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Ah, June. Probably my least favorite month in Phoenix. 106 degrees today, 110 all next week. Last year, it got up to 120 degrees in June. On my thermometer outside, I remember that the red went all the way to the top and looked like it wanted to explode!

Haha, still wouldn’t trade it for humidity.

I spend every day thinking about what will grow in this type of heat. Everyone knows Vincas, of course, and sweet potato vines. But lots of plants can take the heat.

My current favorite? Portulaca. (In my head, it’s a little song, Port-u-la-CA, Port-u-la-CA.) Known as moss rose, or desert rose.

I’ve loved Portulaca for many years. Traditionally, you would have a mix, so pink flowers and yellow flowers and orange flowers – all on one plant. Lately, I’ve been using a lot of white Portulaca for borders and for spillers in certain containers. Whether it’s multi-colored or single-colored, Portulaca rarely disappoints.

So I already loved the plant, right? Then some breeders went out and made me fall in love with it all over again!!!

Look at this!

Portulaca lemon twist

How stinkin’ adorable is that flower? White with yellow stripes. I can hardly stand it!

It’s Colorblast Lemon Twist Portulaca. I ordered some 4″ plants from Armstrong Growers. It looks like BloomIQ.com patented it (maybe?).

The tag says, “Full sun. Features: Vibrant flowers bloom on ground-hugging plants with thick, succulent foliage. Tolerates heat and dry soils. Uses: Excellent as a seasonal ground cover, in rock gardens, or in containers.”

Portulaca Lemon Twist

“Grows best in full sun. Grows 4-12″ (10-30 cm) tall, space 8-10″ (20-25 cm) apart, water weekly during dry spells.”

Grows best in full sun? In Phoenix? Yes, please! I’ll take a thousand!

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Looking pretty good for March.

Living in Phoenix is weird, haha!

Ha! I’ve been having trouble with my blog for the last few weeks, so I haven’t been able to post anything. Today it works!

I was getting really sick of seeing that Christmas candy photo. It reminded me that I’ve been negligent with the blog, that I still have lots to explain on how I ended up in Phoenix, and what I’m up to now.

I’ll get there. Thanks for your patience.

For now, I thought I’d share this photo from my backyard – I’m absolutely in love with those Lobelia flowers.

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

So pretty!

I hope each of you is well and happy. I’ll try not to let so much time go by before posting again.

Happy Holidays to all of you. May your season be merry and bright.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Merry Christmas

And may there also be delicious candy!

My eyes!!!!!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, blue Poinsettias

 

 

 

I planted this little cutie at work today and it made me happy for multiple reasons.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Gazania flower

For one, I’m planting flowers in late October, because that’s life in Phoenix, Arizona. Another reason is that it’s such a cheerful flower – I love Gazanias! So cute!

Also, most importantly, Gazanias remind me of mr_subjunctive at Plants Are the Strangest People, because they are the official celebratory flower of that blog. I like thinking about mr_s, and I realized it’s been too long since I blogged myself or read other people’s blogs.

So thanks, little flower, for reminding me that it feels good to share the plant love.

…hear it for baby leaves. They’re amazing, right?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, baby leaves are adorable

Grow, baby, grow!

You’re the most adorable thing I’ve seen all day! (Even cuter than the baby quails I saw today. Although it was close – baby quails are super sweet.)

91. Wow. You’re 91 years old.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Dottie and me

I could not be more delighted to call you my friend. You’re smart, you’re funny, you’re kind and compassionate, you’ve got style. You’ve raised wonderful kids. You gave years and years of your life to volunteering and helping others.

It’s like the moon conspired with the sun today to give you a total eclipse as your own special birthday gift.

You’re amazing! I love you.

Thanks for being you!

Haha, I hadn’t noticed until recently that my neighborhood Safeway grocery store sold chayotes. So I bought three of them, not to grow them, but to eat them. The day after I brought them home, two of them looked like this:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, chayote

After seeing those burgeoning sprouts, I’m glad I didn’t eat them – they’re old. On the upside, I guess I’ll try growing chayotes again.

I’ll never quit you, chayotes!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, chayote

(About a week later.)

Hello plant lovers and friends!

I apologize for taking so long between posts. It’s been a busy time, but also a rewarding time.

Most recently, I got to hang out with two of my favorite people – my Mom, and Dottie, our much beloved nonagenarian Expert in Life.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Me, Dottie and Mom

Our visits were way too brief, but no less lovely. I love you both very much!

 

 

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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.

I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

All photos are mine unless otherwise noted. All content is also entirely my hard work. If you'd like to use any content or photos, all you have to do is ask. If you take without asking, you are a thief. And thieves suck. So don't suck. We have a deal? Good.

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