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A couple of months ago, I carved out an area of the back yard for a flower garden, and planted lots of seeds, mostly different varieties of Zinnias. I carefully planted one little portion with Cosmos seeds only.

I waited a couple weeks, and nada. No sprouts.

So then I pulled out all the seeds I’d collected the last couple of years in Albuquerque – my Penstemon, Agastache, Gaillardia and Hollyhock seeds, and more. I threw them all into the bed together willy nilly.

A couple of weeks later, still nothing. (Except for the Cosmos portion of the bed – lots of encouraging sprouts there.)

Then I decided to pick up a few seed packets – Portulaca, more Zinnias, some wildflower mixes. Planted ’em all with no thought to straight rows or neat little bunches of flowers. I stood over the main portion of the bed and scattered them with wild abandonment like I had beforehand. I felt like the wind. Or a flock of birds.

A couple of weeks later, the Cosmos portion was thriving, but the rest of the bed was disappointing. A handful of sprouts that I could identify as Zinnias, a stray Cosmos sprout or two. But pretty much nothing else.

Then last week, it rained – poured – for nearly two days in a row. I should mention, the bed isn’t on drip irrigation, but I was very good about keeping it moist so the seeds could germinate.

But I had nothing on the rain.

Suddenly, I had dots of green galore. Yay!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flower sprouts galore

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flower sprouts galore

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flower sprouts galore

My takeaway here isn’t that I should’ve been more diligent about planting in an orderly fashion. It wasn’t that I’m going to need to thin those when they get a little bigger. And it wasn’t that perhaps I should’ve exercised more patience from the beginning.

Nope. None of the above.

My takeaway from this is that I love rain in the desert.

One thing I don’t like about the desert? The spring winds. I thought I’d escaped the ones that hit New Mexico by living in the low valley of Arizona. But I was wrong. A few days after the rain, we had 45-50 mph gusts of wind for a whole weekend.

Which brings me to another first in the garden: First major cleanup of spring.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, backyard cleanup

(I know, this doesn’t look too bad, but it’s only the tiny area by my back door. The entire back yard is littered with leaves and trash. Also, to my amusement, the welcome mat by the front door somehow ended up in the back yard. Not sure if it flew over the apartment or went through a series of turns and flights.)

 

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

The birds looooooooove these flowers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, hummingbird food

The shooting suspect is dead! He killed himself this morning after shooting at the police, who were closing in on him. Click here to read the story. I know it doesn’t speak well of me to cheer someone’s death, but I don’t care. I’m glad he’s off our streets.

It’s time for the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again, yay! You know how much I love flowers!

Let’s start by checking out the backdoor container garden oasis on a recent afternoon:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Shadows nonetheless, I’m still happy with how the containers have performed all summer. They have been a joy.

Also a joy, the Cosmos flowers in front:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

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Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I sure will miss them when they’re gone.

More from the back – the Marigolds making me happy:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

The Geraniums (somewhat) came back to life after a long absence this summer:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

The Gazanias also came back to life after an absence:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Another fav is the Agastache:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

My fall bloomers are still blowing my mind, the Zauschneria ‘California fuchsia’:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I have no regrets adding those to my garden.

Indoors, Candy, a Lime tree, is producing heavenly scents indoors:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Lady Evermore, an Aeschynanthus, has blooms but they don’t produce a scent. Which is ok, because she makes up for it in color:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

And the Echeveria whose bloom is like the energizer bunny:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

It’s so nice to have blooms indoors.

Judging by the buds on the Schlumbergeras, next month will be packed with Christmas Cactus blooms. Fingers crossed anyway.

So that’s what’s blooming in and around my casa. If you like flowers as much as me, you should check out Carol’s blog over at May Dreams Gardens. She’s the one who suggested we post photos of our blooms around the 15thish of each month. Thanks Carol, for hosting again.

I’ll be back tomorrow with photos from those of you who don’t blog but still want to share their flowers with us. If you haven’t sent photos to me yet, you have plenty of time. Just shoot me an email.

I hope to see all of you back here.

Hey, lots of pretty flowers!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

And indoors:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, September 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around our casas on the 15thish of each month. Be sure to check out everyone’s flower photos on her blog.

As I mentioned, I’ll post photos for you nonbloggers out there tomorrow. You still have time to email your flower pics to me. I hope to see you back here.

