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Hey, lookee! My Lime tree is blooming again:

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She’s a little early…I usually don’t see blooms until December or January. But I’m not complaining, I cannot get enough of that heavenly scent! And the blooms mean I’ll have limes growing in the house sooner rather than later, so that’s cool, too.

In other bloom news, check out the crazy flower stem on the Echeveria:

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It keeps getting longer and longer!

Here’s what the buds looked like back at the beginning of July:

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And here’s what the stem looked like mid-July after some of the flowers began to open:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, July 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

The stem grew from a couple of inches of blooms to over a foot of them. I didn’t expect that, so I’m very impressed! Yet another reason why I love succulents.

And finally, more photos of my favs, the Cosmos:

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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

I have the most cheerful front yard on the block. Thanks Cosmos!

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

The backdoor container garden’s coming along!

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Good To Grow, Liza's plants

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Mostly, everything’s been growing great. There are tons of tomatoes (minus all the cherry ones that I’ve been picking off and eating the moment they are ready), the peppers are growing, there are radishes, beets, oregano, basil, strawberries (well, a couple of them anyway) and garlic. All the flowers make me super happy.

But there are a few plants that aren’t doing as well.

Remember those onions that were blooming?

Well, I finally pulled them last week and was shocked to see the bottoms were wet and starting to rot. What? In an Albuquerque summer, I overwatered a container that has drainage holes??? That didn’t make sense.

Sure, there’s mulch to retain moisture and it was obviously doing its job. But really? All the planters are in full sun all day!

Besides, I’m the plant lady! Overwatering is supposed to be a rookie mistake!

Clearly, those onions must be liars.

Yes. That’s the only logical conclusion. I’m perfect and the onions are lying.

Stupid onions. I never liked them much anyway.

Ok, ok, I’ll admit I’m lying – I love onions. They’re decent and honest vegetables.

[Insert soul searching here.]

I musta goofed somewhere along the way.

Instead of dwelling on my mistake and beating myself up (what’s done is done!), I decided move forward and vowed to slow waaaay down on watering any of the containers.

Since that decision, it’s rained every day.


(It’s against the law to complain about rain in the desert, so I am not doing that! Thank you rain gods!)

The excess moisture may explain why the Chayote seems to be holding still at this size:

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The excess moisture may also explain why the Bougainvillea lost all its colorful bracts (they’re making a wonderful comeback already) and why the Osteospermum stopped flowering a couple of weeks ago.

Double dangit.

I’m really not perfect? That is SHOCKING news.

[Insert more soul searching here.]

I guess I’m left with no choice but to accept that I’m a mere mortal with flaws like everyone else. Sigh.

Haha, I’m teasing, of course. I’ve known for ages that I’m not perfect and that I’m going to make mistakes.

No one likes to admit their mistakes – especially not on a public forum like a blog – but I personally am not attached the idea of being right, so it’s ok. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.



Moving on.

In houseplant news, there’s this:

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I am beside myself to see what these little Echeveria flowers are going to look like in a day or two (finally, after weeks of anticipation).

Also, Lady Everymore, an Aeschynanthus plant, is blooming again and bringing joy to the kingdom:

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For every fail, hopefully there are two wins. Or three. Or four. Or five…

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

Ya’ll know how much I love flowers. Here are my favorite flower photos – taken in and around my casa – in the month of September:

Thanks to our hostess Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming on the 15th of each month.

Hope you have a great weekend, I’ll be back Monday.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a few clumps of fall-bloooming Mexican Evening Primrose (Oenothera) as I drove around Albuquerque.

They are nothing if they are not hardy little boogers.

A few days ago, I noticed one lonely blossom in my own yard:

I love the adorable pink blossoms, but I can see why people get so mad about how much they spread. If you want a nice neat little flower bed plant, this is not the one for you.

They absolutely thrive in crappy soil, which we have an abundance of in New Mexico. In my yard, they have not been invasive and I think that’s because once they are done blooming in the spring, I don’t irrigate that part of the yard again until next spring. A fall rebloom is a testament to the monsoon rains rather than my attention to them.

It’s hard to believe any plant becoming invasive here with our wild weather swings. But if the Mexican Evening Primrose tried to conquer my yard, I believe the Morning Glories would knock them down.

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

Aaaahhh, I love me some pretty flowers!

