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As usual, I have no idea who to credit for the design or the photo. The image is from Pinterest (there is a link associated with the photo, but the site is no longer active).

To whoever created this lovely space – well done! Can you come to my house next please?



Are those fake barrel cacti? Considering that they are being used so artistically, I guess I don’t automatically hate them for not being real plants. Add in their stunning surroundings and I guess I’m ok with them.

I love modern buildings like that, don’t you?

Image is from Pinterest.

Yes, please!


If this is a private home, I’d really like to become friends with the owners so I can be invited over to enjoy it:


They might have a tough time getting rid of me, though.

(Image from Pinterest)


Just a quick reminder that you have time to answer some houseplant interview questions if you wish. I’ll post your answers tomorrow. Here’s a link to the questions: Click here!

I like the idea of showcasing beautiful outdoor living areas, but the reality is a different matter. Whether I’m searching on Pinterest or just googling “outdoor living,” the vast majority of images are from enormous houses with impossibly huge back yards. It was fun to daydream about them for a minute, but I keep hoping to find images of more down-to-earth backyards. Outdoor spaces for everyday people. They are not that easy to find!

Of course, the fancy yards are great. I personally love the infinity pools and gigantic outdoor kitchens. But after seeing thousands of images, I find that I can’t relate to very many of those yards. Which makes me think you probably have trouble relating, as well. I mean, how many of us are really going to have an outdoor dining area that seats 30 people? How many of us have a pool and a pond and a perfectly manicured lawn? My guess is not many. Or, at least not many of my readers!! I don’t believe I have attracted the super wealthy crowd on my humble little blog here. (If you’re super wealthy and you are reading this blog, please, feel free to contact me about donating to my newly created “dream life” fund – it’s a great investment! Uh, a great investment for me, that is!)


If you have a beautiful garden, or outdoor living space, or know of one, and you’d like to share it with my readers, please send me photos! I’d rather use examples from real people.

In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for more low-key examples out there on the web. Like this charming space:


Very simple, very sweet, and (hopefully) inspirational to anyone looking to makeover a backyard space on a budget.

What do you think? Would you rather see photos of the fancy backyards, or the realistic ones, or some combination of both?


It’s not so much the kitchen design I like so much (although, from what I can see of it, it’s cool!), it’s that someone is making good use of their rooftop space – that, I love!

I got this image from Pinterest, who says the credit for the kitchen work goes to Stonehenge Hardscape Atlanta. Which is nice for a change.

Are you using your roof for outdoor living? Would you consider it?

I’d love to hear from you!

I’m dreaming of a place far, far away from the desert…



Image from Pinterest.

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

Ok, maybe this isn’t beautiful, but I love its practicality for stashing kids’ toys:


I don’t think kids are ever too young to begin learning that everything has its place. If you start teaching them when they’re little, they can carry those organizational skills through their entire lives. Which is pretty cool. (Image from Pinterest.)

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

I like this funky little space. For one, it’s a good upcycle to use those pallets to create an outdoor living area. Also, I’m a sucker for red.


I got the image from Pinterest.

I’ll be back tomorrow with photos of pretty flowers, for May’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, and on Thursday with May’s Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day. Hope to see you back here.

I think this is a gorgeous design for a smallish space.


Whoever lives here obviously enjoys outdoor living. And now I want to be friends!

I found the image on Pinterest, it may have been pinned by I don’t know who to credit for the design. Thank you, whoever you are, we like your style!

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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.

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