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Hello beautiful moons, and happy Friday!

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

We’re closing the books on another workweek by blowing off a little steam with our Panel of Experts. We do this just about every Friday.

It wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and determination of our beloved Experts. Let’s say hi to them 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.

In honor of Arbor day, I decided to ask the Experts about trees. Here’s this week’s question:

Q. Tomorrow is Arbor day. Can you tell us about your favorite trees, or tell us a tree-related story?

Expert Andy will start us off as usual. Andy?

A. First off, I swear the tree was dead before any of this happened.

Every Friday after Thanksgiving in my 20s my buddies and I would venture to the San Carlos Reservation to take up some gamble quail hunting.  The annual event would come to be known as “Guns, Liquor and Ammo”.  I know, the savviest of you would claim that those 3 things should be mutually exclusive….but not in this case.  We would hunt during the days and blow stuff up at night.  It would all start with some cocktails at dusk and lead to the inevitable gas-in-a-wine-bottle-with-aluminum tape thrown in the fire and ultimately digress into shooting a Coleman propane can after it was heated with the camp fire.  From a distance, of course, in the interest of “safety”.  It so happened that one such trip was in the midst of a cold, cold front that we later estimated to drop nighttime temps to the teens.  It was so cold on this occasion that we lit a dead cottonwood tree on fire to keep us warm all night.  It was about 14 foot tall, the kind you see on Scooby Doo when Scooby and Shaggy go searching for the bad guy on a cold, dark, rainy night.  This tree was in an old wash that was dry, rocky and sandy.  We had to drop down a 3 foot wash bank to get to it on the way back and forth to refill our vodka and whatever cocktails which I deemed a “51 – 50”.  51% alcohol, 50% mixer.  As it happened, my best friend Darren was ambling up the wash bank on the way to the “bar” when the cottonwood decided to finally give way after being on fire to keep us warm.  It’s largest branch had lost final support and tumbled onto Darren’s back as he aimed for a noble pursuit.  Thankfully, it grazed him on the left shoulder knocking him into the brush and cockle burros.  Of course our inner sober sprung to action and made sure he was ok before we started laughing into the night.  In fact, my friend Doug quipped to Darren “Tell me you are ok so I can laugh.”  We all lived to tell about it much as I am doing here.   We still laugh about a comment made later that night by the remaining fire as we were reflecting upon the incident.  The comment was “That limb fell faster than gravity.”
Looking back on it, a big lesson was learned; Don’t take your eye off a dead tree that’s on fire.

A. I don’t have a single tree-related story I can tell. Not a single one. A whole lifetime of experiences, and not a single tree story. I haven’t lived…

My favorite tree is the weeping willow. I just like the way it, well, just hangs there weeping.

A. There was once an old cottonwood with large arms and green leaves that flickered cool. It was a place to sit and tell stories of ghosts, la llorona, and wolves that howl on cue. It was a place where you could count stars or sunsets. Old cottonwoods hold truths.

A. Thank you for reminding me that I should be ever grateful to all the trees that surround me and give me life!  They provide me with food, shelter, beauty, entertainment, tools, games and on and on.  Thank the foresight of Julius Sterling Morton for creating the first Arbor Day on April 10, 1872 when over one million trees were planted.  The state of Nebraska made it an annual legal holiday in 1885.  The idea spread all over the U.S. finally being proclaimed a national holiday by Richard Nixon in 1970.  The holiday has now gone international: for example: Japan calls it “The Greening Week”, Israel: The New Year’s Days of Trees, “The Tree Loving Week” of Korea.
Saving the trees and reforestation can save our planet!

Think too of the memories created in the carving of initials as a sign of true troth in the “Old Apple Tree” –
The fun as a child in climbing and finding a comfortable branch to “hang out” on and get a spectacular view of your world –a hidey ho to sit and read a book and be at peace with the world.

All the songs and poems written to honor trees—my favorite:          TREES BY JOYCE KILMER

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that my in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree!

