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Due to a recent spurt of decluttering parts of the house, I moved Peach, a Norfolk Island Pine, to a new location. A few days after that, I noticed something weird about her.

Here she is:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Peach's little secret

Can you see it?

Maybe a closer look will help:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Peach's little secret

Anything yet?

No?

Let’s get closer still:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Peach's little secret

A leftover Christmas ornament!!!! Found in April. Go figure.

What a dork!

Hey, since we’re on the subject of Peach, because of her new location, I won’t be able to admire how pretty she is in the late afternoon sun…since she won’t be in the sun anymore. But a few weeks ago, I was admiring her beauty, and took this photo:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Peach's little secret

Handsome tree. She’s come a long way from her scrawny beginnings.

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

I love it when one of my plant business clients moves up in the world. In this case, the lawyers moved to a new office, on the 9th floor of a building in Midtown. Much fancier!

Look at this view!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, New office digs for a client

Those are the Sandia Mountains to the east of Albuquerque.

The plants in the office are much happier, too, because now they get eastern and western exposure, instead of only northern exposure. They’re growing like crazy.

It’s a win-win for everyone!

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Heeeyyyyyyy, hi everyone! Didja miss me? You better have, haha! Just kidding!

It was good to have a little break. I took time off the blog, got out of town for a few days. Now I’m back, enjoying our warm New Mexico weather. (Remind me of days like today once the spring winds begin!)

I’m still playing catch up but I thought I should start blogging about plant stuff again one of these days. So today, lookee – the Gasteraloe (named Gus) has more pretty flowers!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Plant Lady Chronicles

So cute!

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

The Aloe flower stalks in the atrium at KOBtv are growing nicely:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Plant Lady Chronicles

I took photos when I was there last week. It’s hard to get decent photos because of that wall behind the plant. My phone gets confused about where to focus its attention!

The plant is very happy. The stalks are about three feet tall now, and still growing. Only the lowest flowers have actually opened so far, which I’m not sure if you can see that in the photo. When I go back this week, I’ll see if I can get a close-up.

The flowers are very similar to the Gasteraloe that I have blooming at my house, except they’re not as colorful.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

What a difference a few days makes in a garden.

Today, we have spring flowers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

Some of the Crocus flowers were already blooming when Albuquerque got hit with two big (for the desert) winter storms over the weekend. More have since opened.

Here’s what the planter box looked like on Saturday, from the top step looking down:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

No sign of purple under there.

Over the weekend, another flower box looked like this:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

Completely obscured are the garlic shoots, Hyacinths and Chionodoxa. You can see some of the Daffodil leaves through the snow.

Today, we have these guys:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

Like nothing ever happened. Happy as can be.

Here’s what all the containers looked like on Saturday morning:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

And earlier today:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

They wouldn’t be early spring bloomers if they couldn’t handle the occasional snow dump. They probably relished the moisture.

Because of the timing of our snow the past few months, I haven’t watered in the front gardens a single time. Yet I still found these a couple of days ago:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

It’s amazing to me what Nature handles on its own. Even in the desert.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

And it has nothing to do with fisticuffs!

And it’s not really breaking, as I already told you about a few weeks ago. The flower stalk on the potted Aloe at KOBtv is progressing nicely:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

The flowers aren’t particularly attractive, but that’s ok. It’s still a good sign when a plant flowers.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

Another Aloe in the atrium is also sending up a new flower stalk:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

Happy Plants!

Reportedly happier than the newsmen!

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Spotted a few days ago at Billy’s Long Bar, the latest sign that spring is almost here:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, the Plant Lady Chronicles

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Have you ever tried to “smuggle” plants or plant cuttings back home from your vacation? I’d never tried it but it turns out, it’s possible.

Consider Exhibit A:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, smuggled plant cuttings

I didn’t know Euphorbia milii ‘Crown of Thorns’ plants grow outdoors in Florida, or that I would lust after them so much. They were everywhere, and with pretty red bracts, and variegated red/pink bracts – so cute!

I wanted some!

I asked permission to take cuttings (granted), and then I searched Florida’s laws about transferring plants across state lines (found nothing saying you couldn’t), and New Mexico’s about bringing in plants from out of state (also nothing saying you couldn’t).

The biggest issues then became how to package them and how to get them through security at the airport.

The packaging problem was solved by a handy Cheerio’s box that protected the cuttings (which were taken two days before my flight so the cuts had a chance to scar over). The cuttings were wrapped in newspaper, then stuffed into the cereal box.

But now security. Should I be proactive and point out how the cuttings have very sharp thorns? Beg the TSA to believe me when I say that I have no intention of using the plants as a weapon against flight attendants? Or say nothing at all?

I chose the latter.

I had no problem throwing them out if I got busted at the airport – they were just cuttings and therefore not technically plants. But it would’ve been a bit of a bummer.

They never blinked an eye at my thorny plants inside the Cheerio’s box inside my carry-on bag. Like they didn’t notice the plants, or didn’t care. I’d like to think the plants were noticed but that the agent who saw them used common sense to determine they were not a threat. Who knows, maybe she was a plant lover herself.

Either way, I’m very excited to have them here. They still have a journey ahead of them – growing roots and all – but they are planted and I’m optimistic they’ll thrive.

How about you? Have you ever taken plant cuttings on an airplane? If so, how did it work out for you?

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, lonely plant

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

One of the Aloe plants at KOBtv is forming a bud for the first time ever!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

We’ll be covering this story until the flowers are fully formed.

Now back to you in the studio.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

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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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