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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!)

It doesn’t look or feel like November at my house.

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The container gardens are still robust.

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

Blooming like crazy!

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I’ve been harvesting tomatoes every day. I’ve also taken cuttings of the tomato plants and have them rooting inside, on the foyer windowsill near the the basil plants I also brought inside.

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

I’m looking forward to fresh basil all winter long. Hopefully tomatoes too, but if not, at least I won’t have to buy new plants in the spring.

In other news, the first of the three Schlumbergeras is blooming:

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The blooms look electric in the sunlight.

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

So cool! The plant who is blooming is Crissy, who I got for free from Jericho Nursery a couple of years ago. The others should follow suit shortly.

Speaking of awesome blooming plants, meet Olive Oyl, an Osmanthus plant I got as a gift from Ginny Burton (who also suggested the name, which I think is too cute):

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

I cannot get over how big of a punch those tiny blossoms pack – they are wonderfully fragrant. Thanks Ginny! I will paint a decorative container for it sometime this winter.

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

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.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in greenhouses lately. Which is awesome. Obviously. I’m a plant lover.

My small plant care business, Good To Grow, takes me all over Albuquerque looking for the best plants and equipment.

One particular property, Rio Valley Greenhouses, I’ve written about before, here, continues to be the object of my affection. Kathi is a talented grower, and I’m fond of her, her family and colleagues. A great group of people.

Being in one of her greenhouses inspires me. I mean, look at it – doesn’t it captivate you?

(Now you know where I got those Osteospermum hybrids I’ve been posting photos of here and on facebook.)

I see endless possibilities in greenhouses like Kathi’s. Flower beds throughout the community. Vertical succulent gardens on patios. Vertical herb gardens for local restaurants. Heck, horizontal herb and vegetable gardens for local restaurants. Anything, as long as it gets people growing!

Which greenhouse in your town inspires you?

Hey, speaking of out-of-towners, here’s a little Gazania action for a certain reader in Iowa:

Oh, they’re celebratory flowers alright!

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