Now, I am going to go out and “Hug a Tree”!

A final thought:  Get your dog’s point of view!

A.

Ok who pissed off God,

Will you please say you’re sorry so we may be gifted with some rain

As I was walking across the High desert recently the ground bone dry

Not a trace of green the desert plants that usually survive here dry and brittle no growth this year

No bugs, no ants or gnats, butterflies, stinkbug or grasshoppers nothing

Maybe they all  lying low, out of the hot sun under the cloudless sky

Only the stupid humans out walking in the hot and dry

A lone jack rabbit gaunt, long and lean, looks at us with weary eyes ,grumbles as it amble away

Come on you damn people stop being such damn asses as you screw up the world

Tell God you’re sorry before we all die of thirst/madness/ hate/ intolerance/  ___________

So I will start

I’ m sorry God for calling all those people/drivers with excrement for brains

Excrement heads I know there are one or two good folks / drivers out there

And I will try not to be the fool too

I will not badmouth politicians/ lobbies/ lawyers/ insurance / used car / __________ intelligence, upbringing  or insult their mothers lineage

I know I could say more and I will in my heart but

Now it is your turn Who of you out there is next

Ok don’t crowd or push you all will get your turn

A little louder please

Ok God we all said we’re sorry may we have some rain now

Thanks for listening

PFR

Wow! Once again, you all impress me so much!

Lewis, I for sure will pray for rain (PFR) – we need it so much! Dottie, I love that poem, and I love you for sharing it with everyone! I wish I could go climb in a tree right now and read! EZ, I wonder how many truths Andy and his friends burned with that old Cottonwood tree! Probably not the truths you had in mind. Thack, that’s ok – you have the rest of your life to create tree stories. Get out there and start! Andy, what can I say? You guys are hilarious. And crazy! That story made me laugh.

Hopefully the Experts brought a smile to your face. They did mine. Thanks Experts, for everything you do for us!

That does it for this week’s Experts panel. The Experts will return in exactly one week. They hope to see you back here.

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

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Joseph Brenner wrote, “Fake.(B>{D>”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Agreed, it looks quite fake.”

Tina from Canada wrote, “This fake plant needs water! It’s so droopy!”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “I’m going to vote fake!”

That’s four votes fake, zero votes real.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a closer look:

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Ugh! Fake! And dusty! And ugly! What a waste of money!!!

You all nailed it. I’m not surprised – you’ve proven yourselves to me over and over. Well played!

Joseph, you were the first with a correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. For being so speedy, you’ve earned the title of Premierest, Firstest, Swiftest, Dapperest, Of High Moral Fortitude, Most Elegant and Intelligent, Grandest Champion of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond. Congratulations! You may multiply all the prizes by glitter.

Everyone’s a winner again this week. I’d like to show you my appreciation for playing by awarding you the following prizes: Twin trees, three more ankles, a garden salad, 16 2/3 bragging rights, four furry hummingbirds, one family tree, one celebratory weekend, five bribes, 14 bonus points, a curry-scented shrub, a platter of toast, six blown kisses and my sincere treeciation! Congrats, and thanks so much for playing! Good job everyone!

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this Aloe 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, May 2nd, 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.

Yesterday, I asked what advice you would have for a reader who sent in this photo of her Euphorbia milii ‘Crown of Thorns’ plant:

Good To Grow, The Plant Lady Chronicles

Let’s see how you answered:

Cass McMain wrote, “E. milli (Aka Crown of Thorns) makes a great houseplant. It will not do very well with artificial light, and prefers a sunny spot. Cutting the top off won’t harm anything, and it should branch out from there. (Beware of the sap, which is a skin irritant.)

It blooms naturally in the spring and summer, but I wouldn’t expect much this year. Be careful not to overwater or overfeed, and make sure it has very good drainage.”

