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Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Lemon Tree Flowers

Oh gosh, I’m so sorry everyone – I totally blew off Friday’s Ask the Experts Panel. I got too busy with work. So now the plan is to hold on to everyone’s answers until this coming Friday.

I’m in catch-up mode at the house, so other than watering, there’s not a lot going on with the houseplants with two notable exceptions. The first is the basil babies:

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

Growing like crazy. Believe it or not, I thinned out about half of them roughly three weeks ago. There is something so special about having fresh herbs growing on the kitchen windowsill. They’ve been making lots of meals much better.

The other exception, the Lemon tree:

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

No matter how busy I am, I have been checking on these flower buds everyday. I’m pretty sure I’ll smell when they open but I still walk over and check again and again.

I cannot wait until someone develops the technology to share scents online – I’ll totally sign up my Lemon tree to be a volunteer.

It’s a gloomy weather day in Albuquerque. Thankfully, it’s not storming like it is elsewhere in the country.

Still, we’re not used to the clouds.

I figured I’d shine the spotlight on plants that are making me smile right now. Like Nel, a Chlorophytum comosum, or Spider Plant:
Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

Such cute blooms!

Also, this Schlumbergera plant:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

After having two successful flowers about a month ago, the Lemon tree has suddenly exploded with buds:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

Which is plantastic news. The whole tree is covered with buds. To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the year.

Finally, my backdoor container garden oasis is bustling with growth, from the onions and garlic, to the spring bulbs popping up everywhere:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

The parsley and oregano never died back over the winter, instead staying green the whole time. The Zauschneria disappeared but is already back in force. The Crocus flowers have been blooming for a couple of weeks. The Daffodils should be blooming in days. The Hyacinths are moving along, as are the Tulips.

It may only be mid-February, but it’s already spring in the desert.

It’s a little early for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, but I realized over the weekend that there are lots of plants blooming in my house. I decided to put them in the spotlight.

I received this pretty Phalaenopsis Orchid for my birthday:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Blooms in the house

I’m looking forward to watching the rest of those buds open.

The Schlumbergeras have been ridiculous with their rebloom, rebloom, rebloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Blooms in the house

And the Bougainvillea sits quietly growing bracts while waiting to go back outside:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Blooms in the house

Much to my surprise, Candy, a Lime tree, is blooming again:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Blooms in the house

She also has 11 limes in the process of growing. Last year, I only got one lime to grow to full size. We’ll see if I can keep her watered well enough to get some of them bigger. I’m not holding my breath.

Both Chlorophytum plants are blooming now, crazy amounts of itty bitty blooms:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Blooms in the house

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Blooms in the house

And Gloria, a Gardenia that Dottie gave me, is also blooming in the spare bedroom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Blooms in the house

It’s quarantined because of mealy bugs. The bugs don’t deter the blossoms from smelling divine, though. I think of Dottie every time I go in there and take a deep breath, which has been about a million times in the last few days.

What about you? Do you have flowering houseplants to help sustain you until plants outside start to bloom?

It’s time to show off what’s blooming in and around my casa.

Starting with Candy, a Lime tree in the foyer:

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

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

I love the scent of those blossoms!

Also, legitimate new bracts on the Bougainvillea (she was blooming when she came in for the winter, all those blooms fell off several weeks after she came in).

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

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

Yay for new flowers! She’s in prime real estate, a south facing window. Probably eager to get back outside, showing off with her early bracts.

Nel, a Chlorophytum comosum ‘Spider’ plant, has been blooming forever:

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

And oh hey, it snowed in downtown Albuquerque!

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

There’s nothing blooming outside, it is January afterall.

Special thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of blooms on the 15th of each month.

And photos of snow, since that hardly ever happens here.

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

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Once they figure out how to transmit scents through the Internet, I will share citrus blossoms with all of you. Because they smell divine.

It took 27ish days for the buds on Candy (my Lime tree) to form and the first flower to open.

Citrus blossoms in December? Yes, please!

If you scroll really, really fast, it’ll be like you were here watching:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Candy a Lime Tree Is Flowering

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Candy a Lime Tree Is Flowering

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Candy a Lime Tree Is Flowering

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Candy a Lime Tree Is Flowering

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Candy a Lime Tree Is Flowering

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Candy a Lime Tree Is Flowering

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Candy a Lime Tree Is Flowering

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Candy a Lime Tree Is Flowering

It’s life’s little luxuries that make me the happiest.

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

I would prefer to be greeted by flower buds on my Lime tree, Candy.

Because I find their scent intoxicating.

When I can’t have flowers, it’s nice to know I can have limes:

I counted 8 possible limes, these two are by far the biggest. Possible if I don’t under- or overwater her between now and maturity.

Damn. Now I want to run out and buy a Lemon tree, too. Ooh, and an Orange tree!

And now for our regularly scheduled lament that the Web does not yet transmit scents. Waaaaaaaah!

(Candy, the Lime tree in my foyer.)

I’ll be back manana with an all-new Plant Lady Chronicles. I should say Plant Ladies, as the story involves both Tina and me. There’s also an electric saw and a thorny plant, so you know it’ll be good times.

Hope to see you back here.

Let’s see if I’ve sufficiently snapped out of my post-football funk enough to entertain you here today.

It’s a chilly winter day in Albuquerque, with another storm on the way. So you should be able to understand the joy I feel waking up to the scent of citrus blossoms.

Candy is a Meyer Lime Tree living in a container in my foyer. She currently has over 60 flower buds, in various degrees of growth (she has only 40 leaves total, with a handful of new ones emerging). Some are teeny tiny, others medium-sized and some are about to open fully. There are 6 flowers currently wide open and releasing their heavenly fragrance.

The buds have just a hint of purple on them, which seems to disappear when the flower opens.

I wish the Internet could transmit smells, but citrus blossoms are truly special. I wouldn’t hesitate to share the scent with you if the technology was there.

I’ve been looking for words to describe the scent, and have been asking others what they think. I’ve heard “wind,” “spring,” “the wind in spring” and “fiercely elegant.” All of which crack me up, but none of which is very helpful.

If you could come over and smell Candy’s flowers, you’d first be struck at the sweetness of the scent. It’s a very deeply sweet floral scent. I suppose it’s a little like Jasmine, but Jasmine has a hint of sour that lime blossoms do not. I’ve read that you should be able to detect a bit of the citrus flavor along with the sugary smell – if it’s an orange blossom, you should smell a hint of orange flavor. I don’t smell any lime in these flowers, although to be fair, I usually stand there gulping in the aroma again and again and I could easily miss some notes.

Perhaps you have better adjectives to describe their scent, or how lime blossoms may be different from the scent of orange blossoms. If you do, I’d love to hear them.

I’ll be back manana with an all new edition of The Plant Lady Chronicles. 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.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

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