Candy, my Lime tree:

Elise, a Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns) plant is bustin’ out blooms:

So is Sue, a Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant):

Chrissy, a Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus), is on her rebloom:

There’s the lone pansy outside:

It’s looked like that for weeks now.

Also inside, a Hippeastrum, or Amaryllis, a gift from my awesome cousin:

And a bouquet of tulips:

Yay for flowers indoors in winter!

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming around the 15thish of each month.

So, what’s blooming in your house?

Ahh, December! When my outdoor gardens lay frozen and quiet, my indoor garden begins to come alive.

Hi lemonbunnies, and welcome back to the Good To Grow site. Today I have photos of pretty blooms, something we do on the 15thish of each month because I’m a complete sucker for flowers.

The Schlumbergeras, or Christmas Cactus, have been blooming since Halloween:

A big splash of red, and now Crissy is about to rebloom with pink blooms. They show no signs of slowing down.

Neither does Sue, who’s a Chlorophytum comosum, or Spider plant. She’s been blooming like mad for months now:

An unparalleled enthusiasm for life!

Candy, my Lime tree, began blooming a couple of weeks ago:

Every winter when she blooms, I mourn that the Internet cannot yet transmit scents. Where are my brainiacs?

Here’s a closer look at Candy’s blossoms:

She smells divine.

And lastly, two of my Euphorbia miliis, or Crown of Thorn plants, are blooming. I’m charmed by their cream-colored bracts (the flower is the yellow-lime center)

Here’s Ellie, who I’ve had for years, in the morning light:

Adorable, right?

And here’s Elise. Started from Ellie’s cuttings, she’s a little over a year old. These are her first blooms:

I’m sure Ellie’s swelling with pride!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is the suggestion of Carol over at May Dreams Gardens. Thank you, Carol, for encouraging me to be a showoff! (It’s my natural state.)

I’ll be back manana with an all-new panel of Experts. The Experts will then be off for the next few Fridays for the holidays (I’ll still be here with puzzlers), so I hope you tune in tomorrow. It promises to be great fun!

Yay! It’s that time of the month again when Carol at May Dreams Gardens encourages us to share photos of what’s blooming in and around the house. She doesn’t have to ask me twice – I loooooves me some flower photos!

October is a gorgeous month in Albuquerque, and it shows in the plants. Here are my container flowers (Marigolds, Gaillardia, Pelargonium, Petunias, Pansies) by the back door:

Cosmos out front:

I’d like my regular readers to know that I haven’t repeated a single Cosmos photo in the last few months. You’re welcome for me not sharing all eight thousand that I shot.

Man, I could look at Cosmos photos all day, couldn’t you?

Elsewhere in the yard, Petunias:

And Snapdragons:

Indoors, Lady Evermore the Aeschynanthus is back hanging and she’s rocking out the new blooms:

Sue, a Chlorophytum ‘Spider Plant,’ is also hanging (hey kids, her wish came true!) and busting out the blooms:

And you all know Miss Mimosa, the Mimosa pudica – her leaves fold when you touch them and she has been blooming nonstop since winter last year:

Silly little blooms! She makes me really happy to be an indoor gardener, because when plants bloom in the house, it’s…well…magical. How would I get through dreary winters without my houseplants to cheer me until spring?

I have a young Mimosa on the kitchen windowsill who decided to roll out her very first blossom ever just this morning:

And finally, Chrissy (Schlumbergera, ‘Christmas Cactus’) isn’t waiting until Christmas to bloom:

Her blooms are decidedly pink, which isn’t as good as purple, but it’s still pretty awesome.


Hey, normally I publish Monday through Saturday, but check back tomorrow because I’m going to do a special post about a cool new book giveaway from Timber Press. See ya manana.

A few weeks ago, I swapped out the leaf hopper-chomped Petunias by my back door with pretty Pansies. I looooove me some Pansies.

Yeah, I think it’s pretty obvious how much I love them. They’re so cheerful, how can I resist?

The Pansies are much hardier than my delicate Cosmos flowers in front of the house, so they weathered the rain storm the other day like troopers:

It was raining in the morning when the sun peeked over the Sandia Mountains, so there was a morning rainbow. Which I love almost as much as flowers.

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

Yet more Cosmos flower photos, because I’m completely charmed by them right now.

Oh my, I might swoon, they’re so beautiful!

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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