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My, oh my, that view!

I love the all white decor – it’s clean, it’s modern. But I would probably add splashes of color if this were my place. Maybe a bright tablecloth or colorful placemats. A plant or two. Still, it’s stunning.

I got the image from Pinterest. It was sourced from home-designing.com. There are more photos of this villa in Greece (they do have a plant or two) on their site so follow that link. Thank you to whoever created such a beautiful space – I love your look!

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

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Hello my dear planties, and happy Friday!

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

It’s been quite the week, so let’s just dive right in. We’ll start by saying hi to the Experts. Hi everyone!

 

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

Here’s this week’s question:

Q. Would you please share a story about the fall season?

Expert Andy, please start us off

A. I love the Fall.  It is my favorite time of year.  Leaves changing.  Temperatures dropping noticeably almost on a nightly basis fueling more sleep.  And ah yes, the beginning of college basketball season.  Midnight Madness is nary a week away now.

I don’t really have any stories per se, but it is incumbent upon me to bring up a perpetual argument I have had with a few friends.  They, being hunters, have taken the position that the human females are driven by the same behaviors in the Fall as other mammals, such as deer and elk.  They claim that females begin preparation of mating, driven by both animalistic instinct as well as the pre-holiday season.  They claim to have experienced this human “rut” first hand on many occasions.  So, their theory is that mating heats up in the Fall for our ladies.
I, on the other hand, believe that the Spring/Summer transition increases the mating urge.  My theory is that the weather is warming, the sun is more prevalent and the body parts are more exposed due to fewer layers of garments and smaller creations out of thread, such as bikinis, my personal favorite fashion invention.  By this increased body exposure, attraction is kindled and potential mates begin to engage in more potentially promiscuous activities.  I shall not comment on the experiential nature of this theory other than obviously personal encounters shape our theories to begin with.

A. I love Fall. Football season (American and the real kind), temperature changes, back to school, elections: what’s not to love about Fall? Fall always reminds me of my first Homecoming in high school, taking Shannon on a real date. Life felt more…important back then, and Fall always takes me back to that to some degree.

As far as the schedule goes, I vote to go through October and take November & December off. But I’ll do whatever y’all want!

A. I don’t remember much about autumn.
Except the leaves. They fall, sometimes into creeks and are carried south. Sometimes they hover under a breeze before they settle on the honest ground.
I almost remember a harvest Kansas moon, so large it hid summer behind it.
And flowers not yet dried, winds not yet born, frost not yet formed.

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Liza here. So, I haven’t heard from Dottie or Lewis, which is a little odd (but maybe not, because they knew I would be working in Santa Fe all day). They may send in their entries later, so check back to see if I’ve updated the blog, which I can do within minutes of receiving their posts.

In the meantime, let’s admire their adorableness:

And wrap up this week’s Experts Panel.

Thank you fellas, I enjoyed your responses as usual. I appreciate you being here! And I enjoyed your fall stories!

We’re still working out the new Experts schedule, so I will let you know if they will be back next Friday. Chances are good, so everyone keep their fingers crossed!

Also, if you have questions for the Experts, please leave them in the comments section, or email them to me. I’m sure they would be interested in hearing from you.

Ok, let’s get to the puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Mr_subjunctive from Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “I’m going to say fake, but a pretty good fake.”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “That’s a damn good fake. Looks almost like a florist mum.”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Good try, but not good enough to fool us – fake!”

Joseph Brenner wrote, “100% real polyester.(B>{D>>”

Zach from Indiana wrote, “That’s a forgery and a sham if I’ve ever seen one!”

That’s five votes fake, zero votes real.

What’s the correct answer? Let’s take a wider view:

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It’s a crappy phone photo, but hopefully you can tell that the flowers are FAKE!

I think the reason it was a little tricky is because mums are fairly simple looking flowers. I’m surprised that the makers of fake flowers don’t just always make them because they don’t look terrible. Why take on the Orchids of the world when you can concentrate on mums? (To be clear, I wish there were zero fake flowers in the world because I like the real ones so much better. Also, the fakes collect dust, are expensive and don’t have scents.)

