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And now it’s time to showcase the beautiful flowers of people who don’t have blogs but still want to share their photos.

Let’s start with the lovely Ginny Burton, of Burton Optician in DC.

Says Ginny, “Well, the garden is pretty played out by now, due to lack of rain and my innate laziness. But the jasmine is blooming like mad on a pedestal by the front door — a fragrant treat for the mail carrier. I see now that the photo isn’t very good, but there really are lots of flowers!


The zinnias continue to look so pretty (again, not a good picture).  I found the tag for them. They’re Magellan Mix and haven’t had a bit of mildew on them, despite being so crowded in their pots.


I got this Lantana for half price because it was so leggy. I like how intense the colors are.


This ginger is 8′ tall with the blooms at nose level to the back porch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have a scent. They’re more coral colored than the picture shows.


And here’s what’s left of my dill blossoms, complete with the swallowtail butterfly caterpillar that ate them!


Thanks for hosting this NBBD event!”

You’re welcome Ginny! Thanks so much for sharing your pretty flowers with us! And your caterpillar!

Up next, from Turnbull Farms in Bloomington, Indiana, are these photos from Zachary:


(Stevia flowers)


(Squash blossom)



Very nice! Thanks, Zach, for sending those photos to me.

That was fun – I love seeing what other people have blooming around their houses. Thank you again for sharing your photos!

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

Happy Friday, ya’ll!

Thanks for stopping by the Good To Grow site! My awesome panel of Experts is on a much-deserved break this Labor Day weekend. Let’s admire their adorableness:

And move on to the plant puzzler.

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if these plants were real or fake:

Again, my apologies for the bad photo. It was taken at General Mitchell airport in Milwaukee.

Let’s see how you answered:

steph from Indianapolis wrote, “(Were you standing on one foot when you took this pic?) Going with REAL but without the usual conviction.”

Stephanie, the problem was that I got a sudden bout of shyness (paranoia?) about taking photos in the airport. Which is dumb, I know. But for a second, I envisioned security radioing headquarters about a crazy lady taking pictures of the plants. I thought about the unwanted scrutiny and kinda panicked, snapped a quick photo, and took off back to our gate.

Which would’ve been ok, because I’ve been known to take deliberately blurry photos to use in these puzzlers (you know I love to trick you!). But because I wanted to beat it out of there, I only took this one photo. Which means I have no proof to that fact that they are very, very fake plants. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

The airport was a mix of real and fake plants. But near our gate, they had these huge silk Ficus trees arranged in a circular pattern (coupled with “bark ribbons” circling around their trunks), and this miserable bunch of plastic and silk flowers in the middle. They were bent, beat up, and dusty. In person, you could glance at them and know they were fake. They looked terrible.

But in this picture, well, yeah. Sorry about that. I like to trick you guys on purpose, not accidentally.

So Steph, you lose, but since you were the first to venture a guess, I’d like you to have 10 bonus points and a coupon good for a pretend case of Schlitz, the beer that made Milwaukee famous. Congratulations, and thanks for playing.

Let’s see how the rest of you answered:

mr_subjunctive from Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “Not that you asked for audience participation on this, but:

!–>(Nothing But) Flowers (Talking Heads)<–!

Datura (Tori Amos)

Roses (Magnetic Fields)

In Bloom (Nirvana)

Mushrooms and Roses (Janelle Monae)

My guess on the puzzler is real.”

I love it! For those of you who may have missed last week’s Experts panel, I asked them to name their five favorite songs that had a flower theme or flowers in the title. It’s great that mr_s shared his with us. I should’ve asked you all to submit your favs! mr_subjunctive, your puzzler answer is wrong, but because I like how proactive you were with your favorite songs, I’d like you to have 15 extra credit points. Thanks for playing!

Martha, from Plowing Through Life, wrote, “Liza, you are right! I mixed up my answer for last week (or so she says to save face) No, really…I really, really did! Anyhow, enough of that whining… I’m not entirely sure about this week’s puzzle since the photo is kind of fuzzy, but I’ll guess real.”

Ooh, sorry about that Martha. That is an incorrect answer this week. But you’re still a winner in my book, Martha! (I knew what you meant last week – you deserved that win, too!)

Terrence from Dynamic Gardening wrote, “I’m gonna go with fake/ artificial plants.”

Dingdingdingding! Woohoo! Nicely played, Terrence. You’re a winner in life, and a winner on this blog, congratulations! Since you’re the first who’s answered correctly, I’d like you to multiply your prizes (which I’ll get to at the end) by three peaches.

Claude, from Random Rants and Prickly Plants, wrote, “Well, the draceana leaves aren’t bending in a normal way, and the bromiliad blooms don’t seem to be attached to anything that is even vaugely bromiliadish… but it’s really not a good pic… going with fake… but could very possibly be a mix of fake and real.

oh hell, I don’t know…”

Claude, you are one tough cookie on these weekly puzzlers. I’m definitely going to have to get more devious in the future if I’m ever going to trick you. I’m calling that a win despite the hedging. Good job again this week.

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Looks fake to me.

Actually, with the Dracaena leaves flopping all over the place like that, I’d expect people to step on them occasionally, so if they were real, there would be some visible damage. And what Claude said.

I really need to get back into the habit of playing – been so busy with summer fun that I kept missing your puzzlers!”

Yay! You’re finally back from bicycling all over creation! I’m happy any time you’re here – don’t ever feel badly for having a life. You’re a winner!

faeyh wrote, “I believe the plants are real..the leaves are such different lenghts!!”

Sorry, hon. I love that you tried, though! I hope you come back when the picture isn’t so blurry.

Ginny Burton, optician to the stars, wrote, “I think they’re real, too. Surely no self-respecting airport would have fakes.”

Oh, to live in a world where that was true, Ginny!

In my perfect world, no self-respecting person, much less a business, would buy fakes. Fake plants are ugly. They’re expensive. They do nothing to enhance our love of Nature. And they contribute nothing back to us (unlike actual plants) – they just take up space and collect dust. What a waste of an opportunity.

Terrence, Claude, Ivynettle – you answered correctly so you are the official winners. I’d like each of you to add 17 bragging rights to your totals. Everyone who played is awesome, so I’m going to award each of you an imaginary Kegerator full of Blatz, Milwaukee’s Finest Beer, seven gold stars, and kisses! Congrats, and thanks for playing!

Now, on to this week’s puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Let’s try flowers this time. Are these Orchid flowers real or fake:

No hints this week, you’re on your own!

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight next Thursday, September 8th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. The prizes may be imaginary, but the link to your website and the glory of winning is oh-so-real.

I’ll reveal the answer to the puzzler next Friday after an all-new panel of Experts. Unless they figure out that this is a ridiculous use of their time before then. In which case, we’re all screwed. No matter what they decide, I’ll be back tomorrow. Hope to see you 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.

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