Hey look! Lots of photos of pretty flowers blooming in and around mi casa:

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Indoors, Lady Evermore, an Aeschynanthus plant, is rocking some blooms:

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

And so is the adorable Echeveria on the windowsill:

Good To Grow, Liza's flowers, August 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Still!)

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for encouraging us to post photos of what’s blooming in and around our houses on the 15thish of each month. Check out her blog for more pretty flowers.

If you don’t have a blog but would still like to share your flower photos, you can email them to me. Recently I’ve been posting them the day after my own, but tomorrow I have an all-new Ask the Experts scheduled. So let’s aim for Tuesday to publish them instead, our August Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day. That will give you the weekend to shoot photos and get them to me. You can also post them on my facebook wall.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the Experts. Hope to see you here!

I post a lot of photos of my backdoor container garden oasis, but not many of the front of the house. That prompted one reader to ask why. My answer is that I live in a rental, and the front of the house is a hot mess.

Someone long ago put down landscaping material and gravel…and since then, all sorts of plants have popped right through the “barrier.” There was a plum tree, a bunch of Chamisa and Morning Glories when I moved in, later I added a Spanish Broom and some grasses (as well as several herbs, onions and garlic in the area by the street). My landlady planted lots of Irises and Alliums. Each spring, Bachelor Buttons, Nigella and Larkspur show up on their own. Each summer, Cosmos appear. There is also Globe Mallow, Sage (which multiplies like crazy), Hollyhocks and Silkvine – none of which were invited as far as I know. Of course, there are also lots of weeds, mostly Dandelions and *^#@* Nightshade.

While I like many of those plants and flowers (especially the Cosmos), there’s no order, no planning and no theme to the front yard. I’m not willing to do much as a renter to change that. So like I said, it’s a mess. If I owned the house, I’d yank the gravel first (it makes weeding difficult) and then I’d plan a garden more appropriate for the high desert.

Still, I could do a little more than I had been. I’ve been so focused on the backdoor garden that I didn’t even bother with containers in the front. (I rarely even use the front door.)

Until now, that is.

I decided to do a little cleaning and planting for fall. It’s the least I could do – I mean, look how bad the front had been looking:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, front yard tangled mess

Those are mostly spent Nigella flowers that I had neglected to clean up. I also found a pigeon carcass by the steps (which illustrates how often I spend time there). Two of the containers have chipped paint, the metal container was rusted through. And I wondered how they could pass me up for the “House of the Month” award, haha!

(In fairness, just outside this shot, everything is ridiculously green – the Cosmos are making quite the comeback.)

Anyway.

I planted some purty flowers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, front yard tangled mess

I cleared out much of the dead crap, although not all of it as it was about a million degrees outside. It’s a work in progress, but much improved. (The photo above was taken just after I hosed everything down.)

I particularly like the Rudbeckia and the Agastache together:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, front yard tangled mess

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, front yard tangled mess

So thanks, Ginny, for inspiring me to do better! When the Cosmos take off, I’ll update you on how the front looks.

What about you? Are there parts of your yard you like to pretend don’t exist?

And now for photos of what’s blooming in and around my casa:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, June 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of our pretty flowers on the 15th of each month. Thanks Carol!

Time once again for photos of what’s blooming in and around the casa:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Bougainvillea)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Thunbergia)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Sphaeralcea, Globe Mallow)

The Mexican Evening Primrose is as pretty in the evenings…

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

…as in the morning:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Penstemon ‘Firecracker’)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Delphinium, Larkspur)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Osteospermums)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Agastache)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Spartium, ‘Spanish Broom’)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(A blooming onion)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Nigella, ‘Love in a Mist’)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

(Nigella, ‘Love in a Mist’)

Inside the casa, one of the Euphorbia milii plants busted out some adorable new blooms:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

The Birthday Orchid continues to bloom strong:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

And Nel, a Chlorophytum comosum ‘Spider Plant,’ flowers continuously:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

And my backdoor container garden oasis has blooms throughout:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, May 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I love flowers!

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for encouraging us to post photos of what’s blooming around the 15th of each month.

If you have pretty flower photos to share, but not a blog, send me your pics (lizatheplantlady@gmail.com) and I’ll post them tomorrow. (If you do have a blog and want to send me photos, that’s ok, too!)

Hope to see you back here!

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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.

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