Ginny Burton, of Burton Optician in Washington DC, wrote, “That’s a very well-traveled plant! My advice is to follow Cass’s advice. I’ve never grown the plant, but can see that it’s still alive and has a bit of new growth. I can’t imagine that in Saudi Arabia she can’t find a bright window for the plant — unless she’s afraid that the strong sun will harm it.”

Here’s what I actually wrote back to her:

>>>>Hello to you Haifa! Thank you for writing to me, and thanks for including a photo. Your plant should grow well indoors – I have three in my foyer and they are thriving. If you can give your plant a sunny window, that would be best. You were correct to cut off the dried-off part. It looks like it’s regenerating leaves and that is great. To get your plant to flower, you should fertilize it. Do you have any products available to you? Plants really love regular fertilizer – it pushes them to flower. I hope you keep me updated on how your plant is doing!
Liza>>>>
She wrote back:

>>>>hey liza!! thanks for the reply ! am excited!! lol!! k…nd thanks for the tips u provided… yea me did think of puttung the pot near the window… nd yea its gonna be summer here in saudi nw…  nd can u plz tell me what sort of fertilizers shall i  use for my plant..is it potassium??
yeah .. ill sure update with my thorny plant pics!!!

love haifa… ♥>>>>

And then I wrote back to her again:

>>>>There are many types of fertilizer. Potassium can be one ingredient. I don’t know what kinds you have available over there. You can try using plant food, too, like the Miracle Gro products.>>>>

Pretty lame response on my part, but I wasn’t sure what to tell her, having no idea what was available to her in Saudi Arabia. My guess is that they don’t have Miracle Gro products but I was grasping to have something to say.

So, Cass, your advice was spot-on. I like how you would’ve warned her about the sap, which I neglected to do. And you’re right that her plant won’t flower until it’s a little older and has more “strength.” Ginny, you were spot-on, too, to recognize that Cass’s advice was good. Haifa apparently thought to find a sunny window on her own, which was cool. Good job to both of you. Thanks for your comments.

I never did hear back from Haifa, but hopefully that little traveling plant is doing well.

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There’s still time to guess last week’s puzzler, in which I asked if this Ficus was real or fake:
Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler
I won’t lie – this is not an easy puzzler. But don’t let that keep you from guessing anyway. You can’t win imaginary prizes unless you try.
The deadline is tonight at midnight MST (that’s 2am EST). Leave your guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) tomorrow.
Hope to see you back 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.

Hello plantlovahs, and happy Friday!

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

Experts, thank you for being here, too, and hello!

 

“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.

Have you shaken off the holidays and embraced 2013 yet? I sure hope so, because there is no turning back.

Personally, I’m full of optimism about the coming year. But then, I’m almost always in a good mood this time of year. Spring is just around the corner, so my mind has been on gardening and what I’m growing this year. Daydreaming about gardening is something that makes me happy. I was curious what my Experts were happy about so far this year. So I asked ’em.

Q. Tell us about something that has made you very happy so far this year.

Expert Andy, please start us off today:

A. The Hoosiers have made me happy so far this year.  #5 in the land, 13 – 1, playing well, 2-0 in the Big Ten, and plenty of good home games ahead to stack the record and ranking even further.  That’s what makes me happy….WINNING and doing it the right way, graduating hard working kids, and making us proud off the court.

A. Through the first 10 days of 2013, I am happy that the American economy didn’t implode and ignite a conflagration of doom and despair across the entire planet. That would have sucked.

A. Very happy? Not one thing so much as some small things, some small moments I found pleasing. I wrote a little. Words make me happy. I ate a sumptuous carne adovada enchilada at a small place near Old Town. Chile makes me happy. I listened to some reggae and that made me happy. I suppose I’m easy to please.

A.

Faith and Begorra have I a tale to tell and it is all TRUE!!!!  Our dear Liza can attest to its veracity!!!!What a wonderful way to start the New Year!!!

