Hello winter wonderlandists, and happy Friday!

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

Brrrr! Is it cold where you are? My guess is probably – it’s cold in most places across the country, including here in Albuquerque. I mean, not like Minnesota cold, but definitely cold for the southwest.

Today we’ve got some plant puzzler action for you. Before we get to those, the Experts are still on a break, so let’s admire their adorableness:


And then move on:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if this lemon tree was real or fake:

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

I’d also given a hint that the photograph was taken in Santa Fe in mid-December.

Let’s see how you answered:

mr_subjunctive from the Plants Are the Strangest People site wrote, “So fake.”

Martha from the Plowing Through Life site wrote, “Looks very fake to me!”

Terrence from the Dynamic Gardening site wrote, “This lemon tree does not look real, neither does the fruit.”

Joseph Brenner from Texas wrote, “A certifiably genuine fake.(B>{D}”

Wendy13 from New Mexico wrote, “Pretty sure it’s fake. Not enough sun in winter to make it fruit like that.”

Claude from the Random Rants and Prickly Plants site wrote, “Well lemons grow on the street here…and they dont look like that… so I’m going with fake…”

That’s six votes fake, zero votes real.

So what’s the correct answer?

Maybe a closer look will help us determine that:

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

Soooo fake! I think the lemons were made of styrofoam. The reason I gave the hint that the photo was taken in mid-December is because real lemon trees probably wouldn’t have fruit until late spring, not in the winter.

I’m against fake plants because they’re ugly, expensive and collect dust. This one wasn’t the ugliest fake I’ve ever seen, but it was still way uglier than a real tree would’ve been. Real plants and trees add an ambiance to your house that fake plants can never provide. Plus, why have fake lemons when you can have real ones growing in your house? It makes no sense to me.


You guys all nailed it! Great job, everyone! I’m not surprised with your eagle eyes.

To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award you each the following prizes: Two igloos, four temperatures rising, one all-expenses-paid vacation to tomorrow, eight turkey meatballs, three magic spells, midnight blue, 13 1/2 bonus points, one mother and child reunion, a bolo tie, nine cartoons that matter, three toy trains, ice capades, one comet, a crockpot, Sandra Bullock, five wishes granted, a tray of extra lips, one free life coach, 11 ocean breezes, four hilarious jokes, a caesar salad with croutons, six uplifting moments, winter fireworks, Indianapolis, three snow maidens, several compliments on your hair, two baby falcons, one field of poppies, beautiful hardwood floors, 50% more memories, seven snowballs, three onion rings, a desk lamp, Puerto Rico, your own personal butler, one viking hat, sticktoitiveness, a pageant in your honor, the key to the city, Shauna, five goals met, seven hugs, two ski lifts, Unser Boulevard, three full-bodied flavors, five prayer flags, two rodeos, a montage of your greatest moments, one new jam, extended blooming, a high five, one pair of khakis, and four leaps of faith.

Congratulations! Thank you for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler for you:

???Real or Fake???

Is this Anthurium flower (and 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 January 15th to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winners next Friday. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.