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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.

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(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.)

 

This is likely the last bouquet of flowers from my garden in 2014:

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This time of year always makes me a little sad, for that reason. I’ll miss the cheerful flowers that greet me every time I step outside. They’re not gone yet, but they soon will be.

As always, I’m grateful to have my indoor winter bloomers to sustain me. Like the Euphorbia milii plants:

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

And of course, the Schlumbergera plants:

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I don’t know what I’d do without them!

Hello everyone!

My regular readers know that I live in downtown Albuquerque. Our growing season is long, even though the city is located at 5,000 feet above sea level. I can remember eating Thanksgiving dinner outside more than once. That’s desert life for ya.

Still, it’s been chilly, and has dipped below freezing enough to kill off most of the flowers. But not all of them.

When I was without a laptop for that week recently, I ended up spending a lot of time outside. Cleaning and doing garden chores to prepare for winter. And taking tons of photos.

Since I missed the November Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day a few days ago, I’ll just show you today what’s blooming around the house, starting with the backdoor container garden:

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Lots of cheerful flowers, including the Gazanias, the Alyssum, the Zauschneria (California fuchsia), the Osteospermum and at least some of the Marigolds. Oh, and a few Gaillardia (Blanket Flower).

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

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

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

Most of the Cosmos have been knocked out, but some remain. And look who’s trying to grow next to them – I think those are my Irises!

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Nobody told them that it’s the wrong season! Silly flowers.

Inside, this Echeveria is trying to pull the wool over my eyes:

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She knows that I’m hesitant to prune her because of the flower stalk – and she’s right – but she doesn’t know that the Euphorbia miliis tried a similar trick to avoid pruning, and I eventually did it anyway. Pruning is for her own good – look, she’s practically falling over (the rosette on the right is producing the flower stem):

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(Clearly her strategy has been working for several weeks months now, as the above is an older photo.) She better watch out, because I will not be tricked again!

Two of the three Schlumbergeras (Christmas Cactus) are blooming again, as is the Lemon tree, and the Chlorophytums (Spider plants). I’ll save those for December’s Garden Blogger Bloom Day. The outdoors should be covered in snow by then, so I’ll be glad to have my indoor flowers to amuse me until spring.

Before I go, check out this hilarious little guy:

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I guess he’s letting me know what he thinks about my little indoor windowsill tomato garden idea! It totally cracked me up.

I’ll probably be back with a new post tomorrow, but with the recent technology bustup – and the subsequent enjoyment of being offline – I’m not sure. I kinda liked not being able to blog in the sense that it forced me to do other stuff, which were cooler things than anything I was doing online. So now I have mixed feelings. At least about the Monday through Saturday schedule that I’ve been maintaining for a long time now. Lately that seems a little much. But we’ll see how things go, ok? Thank you for your patience, and for visiting my site.

(Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Check out her blog!)

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Sooooo, it’s been raining a LOT in New Mexico lately. You might think that’s great news for our drought-ridden state, and it is mostly. But it’s also wreaking havoc – flooding towns, washing away homes, damaging roads, forcing evacuations. In Madrid, NM, the rain washed coal off the mountain down into the businesses and homes below. The Red Cross had to open shelters all over the state. It’s been kind of a mess.

But not for me.

The flowers and vegetables at my house have been loving the rain. (With one exception, which I’ll get to in a minute.)

The rain finally got the Cosmos blooming, for which I’m very grateful. I’d expected prolific blooms in August but there had only been a spattering of them. Now they’re exploding with growth.

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

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

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

Oh, how I love them so! You can expect about fifty billion more photos of them in the coming weeks.

The rain also helped the little Zauschneria ‘California fuchsia’ I planted by the front door get blooming:

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I love those bright red blooms!

The rain has been helping the new Chayote plant grow:

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The ones I’d planted earlier in the year are still hanging on but they sure aren’t growing much. So I planted a new one a few weeks back and it’s looking good! I’m hoping that our growing season extends far enough into November to allow for the plant to produce some fruit. It’s a long shot, but a gal can hope.

The flowers that have not been happy with the rain are the Portulaca. Because I was silly enough to plant them in a container with no drainage. Sorry Portulacas!

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Wanh, wanh, wanh. Who knew there would be this much rain??? If it were me watering the Portulacas, they’d be underwatered not overwatered. They’re not dead but they are decidedly washed out looking. I’m crossing my fingers for a comeback for them.

I’m thankful that the rain hasn’t adversely affected me personally. My heart goes out to all those folks who have been forced out of their homes. Floods are no fun. Here’s to hoping they can recover soon.

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

Here in Albuquerque, most of the outdoor flowers got blasted by our first frost a few days ago. These Cosmos remain persistently cheerful, though:

Hang in there, little fellas!

It’s nice that my indoor garden is beginning to explode with color – it makes winter much more pleasant.

The Bougainvillea is adjusting to life indoors:

So are the Osteospermums:

As well as the Silene uniflora that share the same pot:

The real stars of the foyer are the Schlumbergera, or Christmas Cactus. They started blooming around Halloween, and should continue through the holidays.

Crissy has pink blooms, Easter has red blooms, and the one I got from Dottie hasn’t started blooming yet but will soon.

I love those reliable blooms!

Special thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around the casa on the 15th of each month. Check out her site for more pretty photos.

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A quick reminder, you still have time to guess the current puzzler, in which I asked if this Epipremnum (Pothos plant) was real or fake:

You can leave your best guess in the comments section, or on my facebook wall. The deadline is tonight at midnight MST (that’s 2am EST).

I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) tomorrow after an all-new Panel of Experts. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary, but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-s0-real.

Hope to see you back here.

Hey look, a bunch of pretty flowers!

And now for fifty shades of pink, brought to you by the stars of the garden, the Cosmos flowers:

Big round of applause for the Cosmos! Good job, little cuties!

There are still Morning Glories blooming and Marigolds blooming around the casa, but I didn’t get any good shots of them.

Inside, Lady Evermore, an Aeschynanthus, bloomed all summer and is still kicking out a few blooms:

The Schlumbergeras, Christmas Cacti, are all gearing up to bloom, so I’m pretty sure I’ll have 50,000 photos of those for the November Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

My back door garden is still full of blooms, too:

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming on the 15th of each month.

And thanks to you, for coming to my blog. I’m going to take a rare few days off from posting to spend with family, but I’ll be back on Friday with a new puzzler for you. Hope to see you back here!

Ya’ll know how much I love flowers. Here are my favorite flower photos – taken in and around my casa – in the month of September:

Thanks to our hostess Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming on the 15th of each month.

Hope you have a great weekend, I’ll be back Monday.

As if this blog wasn’t already crammed with enough flower photos, here are some more!

Yay for beautiful flowers!

I love my back door container garden. The containers are a lot of work, but worth the abundant rewards. Blooming is Gaillardia ‘Blanket Flower’, Portulaca, Dimorphotheca (or Osteospermum), Bougainvillea, Petunias and Miss Mimosa, the Mimosa pudica ‘Sensitive Plant’.

(The E is for my first name, Elise.)

Inside, my Chlorophytum comosum, Nel, commonly known as a ‘Spider Plant’, has been blooming consistently for months:

And so has Sweetie, a Euphorbia milii:

And so has Lady Evermore, an Aeschynanthus:

An explosion of blooms – I love it!

Special thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around the house on the 15thish of each month. Check out her site to see flower photos from all over the world.

What’s blooming at your casa?

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

I’ll take any excuse to post photos of pretty flowers.

And indoors:

Thanks Carol at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around our homes on the 15thish of each month!

I’ll be back on Monday, 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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