      A short while ago, Liza received a request from a person that had been looking for me for several years .  In her quest to find me, she stumbled upon Liza’s site: https://goodtogrow.wordpress.com.

She requested my E mail address from Liza.  Liza being the sly one, responded she would be happy to forward the request to me.  Upon receiving the request, I immediately e mailed my dear Irish friend back – but heard nothing.  I was so disappointed and thought it might be a hoax but low and behold –it must have been heaven sent — a message appeared last week from my long lost friend.  This was a lady that worked for me for many years.  As she was of the Irish persuasion., we became fast friends.

As our lives changed (mainly mine) and I moved about the country, we lost track of each other.  I had last seen her on a visit to Olmsted falls, Ohio, 6 years ago.

Her children were still in school and lord save us – they are all now married and she is the grandmother of 5!  We exchanged pictures and memories and all is glorious and she plans a trip out here to the enchanted Arizona red rock land soon.

One must never under estimate the wonder and  the far reaching arms of Liza’s creative and “MAGIC” Blog.

BLESS YOU LIZA!

A.

Happy, A feeling that brings a smile to your face, comfort to your heart, joy to your spirit, peace to your soul, all is right with the world if only for a little while.

Happy, I have family and friends who love me, the trust and confidence of associates, the honor to stand tall and believe in what I do.

Happy, I took a breath this morning, the light shined in my eyes and my love of my life greeted me “Good Morning”.

Happy, Yes I’ve been happy and I wish you all the same

Dumb & corny but happy

You guys are awesome.

Andy, the Hoosiers have been making me happy too – did you see that I colored your answer crimsonish, in their honor?

Tim, yes it would’ve sucked.

If any of my readers have ever wondered how EZ got his nick name…

Dottie, you’re adorable! I’m so glad you and your friend reconnected – how fun!

Lewis, you’re adorable, too! I think I’d be happy, too, if I’d just gotten back from seeing Van Goghs up close and personal.

You guys are all great, thanks again for being here!

Aaaaand just like that, the panel is over. The Experts will return in exactly one week. They hope to see you back here.

Up next, last week’s puzzler answer.

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Nancy Popp Mumpton of Arizona wrote, “Let’s hope it is as real as it looks because they are good to have in a room to clean the air!”

Charlie Hebert wrote, “I’m gonna say real but I’m not 1000% sure.. I just had a Hamster sandwich and I feel kinda funny.. Maybe the one you did the surgery on in the office from a long-ago Blog???”

Terrence from Dynamic Gardening wrote, “This pothos plant is real, it looks nice and healthy!”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “That is way too beautiful to be fake. Real, and wonderfully so!”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Of course it’s real. you’re not even trying.”

Alissa wrote, “Real!”

Mary wrote, “I have to go with real.”

That’s seven votes real, zero votes fake, one taunt.

So what’s the correct answer?

Maybe a wider view will help:

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

Real! Just before those long tendrils got snipped. The growth spurts and the beautiful variegation of the leaves are the result of fertilizing. Epipremnums especially respond well to regular fertilizing or plant food – their leaves light up.

It would be tough for any fake plant manufacturer to duplicate those leaf colorations, they are just too pretty. Another good reason to choose real plants over fake ones.

Nancy, you were first with the correct answer for the second week in a row – well played! The first answerer is the best answerer, so this week you’ve earned the following title: Firstest, Premierest, Swiftest, Of High Moral Character, And a Snappy Dresser, Bestest, Most Plantastic Grandest Championiette of the Houseplant Blog Universe and Beyond. Congratulations! You may multiply all the prizes by Goldilocks. Thanks for playing.

Everyone’s a winner today. No huge surprise since you are all so smart. I’m grateful to you for playing, so I’d like each of you to have the following prizes: Four Daydreams, 17 extra Happy Moments, nine Smiles, two Chocolate Ice Cream Cones, a Voucher Good for a Half-price Coupon, three dozen Lips, 14 Bonus Points, an Inspirational Poster of Golden Retrievers Cleaning a Kitchen, an A+, and a hearty round of applause. Congratulations!

