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Look at these ridiculously gorgeous orchid cactus flowers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Epiphyllum flowers

Crazy beautiful. And large. And oh-so-pink! I love them.

Eeeeeeeeee!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Orchid Cactus flowers

My orchid cactus is flowering for the first time! I’m very excited, because it caught me by complete surprise.

You see, the plant itself is large and rather unruly:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Orchid Cactus flowers

It’s hard to believe that this huge houseplant started several years ago as two cuttings, each about four inches long, given to me by a friend’s Mom. She told me at the time that it would bloom someday but she didn’t say what the blooms would look like.

I mostly ignore this plant. Sometimes it gets thirsty, sometimes I overwater it. I rarely prune it. Because it’s so large, I tend leave it alone.

That’s why I was so surprised to see flowers. I had gotten home last night and was actually looking at the Euphorbia that sits on a table below it, when something caught my eye. I looked up and was astonished and delighted to see the flowers. I hadn’t noticed any buds forming so it was quite the treat to see.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, orchid cactus flowers

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, orchid cactus flowers

Yay for unexpected flowers in the house!

 

Hello peaches, let’s look at what’s blooming in your garden this February (instead of mine).

Nancy Mumpton of Phoenix sent me photos of her gorgeous flowers.

Says Nancy, “Our weather has been so much warmer than normal so many plants are responding!”

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Responding, indeed! They’re beautiful, Nancy!

Most of the country is snowed in, so it’s nice to see your flowers from Arizona. Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

We’ll do this again next month, so if you have flowers blooming that you’d like to show us but you don’t have a blog, send your photos to me and I’ll post them for you. That’s indoor and outdoor blooms.

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 this flower was real or fake:

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

Leave your best guess in the comments section. The deadline is tonight at midnight MST (that’s 2am EST). I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) tomorrow. Imaginary prizes will abound for all who play.

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.

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.

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