Anyway, you all nailed it! Well done. I’m not surprised – you’re super smart with these puzzlers.

Mr_subjunctive, you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. For being so speedy, you’ve earned the following title for the next week: Mr_Brainiac, Mr_Swiftest, Mr_Mr, Mr_Bestest, Mr_Crazy-Good-Knowledgeable-About-Houseplants, Mr_Fastest, Mr_Suave, Mr_Awesome, Mr_Charismatic, Mr_Numero Uno, Mr_Midwest, Mr_Witty, Mr_High Moral Character, Mr_I Beat Everyone Else, Mr_Grandest Champion of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond.

So if you meet someone new in the next week, you should introduce yourself as Mr_Subjunctive Mr_Brainiac, Mr_Swiftest, Mr_Mr, Mr_Bestest, Mr_Crazy-Good-Knowledgeable-About-Houseplants, Mr_Fastest, Mr_Suave, Mr_Awesome, Mr_Charismatic, Mr_Numero Uno, Mr_Midwest, Mr_Witty, Mr_High Moral Character, Mr_I Beat Everyone Else, Mr_Grandest Champion of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond. I’m sure that won’t be weird at all. Congrats! You may multiply all the prizes by Autumnal Awe. Nicely played!

Everyone’s a winner this week. To show my gratitude for you playing, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: Several fall moments, one Cochiti Lake, chile rellenos, your own personal pile of Autumn leaves, two miniature Marginatas, four brass pinkies, 16 1/3 extra credit points, one Breaking Bad finale, lots of oohs and ahhhs, watermelon juice, 17 additional points, tango lessons, an A+, a shimmering moon, six cashews, one Poodle puppy, a bouquet of fall flowers, a voucher good for a free voucher, my sincere appreciation, and one more September weekend.

Congratulations, and thanks again for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this flower real or fake?

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

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, October 3rd, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s panel of Experts. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

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

Hello spaghetti squash, and happy Friday!

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

Yay for Friday. We are pulling the brakes on another work week, and sliding into an extended weekend.

Before the holiday weekend festivities begin, I’ve gathered my Experts for another round of Ask the Experts. Let’s say hi to the Experts now. Hi Experts!

 

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You’re so cute! From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

Due to the aforementioned holiday weekend, I decided to ask the Experts the following question:

Q. As we head into Labor Day weekend, would you please tell us about your work? (Or share a story from a favorite job you had in the past, or share what job made you the most proud)

Expert Andy will start us off as usual:

A. I work for Energy Recovery Product, a company that makes power electronics for LED lighting.  As you may have heard, LEDs are the most efficient light source.  If you were to replace a regular bulb, whose design is 100+ years old, with an LED you would save approximately 84% of the power consumed for the same amount of light.  My company makes that possible.  I run the business part of the company, sales, marketing and customer service.  I’ve been with this company now for 2 years and I’d like to think I’ve had a hand in increasing our revenues by nearly 80% over that time.  We have a great team that we are building upon every day.  In some way, we are in essence, saving the planet with our products.  We typically do the power electronics in better, more efficient ways than our competitors.  We typically utilized 90% of the power that comes out of the wall of your house or your light fixture.  Ten percent is lost due to heat and the amount of “work” involved in converting wall power to power that the LEDs can use to operate.  You can’t just plug an LED into the wall, and if you do, good luck when you pick yourself up off the floor.  We make all of that possible and isolate the user from the power in the wall.  Our business is growing rapidly and we are engaged in the largest accounts around the world which keeps us all busy, on the phone and on airplanes and in strange, strange places.  Like China, where our factory is located.  We sell to companies who sell to the Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, and others.  If you go to Home Depot, for example, and see a 3″, 4″, 5″ or 6″ retrofit downlight in the lighting aisle, there’s a pretty good chance we have the power converter in that fixture.  If you are interested further go to www.erppowerllc.com for more information on our purpose and our products.

A. In retrospect, the best job I ever had was unloading trucks at a warehouse in college. You always knew when a job was done, so you always went home with a sense of accomplishment. In what I do now, the amount of time between starting something and seeing it to completion is often months or years, and nobody likes delayed gratification!

