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Let’s take a look at what’s blooming in and around the casa:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inside, the Echeveria on the kitchen windowsill continues to bloom its funky flowers:

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

A Haworthia bloom stalk photographed from above:

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

You can’t see Gus in this photo, but this is the Gasteraloe’s bloom stalk:

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

Crissy, one of the Schlumbergeras, is still blooming:

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

As is one of the Euphorbia miliis:

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

Both Chlorophytum comosums are blooming like crazy:

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

And the Orchid has been blooming since my birthday at the beginning of March:

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

It just sits there day after day prettying up my windowsill. Love it.

That’s what’s blooming around here. Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day around the 15th of each month. Check out her blog to see lots of other pretty flower photos.

If you have flower photos you’d like to share, but you don’t have your own blog, you can send your photos to me and I’ll post them for you in a few days.

I’ll be back tomorrow with an all-new Ask the Experts Panel. I’ll also have a new puzzler for you.

You still have time to guess the current puzzler, in which I asked if these plants were real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Not an easy puzzler this week. The deadline is tonight at midnight MST (that’s 2am EST). You can leave your best guess in the comments section. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after the Experts Panel tomorrow. Imaginary prizes will abound for all who play.

I hope to see you back here.

The big news for the plants this weekend was the windy weather in Albuquerque:

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

Most of the plants in my container gardens are growing at a harsh angle now, thanks to the wind gusts:

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

Oh dear – my poor Gaillardias!

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

They’ve been taking a beating from the wind!

The Penstemon and the Gazania flowers are faring better:

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

I love the blue Penstemons. Here they are in the afternoon light:

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

It’s going to stay windy for probably another month. Hopefully the plants can hang on in the meantime.

The little Allium azureum flowers are doing well:

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

I’m mostly posting these pics for Tom at Midwestern Jungle, as he expressed interest in them a few weeks ago. He’s got good taste – they’re adorable!

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

Tom thinks he lives in the windy city. But I would argue that Chicago should have some competition for that title. Haha, Albuquerque’s coming for you, Chicago!

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

Aaaahhh, I felt like sharing some photos of pretty flowers. Some are new to the casa, others are returning from last year.

This Allium, opening in one of the container gardens, is a newcomer:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flowers around the casa

Much smaller than the other decorative onions, but no less charming.

The ever-fabulous Gaillardia is back:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new summer flowers

Bright showy flowers from May through November. I’d be thrilled if the flowers reseeded themselves all over the place. It doesn’t bother me that some people associate Blanket Flowers with weeds or dismiss them as too commonplace – I love them. I love their cheerful little faces greeting me every morning. Their consistency is a great quality in a flowering plant.

Another of my favorites, this Penstemon is back (I planted it last spring):

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new flowers around my house

Gorgeous flowers! The hummingbirds love them.

And the first Gazania is back!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, new summer flowers

Woohooo! Everybody knows Gazanias are cause for celebration.

These flowers open the gates to summer blooms here in the Southwest. I’m excited to see the plants that follow them.

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

And now for photos of what’s blooming in and around my casa:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of our pretty flowers on the 15th of each month. Thanks Carol!

Hi berries, and happy Monday. Carol over at May Dreams Gardens suggested we post pretty pics from our gardens on the 15thish of each month. The ish part of that is my interpretation. She’s clearly more organized.

Anyway.

Pretty much all the plants (Cosmos, Petunias, Verbena, Gazanias, Rudbeckia, Morning Glories, Zinnias, Hyssops, Snapdragons) that were blooming last month are still blooming this month. With one very embarrassing exception. I’ll tell what happened, but I’m gonna make you scroll through a bunch of pretty pictures first.  Starting with Cosmos, because I’m enchanted with them right now:

Aw, they’re so adorable, aren’t they? Yes, yes they are. Also, you are welcome that I stopped there. I have hundreds of Cosmos photos. OCD much? Riiiight.

Moving on, the Rudbeckia is falling over, but still beautiful:

I stopped deadheading the Verbena, and it’s still blooming like crazy:

Who doesn’t love Petunias? They’re so sweet!

Indoors, Easter the Christmas Cactus is blooming:

I have high hopes for November’s GBBD because some of my houseplants are getting ready to burst – Candy my Lime tree should bloom soon, Ellie the Euphorbia is about to bloom. I’m hoping I can convince Miss Priss the Bougainvillea to bloom soon, too. So there’s that.

I’m stalling a little. Because what’s left is my embarrassing plant.

You see, last spring, I had tons of flower seeds that I’d either collected or gotten from my landlady. Some of them, like the Snapdragons, I knew what they were, but lots of them weren’t marked – just a bunch of seeds in a little bag.

So I threw them in containers around my back door and started watering. Everything grew and I could identify all of them except for one. I kept watering it and thinking, that plant looks so familiar, why can’t I figure out what it is?

It kept growing and growing. It started flowering a few days ago. I was talking with my landlady and it hit me. I knew what it was and boy, was my face red. Except. How did I get seeds for it – who would collect them and why?

Sigh. Recognize it? It’s not often you see Chamisa in a pot. My landlady called it the most pampered Chamisa plant in history.

So embarrassing. Chamisa grows everywhere in New Mexico. It’s a weed as far as I’m concerned. And it’s ugly. Yeah, the yellow fall flowers are ok. But it’s Chamisa.

I’ve been watering it all summer and feel committed now. But it’s a Chamisa. Duh.

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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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