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Hey look, photos of pretty flowers!

It must be time for the April 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

We’ll start with what’s blooming outside the casa.

Everyone likes April flowers, right?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I love spring blooms!

Inside the casa, last year’s birthday Orchid is gorgeous again this year:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

This little Kalanchoe is a temporary visitor, but a cute one:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Another sweet succulent bloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I had a whole bit planned for this Echeveria bloom, but I may have to abandon it for being a ridiculously long post. We’ll see. For now, here’s what the bloom looked like a couple of days ago:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I can’t get enough of those pink blooms!

Two of the Schlumbergeras are blooming again. I hadn’t really noticed until mr_subjunctive mentioned it, but one plant produces red blooms, and another produces orange ones (that plant was originally from Dottie). I thought for a long time they both had red blooms but the orange was more pronounced this past season. I tried several times to capture the difference in hues on camera, but without wanting to move the plants (for fear of knocking the flowers off), I wasn’t able to accomplish that.

But with this new round of blooming, I was able to capture something else – the plant decided to grow striped flowers. That’s new:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I love them! So snazzy!

The red bud in the photo below isn’t quite open all the way, but you should be able to see the color difference I was talking about:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Or maybe not, haha! You may have to take my word for it.

My regular readers know how fond I am of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Spider Plant’ flowers. I think they are so darling!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Adorable!

I think this one looks like she’s dancing:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Or possibly coming in for a landing!

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. You should check out her posts, as well as flower posts from around the world.

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

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

“No, that tomato plant isn’t spoiled, why do you ask?”

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:

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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):

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

(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:

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

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!)

And now for the latest news on one of my favorite clients, Golden Crown Panaderia (the bakery is located at 1103 Mountain Road in Albuquerque, that’s near 11th and Mountain, just east of the museums).

News Update:

Some dumbass tried to steal this planter:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, update on Golden Crown Panaderia

Pratt said he found it halfway down the block. He thinks it got too heavy for whoever took it.

The plants were shook up but are recovering fine.

Thieves suck. Especially plant thieves.

I’m very grateful the plants are safe.

In other news, the Echeveria is busting out a funky bloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, update on Golden Crown

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, update on Golden Crown Panaderia

The buds haven’t opened yet. The bloom stem has been getting steadily taller for the last several weeks. So cool!

And the Muhlenbergia grass started blooming a few weeks ago:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, update on Golden Crown

The patio sure is a pretty place to enjoy a latte and an apple empanada in the morning.

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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!

Hey look! Pretty flowers!

First, on Lady Evermore, an Aeschynanthus:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new flowers

Not the greatest photos, but such a chill houseplant. Low maintenance, fast growing. I love those bright red blooms – you can seem them from a long way away.

The Echeveria is still impressing me with its funky blooms:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new flowers

They were an unexpected surprise. I had no idea what the blooms would look like.

Outside, it must be getting closer to fall, because the Zauschneria (California Fuchsia) has its first bloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Zauschneria plant

There should be lots more in the coming months. I’m really glad I decided to add the plant to my container garden – I love fall-blooming plants. I’ll be cutting that Bougainvillea back so the Zauschneria can really shine.

Also while I was away, the Portulaca exploded with cheerful pink blooms (the first shot was in the morning, the second later in the day when the flowers fully opened):

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new flowers

Those little guys thrill me no end!

Man, I love flowers! They make me smile every time I see them.

The backdoor container garden’s coming along!

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

Mostly, everything’s been growing great. There are tons of tomatoes (minus all the cherry ones that I’ve been picking off and eating the moment they are ready), the peppers are growing, there are radishes, beets, oregano, basil, strawberries (well, a couple of them anyway) and garlic. All the flowers make me super happy.

But there are a few plants that aren’t doing as well.

Remember those onions that were blooming?

Well, I finally pulled them last week and was shocked to see the bottoms were wet and starting to rot. What? In an Albuquerque summer, I overwatered a container that has drainage holes??? That didn’t make sense.

Sure, there’s mulch to retain moisture and it was obviously doing its job. But really? All the planters are in full sun all day!

Besides, I’m the plant lady! Overwatering is supposed to be a rookie mistake!

Clearly, those onions must be liars.

Yes. That’s the only logical conclusion. I’m perfect and the onions are lying.

Stupid onions. I never liked them much anyway.

Ok, ok, I’ll admit I’m lying – I love onions. They’re decent and honest vegetables.

[Insert soul searching here.]

I musta goofed somewhere along the way.

Instead of dwelling on my mistake and beating myself up (what’s done is done!), I decided move forward and vowed to slow waaaay down on watering any of the containers.

Since that decision, it’s rained every day.

*facepalm*

(It’s against the law to complain about rain in the desert, so I am not doing that! Thank you rain gods!)

The excess moisture may explain why the Chayote seems to be holding still at this size:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

Dangit!

The excess moisture may also explain why the Bougainvillea lost all its colorful bracts (they’re making a wonderful comeback already) and why the Osteospermum stopped flowering a couple of weeks ago.

Double dangit.

I’m really not perfect? That is SHOCKING news.

[Insert more soul searching here.]

I guess I’m left with no choice but to accept that I’m a mere mortal with flaws like everyone else. Sigh.

Haha, I’m teasing, of course. I’ve known for ages that I’m not perfect and that I’m going to make mistakes.

No one likes to admit their mistakes – especially not on a public forum like a blog – but I personally am not attached the idea of being right, so it’s ok. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.

So.

Anyway.

Moving on.

In houseplant news, there’s this:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

I am beside myself to see what these little Echeveria flowers are going to look like in a day or two (finally, after weeks of anticipation).

Also, Lady Everymore, an Aeschynanthus plant, is blooming again and bringing joy to the kingdom:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

For every fail, hopefully there are two wins. Or three. Or four. Or five…

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

Just a reminder, you still have time to guess last week’s puzzler, in which Ivynettle of Letters and Leaves would like to know if this Echeveria is real or fake:

You have until midnight tonight MST (that’s 2am EST) to submit your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. Imaginary prizes will abound for all who play.

I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after an all-new Ask the Experts panel manana.

We have a very special Friday post lined up for you. Nothing like this has every happened with our Experts Panel. We’re going (tearfully) to say goodbye to one long-time panelist, and hello (joyfully) to a brand-new one. I love all my Experts so I never want any of them to leave, but sometimes life gets in the way. It helps that the new panelist is one of my favorite people on the planet.

I hope you’ll join us manana, I’ll explain everything.

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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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