A. I once worked washing dishes at a Chinese restaurant in a small town in Utah. One early morning I found a large bowl of rice in the sink left over from the previous night. I dutifully tossed the rice and washed the bowl. As I was peeling potatoes, the cook came in and started looking around the kitchen. He barely spoke English, but eventually it became clear he was looking for a large bowl of rice. When I told him I had tossed it, he began screaming in Chinese. He had a chef”s knife and he began chasing me around the place. The manager finally rescued me. I eventually left the restaurant business and went to work in a sawmill (where I managed to smash a finger). I decided to go into a safer profession –journalism.

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Dottie may join us later. If she does, I’ll update this post right away. In the meantime, let’s admire her adorableness:

And move on to Expert Lewis:

A. Life is beautiful and full of wondrous surprises and challenges since it is Labor Day weekend and our beloved Blog Master has compelled a request of an occurrence in our lives of laborious effort.

In 1965  I was a  young boy of 14, my brother Pat (17), my cousin Joey (14), friend Philip (15), friend Dale (13) and friend Ray (17), we all got summer jobs working at a MGM giant natural gas booster / refinement plant as expendable labors.

Kansas is a land that has produced vast amounts of oil and natural gas for many years and has vast energy production facilities scattered across it.

We showed up one morning and they the Mega Gas Monster facility swallowed us up immediately and put us to work, no questions were asked about our age or knowledge but we were live bodies, fresh meat for the Mega Gas Monster / MGM that needed renovation. They actually helped several of us file the paperwork for Social Security cards.

The MGM was undergoing a large scale repair and upgrade project and needed strong back and young mind with bucks $$$$$$ in their pockets.

We all worked around large digging tractors, moving truck, hoisting cranes, giant piles of very large 4ft. pipes and pipes and pipes and construction materials.

You got to pee find a truck that’s not moving, hurt your back off the job keep moving and watch out

Madness was the order of the day and get the hell out of the way was the rule

We moved, we carried, we dug, we ran,  we sweated like dogs and worked like fools which young men do.

The Kansas sun is merciless and so were the bosses but cash in a day of limited opportunity is its own whip.

Large long trenches 5’ to 6’ foot wide and 15’ to 25’ foot deep ran rampaged across the compound, at the bottom lay  huge 4’ wide pipe and someone had to dig the dirt out from under the pipes

Safety, safety, safety who the hell needs safety, OSHA was years in the futures the jobs got to be done, so you shut up and worked, no one’s going to listen to a dumb kid away.

Pat got terrible heat burns from the boiling hot wraps used to water proof the new  pipes, Phil hurt his back moving tons of rocks, Joey got splash burns on his face from the hot wraps, Ray got hit in the head by a swinging load. No one quit we weren’t dead yet

Hard hats only went to manager or long term company employee’s, gloves you want gloves bring your own, PPE didn’t exist (Personal Protective Equipment)

The fumes off the tractors, trucks, chemicals in the tar wraps and the oil and gas leaks were nauseating, but the foreman said “Hold your breath if you don’t like it, and we worked on for the money was goooood

Don’t die on company time is slows down the works and clogs the machine

Dale and I were at the bottom of a quarter mile long, 15 foot deep trench, on hands and knees digging out the bottom dirt under a 4 foot gas pipe, there was no ladders into the trench, there was no trench box or bracings against the walls, no slope of the tailings / diggings which were piled at the edge of the trench. A large tractor was working near the edge of the trench and no one was watching out for us.

We were alone at the bottom of the world digging away under that pipe and the tractor rumbled on.

Sometime that little voice in our heads tells us something that we need to listen to and now was that time.

A small amount of dirt was falling off the wall and landing on my shoulder and the tractor rumbled on.

The dirt fall stopped so I returned to digging on my knees removing the dirt from under that pipe.

A little more dirt falls, again the voice or my guardian angel says “ Dirt falls Dirt falls, Dirt fall “ but it stops, I dig again and the tractor rumbles on.

