Hello snowbunnies, and happy Friday!

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

Yay for Friday! It’s been a long week, so I’m ready to cap the week off with our Ask the Experts Panel. I’ll have more puzzler action for you as well.

Speaking of the Experts, let’s say hi to them first. Hi everyone!


“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You’re so cute! From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

Even though Albuquerque currently has about three inches of snow on the ground, I asked our Experts about spring. Here’s this week’s question:

Q. Have you seen/felt any signs of spring?

Expert Andy, you’re up first as usual.

A. It is as good as spring right now here in Phoenix.  My flowers are blooming in my planters, which should please the readers, and I’m poised to plant my veggie garden this weekend.  The sun is out and the temperatures are in the low to mid 80s right now.  I’ve also seen the hummingbirds back and passing through already which seems to be a better indicator than anything else.  A beautiful green and yellow tinted fellow was buzzing around my ocotillo blooms this morning.  I realize that if you are in the Midwest and East you are hating me about now.  Don’t hate me, get your butts out of there!!!

A. Other than the 60 degree days, the best sign I’ve seen/felt that spring is upon us is that I have unexplained joy in my heart.

A. A small wind found us and it was just warm enough to have come from spring. Pine combs are coming. The sun brought a little heat for a few days running. Pitchers and catchers reported in Arizona and Florida


“Welcome Sweet Springtime, We Greet Thee

With Song!


We had to memorize that song for Jr. High Choir! The calendar says Nay but the birds say Oh Yes!

We’ve had spring weather here for the past two weeks while the rest of the country is in a deep freeze.


No matter the calendar, Mother Nature is in the know — The sweet little hummers are returning daily. Singing their little song and chasing and wooing. We made a mad dash to the bird store for “nesting “ material. They are at it hot and heavy.

Our little Anna’s, that toughed it out throughout the winter, are so happy to see friends return.


All this activity lifts my spirit with the joy of the earth awakening and spreading color, song and beauty everywhere.


Hallelujah! The best is yet to come!

A. Book of Cranes art show at ABQ Open Space Visitor Center
Signs of Spring
At least before this week / brrrrr but oh the glorious snow
Sorry Boston



Nice answers, everyone! I enjoyed hearing from each of you.

I have my own sign of spring:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, crocuses peeking through the snow

Crocus flowers peeking through the snow.

Readers, what about you? Are you seeing any signs of spring where you are? It’s only about three weeks away, although it can feel much later than that if you’ve got snow piled high where you live.

Thank you Experts, for sharing your thoughts and your time with us. We appreciate it!

That’ll do it for this week’s Panel of Experts. Thanks again to everyone for being here.

Up next, the answer to the current puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last time, I asked if these Saguaro cactuses were real or fake:

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Claude from the Random Rants and Prickly Plants site wrote, “Concrete cactus. Whooooo hoooo. They’re fake, but they’re fake enough to be kinda cool. And, lets face it, in most of tje country, outs the only way you’re gonna get a saguaro in the yard…”

Wendy13 from New Mexico wrote, “Faaaake 🙂

Martha from the Plowing Through Life site wrote, “They look awfully fake to me!”

Darryl Cheng, who has this cool tumblr houseplant site wrote, “Looks quite fake!”

Judy from Ohio wrote, “Fake”

suzzt53 wrote, “I don’t live around cacti but these are too fakey-perfect to be real/”

growgrow from the GrowGrowGadgetGrow site wrote, “I think the real question is in regards to the two-headed deer-monster sculpture.

I want to say real because why else would you ask… But they’re just so perfect how could they be alive? Its like the Michael Jackson of cacti.”

That’s seven votes fake, zero votes real, and one vote questioning the homeowner’s taste in statues (I’m glad someone else was as creeped out as me by it!).

What’s the correct answer?

Maybe a (slightly) closer view will help:

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


And pretty darn ugly, too. Saguaros only grow in Arizona, so that would’ve been a tip-off. Also, these fake ones are too uniform – real cactus wouldn’t look like that.

Great job everyone! You totally nailed it.

To show you my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award you each the following prizes: Waning February, five butterflies, three kudos, 13 1/3 bonus points, four sparkles, The Mayflower, two snowmen, your own personal butler, tomato soup, one ball gown, six surprises, nine snowballs, Albert, cash back, three parallel lines, two rainbows, four pillows, seven rubies, a pair of khaki pants, one moonlight serenade, 11 more points, Boise, a glass of milk, 2 o’clock, five honorable mentions, two umbrellas, three spare earlobes, four windowsills, one treasure hunt, lip gloss, a frito pie, and one statue in your likeness.

Congratulations, and thanks so much for playing!

Up next, a 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, March 5th, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winners 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.