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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.

Hi tomato slices, and happy Wednesday.

Do you know what this plant is?

It’s a big fat waste of money, is what that is. Lucky bamboo. They’re lucky for the people selling them (online they run about forty bucks a pop – outrageous!) but not for anyone else.

Certainly not lucky for me. I find them abandoned in offices all over town. What am I supposed to do with them? I want to ignore them – I’m paid to care for my plants, not plants employees bring in from home or plants they get as gifts.

But I can’t bring myself to ignore them entirely. I mean, they are living, breathing creatures first, ugly wastes of money and symbols of greed second.

What? Did I just offend you because you have one sitting on your desk? Has it brought you luck? I didn’t think so. I’ll apologize when someone can prove the plants’ luckiness. Which will never happen because they’re NOT LUCKY.

After I know they are abandoned, I keep them filled with water, and constantly ask employees to take them home. No one does. So I’m stuck taking care of plants no one wants, most of all me. They’re a pain in my ass.

If you are considering buying a lucky bamboo plant, don’t. Just don’t.

[I have nothing against lucky charms or assigning symbolism to plants. Jades, for example, are considered symbols of financial success. Good for them. But these stupid Lucky Bamboo plants are different. First, they’re too expensive. Secondly, if they were outside, and not in an office in a container, they’d be considered an invasive species, incredibly hard to control and/or remove. Mostly, though, they have zero personality – it’s impossible to bond with them. Too harsh?]


I’ll be back manana!

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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.

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