Now sometime the little voice or the angel has to be a little more direct as the dirt falls again,

DIRT FALLS DUMBSHIT, DIRT FALLS DUMBSHIT, DIRT FALLS DUMBSHIT” is screamed in my head,

Dale is on the other side of the pipes and hears and sees nothing.

I stop, stand up,  look up to the trench edge far above my head and get a face full of dirt and the tractor rumbles loud and on.

I say to Dale “I think we be in a precarious position and should make haste away from this spot, or something like  Dale RUN.

He stand and we run like hell and when we are about fourty feet away a thirty foot by ten feet high section of the trench wall with the tractor setting sideway falls into the trench

exactly on top of the spot we has just ran for lives away from.

The guy on the sideways tractor half ways down the trench bellows at us “What the hell did you guys do down there”

Like yea we dug the side of the trench out to upset the tractor guy.

That 1,000 tons of dirt setting on my shovel made me decide.

That someday I would be a Safety Guy and help some other poor sap in a trench or other unsafe situation

Wow, Lewis, what a story!

I liked everyone’s answers this week, thank you so much! I’m enjoying learning more about each of you.

That does it for this week’s Panel of Experts. I hope you enjoyed them, too. The Experts will return in exactly one week.

Up next, the answer to last week’s puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

mr_subjunctive from Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “I’m not seeing a plant, so I’m going to go with “real, but invisible.””

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “That is the rare Aluminumis magnificis. I don’t know how you stumbled across it, there are only three known specimens on the wild, living in an undisclosed auto salvage yard somewhere in Arizona…

Either that or its fake”

Joseph Brenner wrote, “I think claude is close. This looks like the less rare cultivar –Yardartus florus, commonly referred to as Sheetmetal Flower.(B>{D>>”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “It’s a robot plant!
And thus, clearly, fake.”

Tom from Midwestern Jungle wrote, “i like mr.s’ idea of this being invisible…but i’m gonna take the fake route.”

That’s one vote invisible, zero votes real and four votes fake.

What’s the correct answer? Let’s take a wider view:

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

The horrors!

These metal cacti were for sale at the grocery store. Who goes shopping for milk and eggs and comes home with a metal cactus? I hope no one!

I knew this would be pretty easy to spot as metal, but I wanted to use it as a puzzler anyway because I couldn’t believe the price tag. $80!!!!!! Seriously? I get that $80 may be a fair price when you consider the labor and materials, but my contention is IT NEVER SHOULD’VE BEEN MADE IN THE FIRST PLACE. Eighty bucks is way too much to spend on pointless, ugly clutter.

Anyway.

mr_subjunctive, you knew it wasn’t real, and you were the first answerer, which makes you the best answerer. For being so speedy, you’ve earned the following title for the weekend: The Premier, Numero Uno, Fastest, Big-Armed, of High Intellect and Skill, Quickest, Bestest, Most Fabulous, Rapidest, Swiftest, Grandest Shadow Dancer Champion of the Houseplant Blog Universe and More.

For example, if you’re at a party this weekend and meet new people, you should introduce yourself as mr_subjunctive The Premier, Numero Uno, Fastest, Big-Armed, of High Intellect and Skill, Quickest, Bestest, Most Fabulous, Rapidest, Swiftest, Grandest Shadow Dancer Champion of the Houseplant Blog Universe and More. I’m sure it’ll lead to lifelong bonds.

Congratulations, you may multiply all the prizes by four sparkles.

Everyone’s a winner this week – well done! To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: One holiday weekend, four checkered Dalmations, 13 1/3 extra credit points, six tickets, two silent letters, strawberry milk, an A+, one labor day, five labor-free minutes, carne adovada, three earlobes, Paseo del Norte, an imaginary vacation getaway, a round of applause, one shimmering galaxy, and a pretzel. Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Are these plants real or fake?

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

Kinda tricky this week!

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, September 5th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s panel of Experts. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

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

Hello pistachios, and happy Friday!

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

It’s Friday. Shew!

Let’s start by saying hi to the Experts. Hi Experts!

 

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You’re adorable! From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

From the beginning of this Ask the Experts panel, I’ve joked about how we like to goof off on Fridays, and that Friday is our silly day. That was fine for awhile, but lately I’ve been thinking that it does a disservice to my Experts. I asked them here because I enjoy their unique takes on life, and I think we can learn from their experiences. Plus, they’re charming.

