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Thanks so much for everyone’s input and kind words yesterday. I decided not to quit the blog, but it’ll be undergoing some changes. Not sure what those are gonna be, yet, but I’m confident in my ability to figure it out. Especially with your support, ya’ll are awesome!

If you have anything in particular you’d like to see, lemme know. (Thanks, Charlie, for your suggestions!)

Rather than fretting over the blog yesterday afternoon, I decided to spend a little time reconnecting with the plants in the foyer. It helped.

They say hi, and Happy New Year! (They would, that is, if they could speak English.)

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, hello from the foyer houseplants

Do you remember the Desert Fairy Cactus Garden I made back in August of 2011? You can read about it here.

Here’s what it looked like when I first made it:

(Desert Fairies are like regular fairies, except they accept cacti for who they are, thorns and all.)

I made the garden to appease the seven-year-old girl in me.

Back then, I really wanted a Barbie, but a brand new one was unthinkable – we were a family on a budget, I got hand-me-downs. Instead of a doll, Dad decided we were going to make a cactus garden together.

I was excited – as the fourth of five kids, I relished any time I got alone with Dad. I had a crafts book that showed how to make a cactus garden, using a beautiful ceramic pot and colored stones and glass.

Right away, Dad started taking short cuts. The beautiful ceramic pot was replaced with a yellow tub. The colored stones became gravel from the driveway.

My little girl heart turned off after that. Take away the sparkly and I am not interested anymore.

I know we finished the garden, and I’m sure I enjoyed the time with Dad. But I never connected with the garden in the way I’m sure (as an adult looking back) he hoped I would. I remember feeling disappointed when I would look at the garden, so I avoided looking at it.

Planting this modern cactus garden was my way of saying, “Sorry, kiddo,” to my younger self. I figured anything with rhinestones would be curative.

And I think it was!

Now it’s time for all of us to move on.

Here’s what the garden looked like yesterday:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, desert fairy cactus garden

It served its purpose, and I really enjoyed it all this time.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, desert fairy cactus garden

Except watering it. Watering was messy. And it was heavy. And some of the plants died.

So that the remaining ones may grow, I dismantled the garden and started anew.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, desert fairy cactus garden

Moving on does feel pretty good.


About a year ago, in August, I decided to create a desert fairy cactus garden. I wanted a modern looking garden that was easy to maintain.

(Desert fairies are similar to other fairies but they accept cacti for who they are, thorns and all.)

I wrote about what inspired me to build it – mostly trying to heal some childhood disappointments – you can read that by clicking here.

Here’s what the garden looked like when it was first planted:

I thought we’d check in and see how the cactuses are doing today:

Holy moly, that’s a lot of growth!

The Dyckia died a few months ago, from thirst.

Everyone else is jamming!

They have reasons to be happy. For one, they have a coveted west-facing spot in the foyer that provides abundant sunshine. Also, I take them to the kitchen sink every couple of weeks and run water through their container.

They’re surrounded by good company. And the music’s always on.

Life’s good for them.

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

In case you missed it the first time, I thought I’d show it off again. A cactus garden with bling, that’s right.

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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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