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Heyyyy, look who decided to bloom on Christmas Eve:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Christmas Eve Thunbergia bloom

Phoenix is weird.


Hello Januaryists, and happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site, and thanks for being here.

Happy New Year to you all! I hope yours has gotten off to a wonderful start. We woke up to snow in Albuquerque yesterday, so I took that as a good omen for the year ahead.

As you know, the Experts are still on a holiday break, so let’s admire their adorableness:


And go straight to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if this Orchid was real or fake:

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Wendy13 wrote, “Totes magotes real.”

Terrence from the Dynamic Gardening site wrote, “This orchid looks in fact really real to me! 🙂

That’s two votes real, zero votes fake.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a wider view:

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

It’s real! They all are. You can tell from the spent flower stalk still attached. I’ve seen a few fake Orchids in the past, and while they look pretty similar to the real ones, they’re still a waste of money because they just sit there collecting dust. Real Orchids are always prettier, and because they grow and flower, it’s basically like bringing magic into your home.

Well played everyone. You nailed it.

To show my appreciation for your participation, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: A brand new year, 13 sparkles, two congratulatory comments, one clean slate, garlic sauteed spinach, a winter wonderland, 14 1/2 bonus points, one rose bowl, eight surprises, a trophy made of snow, six warm welcomes, 47 black-eyed peas, one ladder, five good deeds, three baby horses, four tacos, a new chandelier, Artesia, seven radio dedications, a spare larynx, incense, nine interesting ideas, three second chances, Daniel, 23 twinkle lights, five compliments on your wardrobe, well being, six sour apple licorice sticks, one backyard swing, sage, an opera written in your honor, the right ingredients, a spectacular winter sunset, Sedillo Hill, four heirloom vegetables, one Dieffenbachia plant, a new calendar year, three beginnings, 16 more points, and one perfect score.

Congratulations! And thanks for playing.

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this lemon tree real or fake?

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

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? I’ll give you one hint: This photo was taken in Santa Fe in mid-December 2014.

Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) next Thursday, January 8th to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real. Good luck, and thanks for playing!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Amaryllis blooms

Another baby lemon!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Happy New Year

I’m swooning over all the fruits and vegetables I have growing in the house as we draw close to the end of this year.

I tried getting photos of my silly tomato plant – she has no idea it’s almost January. She’s blooming and creating new fruit every day. (By the way, the original fruit ripened and I ate it – it was teeny tiny but packed with flavor.) The photos didn’t come out very well but the plant is delighting me. All I asked was that she survive through the winter but instead she’s actively growing. I tap on the flowers every day to help with the pollination, and I’ve been feeding her both fertilizer and the occasional shot of epsom salt. She’s doing well!

The Lemon tree will go down as my favorite purchase of 2013. Look at all those heavenly scented blooms!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Happy New Year

This holiday season has been busy, hectic, interesting, crazy and mostly pretty good. Bad for my blogging routine, as everyday life has been more important to me. (Sorry that you guys have gone soooooo long without imaginary prizes!)

I’m excited for the new year. I’m ready to see 2013 in the rearview window. I’ve been planting seeds of change for the new year, and I’m hopeful they will sprout positive changes not only for me, but for my community as well.

I hope each of you has a meaningful, thoughtful new year, filled with wonder and joy. I’m not sure when I’ll return to regular blogging, but I still have all these imaginary prizes to give away, so I’ll be back! Happy 2014 to you!

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About Me

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.