But there’s not much learning going on when I ask them questions like which houseplant would make a good school mascot. It may be a funny question, but I figure we can do better than that.

So I decided to shift the questions a bit. Instead of goofy, now they’re designed to help you get to know a little more about the Experts.

We’ll start with this one:

Q. What human issue is nearest and dearest to your heart?

Expert Andy, you’re up first, sir:

A. Mankind’s closest issue to my heart is probably curing and preventing cancer, although hunger is a close 2nd.  We’ve all seen by now the perils of someone we love battling the dreadful disease called ‘cancer’.  More and more genetics have proven to be the way to help beat it down, albeit in a painstakingly hard process that may involve chemo and/or dreadful drug side effects.  It is a very hard process to see, feel and watch.  We’ve all felt the burden of wanting to alleviate that suffering for that person we love when we are faced with it.  Out of it comes perspective and courage.  But I wish we would have all had that without sending someone we love through such a burdensome journey.  What really annoys me is that our government, and others as well, are all too often caught up in other things such as supporting the rebels somewhere else in the world fighting someone over something that we really have no reason to care about.  And then God forbid we put our own men and women in line to do the same.  Some fights are worth having, to be sure.  Some simply are not and their outcomes affecting ours are so convoluted that pure math would prove them a bad investment.  What I’m saying is “Take some of that foreign $upport and willfully and logically spend it upon something like preventing and curing cancer!”

Think about the ramifications.  More jobs and employment for our own citizens producing products that can be willfully exported and commercialized elsewhere to bring in resource$ from foreign countries to support the best country in the world, the USA!  Cancer, disease prevention and cures of all types are a national security issue that outweigh our need for outrageous amounts of foreign fossil fuel, in my opinion.
Perhaps in a future blog I will expound upon ‘hunger’ in a bit more detail.  But too many people lose their lives because of it, and certainly too many children.  It even happens here on our own soil, so I’m not even attacking the world hunger debate.
Help change the world all, in whatever way YOU can.  Put more into life and the world than you take out and the world will be a better place.

A. Domestic violence is the issue to which I have devoted the most time. I’ve served on the Board of Directors for SAFE House, a shelter here in Albuquerque (and sadly one of the largest in the nation), for the last 3 years and have spent a lot of hours dedicated to helping that organization remain stable and strong. There are so many issues & problems in the world that require attention, but I’ve always felt that ensuring everyone is safe from physical harm is the most fundamental thing we can do as a society.

I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage everyone to visit http://safehousenm.org/ and support the organization any way you can. Financial donations are of course always appreciated, but we also have a thrift store at 1301 San Mateo NE, 87110 (south of I-40 between Constitution & Lomas) where we take donations of all kinds of household goods. Thanks in advance for your support!

A. I believe the greatest condemnation of us by future generations will be our needless allowance of human hunger.

A. Dearest to my heart is that all persons would be treated equally with love and kindness.

I so wish the world would turn away from all the horrendous violence.  I feel we are on a track to permanent ruin.  Starting with the destruction of our environment and our relations with each other.

I know I sound fatalistic.  I am not a fatalist.  I have always had a positive outlo0k and hope that the next generation would see the light and start turning the country around.

Our lousy lifestyle of greed and over abundance seems reflected in every part of our lives – starting with the fracturing of the family unit, evidenced even more strongly in our political structure and movies.

However, Hope Springs Eternal.  I have met some outstanding young people, whom I so hope will become involved in world leadership.  I have grandchildren and great grand children, who are great examples of what the world could be.  They are workers and thrivers and lovers!!!!!  They want to contribute to our world in a good way and are all ready working to that end.

We have been known as the greatest nation
In the world.  Let’s all strive to keep it that way!

