I missed Crissy’s buds completely when I looked last week (they were in the back, I turned her around as I went to clean behind her pot and boom! There they were!). She’s way out in front of the others:

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

One upshot of spending some time with the houseplants is discovering flower buds you didn’t see previously. So woohoo for Crissy! Lots of nice pink blooms in time for Halloween.

Do you remember when I used Izzy’s cuttings to make a cursive L for Liza? (Izzy is a Kalanchoe rhombopilosa. Click here for the original post about the letter.) You can still kinda see the shape:

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

If you squint, that is, and use your imagination. That’s a lot of growth from only February of 2014. They are happy little guys!

The kitchen windowsill crew wanted to say hello, too. Here they are:

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

There are other plants in the house, of course, like Danny (Dieffenbachia), Peach (Norfolk Island Pine), the Chlorophytums, Haworthias, Synadeniums, an Osmanthus and some others. They’re all growing well. They were excited to hear about the milestone for this blog, because they love knowing their images are out there in the world for anyone to see.

Lots of the plants that were here when I started the blog have passed away, or been brutally thrown away by me because of bugs or annoyance or whatever. That’s ok. Plants come and go. I can’t get all emotional about them because that’s just the way it is. I think I did a nice job of appreciating each one while it graced my home.

One plant who hasn’t gone yet is Candy, the Lime tree. She was banished to the outdoors for the summer due to mealy bugs, but she’s actually been thriving out there. I plan on cleaning her up and getting her back inside in the coming days. I hope that having vacationed outside all summer will help her bloom indoors all winter. Fingers crossed anyway.

Anyhoo. That pretty much catches you up on what’s going on around here. 1,500. 1,500!!!!!!

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