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Oh dear, it’s starting:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Quirky Kalanchoe

This cute little plant was a volunteer in a pot with a different succulent, and for a long time, I had no idea what she was. Since then, I determined that she’s probably a Kalanchoe daigremontiana, or Mother of Thousands plant. The thousands refers to the little plantlets that are beginning to grow along the edges of the leaves. Apparently they’ll fall off and start new plants down below the mother plant.

Despite my opening sentence, I’m not actually worried about thousands of babies. That name could practically be applied to every succulent – it seems like they all propagate super easily. Which is fine by me, as I think they’re so cute!

Am I the only one who loves to make new succulent bowls from existing houseplants? Here’s one I planted a few weeks ago:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, newish succulent bowl

Pretty, huh? They may not be that thrilled to be crammed in together, but I’m glad to make the move from five plant containers to one container. Feels exactly like decluttering.

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Well whaddaya know? Remember when I smuggled those Euphorbia milii ‘Crown of Thorn’ cuttings from Florida back to New Mexico? (I wrote about them here.) They dropped all their leaves shortly after I planted them, so I didn’t hold a lot of hope for them to survive. But they did, and now they’re producing new leaves!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Euphorbia milii new leaves

It’s so exciting!

Appropriately, the new leaves started emerging just before Easter. Coincidence? I could not answer that. But it’s cool.

Oops! I did that thing again where I was trying to give a couple of the Experts more time to submit their work, then got too busy over the weekend to complete the Experts post. My bad! I’ll save everyone’s answers for this coming Friday. Sorry about that!

Onward, to new news. Several months back, I threw several plant bits into one container, adding more as time went by, including some Schlumbergera cuttings that have already bloomed. Now, a new plant in the container is beginning to bloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, succulent pot

See the bud stalk in the back?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, succulent pot

The plant is a Haworthia hybrid, I believe. It was a chunk taken from a bigger plant, and this will be its first bloom (the parent plant has never bloomed). I guess that means he’s happy with his south-facing windowsill.

In other news, here’s how the Gasteraloe Gus’s flower stalk is doing:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, succulent pot

The flowers haven’t opened yet, but you can already see their charming colors. Gus has bloomed before, and if I remember correctly, the stalk ended up being three or four feet tall by the time he finished. In other words, he’s just getting started this go-around.

I love it when houseplants bloom!

Oh gosh, I’m so sorry everyone – I totally blew off Friday’s Ask the Experts Panel. I got too busy with work. So now the plan is to hold on to everyone’s answers until this coming Friday.

I’m in catch-up mode at the house, so other than watering, there’s not a lot going on with the houseplants with two notable exceptions. The first is the basil babies:

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

Growing like crazy. Believe it or not, I thinned out about half of them roughly three weeks ago. There is something so special about having fresh herbs growing on the kitchen windowsill. They’ve been making lots of meals much better.

The other exception, the Lemon tree:

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

No matter how busy I am, I have been checking on these flower buds everyday. I’m pretty sure I’ll smell when they open but I still walk over and check again and again.

I cannot wait until someone develops the technology to share scents online – I’ll totally sign up my Lemon tree to be a volunteer.

It’s a gloomy weather day in Albuquerque. Thankfully, it’s not storming like it is elsewhere in the country.

Still, we’re not used to the clouds.

I figured I’d shine the spotlight on plants that are making me smile right now. Like Nel, a Chlorophytum comosum, or Spider Plant:
Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

Such cute blooms!

Also, this Schlumbergera plant:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

After having two successful flowers about a month ago, the Lemon tree has suddenly exploded with buds:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

Which is plantastic news. The whole tree is covered with buds. To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the year.

Finally, my backdoor container garden oasis is bustling with growth, from the onions and garlic, to the spring bulbs popping up everywhere:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

The parsley and oregano never died back over the winter, instead staying green the whole time. The Zauschneria disappeared but is already back in force. The Crocus flowers have been blooming for a couple of weeks. The Daffodils should be blooming in days. The Hyacinths are moving along, as are the Tulips.

It may only be mid-February, but it’s already spring in the desert.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, signs of spring

I spotted the first Crocus blooms on January 30th, which was three days later than the previous year.

The ones in my backdoor container garden oasis bloomed a few days after the ones in the ground:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, signs of spring

So that’s very exciting. Signs of spring everywhere! Not to mention the 70 degree temps over the weekend.

Hello everyone, I’m back! I had a great little getaway. I hope you enjoyed the art pics from around Albuquerque while I was gone.

I’m hoping to get back to some semblance of a normal blog schedule now.

Starting today with an introduction to my newest Schlumbergera (yet to be named):

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

She’s pretty cute, isn’t she? My landlady gave her to me yesterday, insisting she’s no good with indoor plants. I already have three Schlums (all of which are still blooming) so I didn’t really need another. But it’s hard for me to say no to a free healthy plant.

What do you think I should name her?

Also, for no good reason, here’s a photo of my baby basil plants who sit on my kitchen windowsill:

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

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Amaryllis love

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Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

All photos are mine unless otherwise noted. All content is also entirely my hard work. If you'd like to use any content or photos, all you have to do is ask. If you take without asking, you are a thief. And thieves suck. So don't suck. We have a deal? Good.

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