A. COMPASSION

Care for other human beings

Open to speak freely, honestly and truth fully

Mercy for those less fortunate then ourselves

Passion to commit and dedicate a person’s life spirit to the cause

Anger at the stupidity, ignorance, intolerance, hate, greed and injustice shown for others suffering, pain and plight

Sympathy for those in duress, till I stand in your shoes and feel your grief

Support upon my shoulder you may lean, my right hand to hold you, my left hand to shield

I stand, I yield not, I shall not fall

On any day we may be called, to be present, willing and able

New, eyes open, spirit set, hopes high, belief it can be done

Wow. You’re all remarkable. I loved the overlap on your answers. Thank you for being so thoughtful with your responses.

Readers, what do you think? If you have any comments or questions for the Experts, leave a comment in the comments section, please.

That wraps up our Experts panel for the week. Experts, thanks again for being here. They will return in exactly one week.

Up next, the answer to the puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Nancy Popp Mumpton wrote, “Couldn’t be any more fake than that plant?”

Joseph Brenner wrote, “A very real fake.”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “That looks very fake!”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Annoyingly fake”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Fake, fake, fake!”

That’s five votes fake, zero votes real.

So what’s the correct answer? Let’s take a wider view:

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

Yeah, I wish I had a better photo for you. I took this at a bait shop in Wisconsin’s North Woods. They had a pond dealio, I think maybe for kids, with real fish and fake plants. No matter which angle I tried, I couldn’t quite capture the glorious fakeness of the trees. The whole setup struck me as a missed opportunity – if they used real plants, the fish would have roots to nibble on, which would make the plants grow more, circle of life, teach your children about Nature, blah, blah, blah. You get my drift.

Anyway. You all nailed it. Fake and ugly. Nancy, you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer! Congratulations! For being so swift this week, you’ve earned the title of “I’m Nancy Mancy BoPantsy, Fee Fi Fo Fancy, BaNanaFanaGanaNancy, Grandest Championette of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond by 20 Degrees.”

So for example, if you go to a party this weekend, and meet new people, you should introduce yourself as Nancy Popp Mumpton I’m Nancy Mancy BoPantsy, Fee Fi Fo Fancy, BaNanaFanaGanaNancy, Grandest Championette of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond by 20 Degrees. I’m sure you’ll form lifelong bonds. Congrats again. You may multiply all the prizes by maple-glazed donuts.

Everyone’s a winner this week. To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: Two adobe walls, an extra earlobe, 11 peppercorn-encrusted bonus points, five aces, three mesa tops, four benevolent hummingbirds, vinaigrette, one laudatory statement, a coupon good for a ticket, 13 1/4 extra points, seven song titles and a hearty Oh Yeah. Congratulations, and thanks so much for playing.

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Are these flowers real or fake?

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

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, August 22nd, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s panel of Experts. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

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

Hello springbellzzzers, and happy Friday!

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

Sweeeeet! It’s Friday again! Let’s kick off the weekend with some goofiness.

First, our beloved Experts on are on a much-deserved break, so let’s admire their adorableness:

 

And then move on to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Steph from Indiana wrote, “REAL but a little sad? Can’t tell what’s up but this guy’s sending me a pity vibe.”

Alissa from South Dakota wrote, “I’m a little puzzled. My first reaction is fake because of the fake looking vines surrounding it and the lack of luster. I can’t see the pot well enough to cheat. I haven’t been around ficus trees in my adult life to know much better, but I am going to guess real….”

Dave from Our Happy Acres wrote, “I’m going out on a limb and guessing real, though it must be some kind of narrow leaf ficus. Real or fake, that’s one big trunk!”

That’s three votes real, zero votes fake.

So what’s the correct answer? Let’s take a closer look:

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

FAKE!

Still not convinced? Look at the trunk and the “soil”:

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

Yup, fake.

Here’s a closeup of the leaves:

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

It’s the weirdest fake tree I’ve ever seen because it’s all disheveled and some of the branches are broken. Usually fake plants are “perfect” meaning no flaws. Maybe it wasn’t supposed to be a Ficus alii, but whatever, it’s still fake and still ugly.

So, no one guessed correctly which means I stumped you! Woohoo! Yay for me. For beating all of you, I’d like to award myself the title of “Stumptress, Mischievousetta, Tricksta, Bestest, Of High Moral Character, Most Awesomest Puzzler Hostess in the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond.” I wasn’t even trying to trick you, so I’m going to go ahead and pat myself on the back for that one. And I’m going to multiply all the prizes by two hot air balloons.

I appreciate that you played, even if you didn’t win, and I’d like to show my gratitude by awarding you the following prizes: Six ballet lessons, mysterious paisley, 14 3/4 bragging rights, birdseed, hollandaise with a side of eggs, two pogosticks, one loquacious hamster, 11 extra credit points, garlic encrusted potatoes and three shoutouts. Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this Geranium real or fake:

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

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, March 21st, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

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

Hello dadadadarlinks, and happy Friday!

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

Friday is our Fun Day around here. I’ll have an answer to last week’s plant puzzler for you, as well as a new one. Those will be coming up after an all-new Ask the Experts panel.

Let’s get things started by saying hello to the Experts. Hi Experts!

 

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

Adorable! From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

The Experts appear here week after week, for no pay. So they’re going to be taking a nice long break after today’s panel. They have certainly earned it.

I decided to ask them to share a story or joke with us before they go. Here’s this week’s question:

Q. Tell us a tale about spring (you can make one up, or tell a joke if you prefer).

Expert Andy, please start us off, will you?

A. Spring and its unpredictable emergence dictated my westward migration.  During the first weekend in April 1988 I was scheduled for a plant trip to Motorola in Phoenix.  At the time I was finishing up my studies at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, IN.  On the Wednesday before, basically a day of 1 class and a lot of time to do homework and relax, I found myself enjoying the sun and 80 degree temperatures from the roof of my fraternity house.  Then WHAM!!!  The prototypical cold front roared through and the temperature dropped over 30 degrees.  I flew out of the Terre Haute airport, which was still open at the time, to W. Lafayette to pick up some purdue students before the flight went on to Chicago.  The tiny commuter plane was all over the place.  After we successfully landed and took off again, the purdue airport closed.  It was as close as I ever came to puking on on a flight.  The day would ultimately spawn a few tornados and eventually some snow flurries.  At that point I didn’t care as I had successfully made my exit and was on my way to sunny Phoenix.

While in Phoenix, I never saw a cloud for 4 days.  The temperatures were unusually warm and over 100 all weekend.  I had a friend, Lisa Hanson, also from Shelbyville, IN, already living in Phoenix and she showed me the city.  I was S-O-L-D!  I had decided that I would move to Phoenix if given a job offer.

After returning to Terre Haute, to dreary, damp and demotivating Spring weather I was contacted by GE to fly up to Erie, PA for another interview.  I remember consulting the Terre Haute newspaper to find the weather.  It was snow and temps in the 30s.  I politely declined, my decision was made.

Thank you Spring for unleashing your wrath at the perfect time and bringing me out west.  I am forever grateful.

A. Found this joke on the Internet, in addition to pure silliness, it’s a grand, metaphysical commentary on God’s sense of humor:

Father Francis McFrancis woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So… he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day.

As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father McFancis headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.

Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, “You’re not going to let him get away with this, are you?”

The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I guess not.”

Just then Father McFrancis hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. It WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!

St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, “Why did you let him do that?”

The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”

Happy Spring!!

A. A long time ago I knew a woman and I watched as she gave into the coldness of winter. She sat by our living room window and watched the snows and the winds come and go. Then, quite unexpectedly, a yellow rose appeared. She held her tears. It seemed spring had not forgotten her.

A. ODE TO A BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT

A remarkable young man graced my and my family’s life for twenty years.  To be in his presence was always a new experience.  Blessed with a compassion, caring, daring, and adventurous soul, always seeking new avenues of interest – intricate views and venues of life’s interpretations, being in his presence was exciting.  He possessed an astonishing, quick =silver mind and a devastatingly wicked and mischievous sense of humor.  Loved by all who knew him —especially his teachers and pastors.  They called him: The “Little professor”.

He entertained himself and others with an interpretive, sensual rhythmic beat expressed with his musical talent on drums.
Never to be forgotten, his portrayal of the “Little Drummer Boy”, at Christmas Church services in his younger days.

His close bonding with older brother Kris and their many shared antics; as conning 4 sisters into doing their bidding to achieve a trip to “Cloud Nine”, were legend.  Those were the “salad days”.

He was a loving son and brother and loyal friend taken from us all too soon.  To know Jeff was to love him unconditionally and with unreserved joy.

As we approach the edge of spring, we remember him and the happiness he brought into our lives.  The world has lost a precious soul but heaven has gained a brilliant light.

Here’s to you my son
Happy Birthday
Jeffery Paul Correll,
Know that we all love
And miss you!

A. Last night I stood on my porch and breath deep the scent of moisture in the air,
It was only a little snow that melted immediately but the moisture smelled divine
You who live in areas that get this precious treasure from the sky regularly be aware you are blessed
I choose to live in this land of dry beauty, I do not let the water run I try to be conscious of every drop 
Oh the sun we love of you your energy your rays brighten our days,
Father Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Rain, Mother Earth
All make our lives for we live through their grace and blessing
Snow falls short only a small gift yet our hearts leaps with joy for what we got
Our mountains stand bare only small white area at the tops
Woe be us as we pray for rain or snow, for without the wet we stand in fear of the dry
Yet all is not lost, winter and spring may still hold promise of life giving wet and still wash our dry tears away

In April of 1973 while I was on home leave from the US Air Force before I was to be sent into the belly of the beast of the war in Southeast Asia New Mexico received a snow storm of biblical proportions, In Las Vegas New Mexico 43 inches of snow fell
Needless to say the world came to a halt as New Mexican dug themselves out from this massive snow A state of emergency was declared, the Army came and we fed cow from the air in giant helicopters and drove Army tanks down snow closed ten foot drifted roads and rural home driveways
So never say never, I believe in Santa Clause, the Easter Bonny, Tooth Faily and honest politicians, used car salesman and the occasional good honest insurance agent I meet one once

Pray for snow or rain and turn off the faucet,
Wise water Gardener and grower are great
Our time is near

Wow. You guys do such an amazing job. Thank you so much. I appreciate all your hard work. You will be missed during your break!

Fantastic panel to lead into a well-deserved break. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Let’s move on to the current plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Fake, but at least it’s not even pretending to be real!

Is it greedy of me to want to be first once again? :D But I’m kind of on a roll with earning funny titles this week (just got “promoted” to moderator on my favourite internet forum, and the mods’ official title there is “Mantis” – it makes sense in context!)”

Alissa wrote, “lol fake”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “Hmmm…let me take a moment to think… This is the hardest one so far :) I guess I’ll vote fake ;)

Steph wrote, “Why is that chair being held hostage?”

Tom from Midwestern Jungle wrote, “Fake! It sure was a tough one”

Tina wrote, “Definitely a “designed” cactus. It’s SO stiff looking. Way too serious. Love the chair being “held hostage” !! Fake as all get out!”

On facebook, my awesome cousin Heather Hjortnaes wrote, “The cactus is utterly and completely fake! It appears to be wood, but I think even the wood is fake! I think that makes it doublefake.”

Another awesome cousin of mine – I love that we share a name! – Elise Ann Ralph, added, “It’s really something alright.”

That’s eight votes fake, zero votes real.

So what’s the correct answer?

Fake, of course. I don’t have a follow up photo because the cactus is so obviously fake. (It’s at Saggio’s restaurant, for you locals with inquiring minds.) It made me giggle, so thank you for indulging me.

Ivy, yes, it’s ok for you to be greedy about winning so many times in a row! You’re super speedy and you have every right to be proud of yourself for that! For being so fast this week, you’ve earned the title of “SUPERSONIC SPEEDSTER WINNINGNEST CHAMPIONETTA.” Congratulations, and well played. You may multiply all prizes by gravy. Good job!

Everyone’s a winner this week. To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: One spring of hope, four warm weather moments, 14 bragging rights, a baby giraffe, enchiladas, three plastic springs, 12 1/2 extra credit points, one sprung spring, no more snow, crackers, two pinkie fingers and February excellence. Congrats, and thanks so much for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this plant real or fake?

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

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, February 28th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you 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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