Thank you again to all of you!

???Real or Fake???

Is this cactus 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, January 17th, 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.

Hello sugar cookies, and happy Friday!

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

Actually, it’s not a happy Friday. As I was preparing this post, I learned about the shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those families. It’s unfathomable that someone would shoot children, and I am very sorry for all the victims.

It’s not my intent to make light of the tragedy by continuing with our Friday fun. I apologize in advance if that’s bad form.

That said, the show will go on. Let’s start by saying hi to our Experts. Hi Experts!

 

“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.

As most of you know, Andy and I have known each other since childhood. Tim and EZ have been my friends for almost a decade. The lovely and charming octogenerian Dottie and the venerable Lewis Casey, I know through our volunteering for the American Red Cross. All are wonderful people, and I’m honored to have them on this Friday panel.

They do all this work for free, so I like to give them breaks fairly often. So today’s panel will be the last of the year. The Experts will return in January.

Here’s the question I asked them this week:

Q. Since you’ll have the next two weeks off, do you have any thoughts you’d like to leave the readers with?

Andy, start us off, will you?

A. I want to wish all of our readers a very happy Christmas and a fiscal-cliff-be-damned prosperous 2013 and beyond.  Thanks to all of you for putting up with my rants, which are often times purposely embellished and impolite regarding culturally sensitive topics.  Not that you need to know but I’ve diagnosed myself Libertarian in the true freedoms afforded by the Founding Fathers.  I’m fiscally conservative and personally liberal, and you will receive controversial rantings from me from those angles when the topics of the week entice them.  I really don’t know squat about plants, but I appreciate their beauty and purpose, much as I do our wonderfully spirited moderator.

Enjoy your special moments with those you cherish, for ’tis the season for doing so.  In reality, all 365 days should be devoted to that each year but hustle and bustle often win out for 358 of those days, unfortunately.  While on this planet, life is to be cherished and enjoyed to its fullest capacity.  Why carry the baggage of anger, resentment, and anxiety around all year/life long?  It is a waste of time.  Stay positive, for your college basketball team may go from 5 wins to over 27 in just 3 years time.  Or your favorite NFL team may jettison its Hall of Fame QB after a 2 win season without him, only to draft a new one and make the playoffs.  The best of life is always ahead of us, it just take a good attitude and resilience.

And if I may, please keep better track of who’s doing what in our government.  And remember it when it comes to the voting freedom you are afforded every year.

God Bless!

A. Some of my favorite collected quotes/sayings:

– It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.
– Never let your morals get in the way of doing what’s right. 
– Life is always important, but never serious. (Credit where credit is due, this is my mom’s)
– Hate almost always has a reason or rationale, but Love is almost always unreasonable.

People always misunderstand the last one, it’s about the limits of reason in human experience, not that hatred is superior because it’s almost always rational/rationalized. 
 
The collected wit and wisdom of Tim Thackaberry, abridged edition. Happy Holidays everyone!!

A. Merry Christmas to all in Liza Land. May the winter snow fall gently on your face. May the peacemakers be blessed in your lifetime. May your plants drink the December sunshine. May you hear the sounds you long to hear and find memories to keep you warm when the days grew short.

A. During this season, I particularly “wax” in a sentimental and philosophical fashion.

I am glad to see this chaotic year come to an end.  There is so much despair around the world.  I pray for all those that are suffering.  Hope springs eternal that the New Year will bring about a change and an improving lifestyle for all suffering humanity.

I shall never cease being grateful each day for my loving family, dear friends and the ability to live in a country that allows me personal freedom of expression and further, to enjoy the opportunity to explore my views in venues, such as the blog.

Thank you dear readers for bearing with this motley crew each week.  We love your comments and support.  It really eggs us on to be our most indulgent and I guess sometimes, obnoxious selves.  Forgive us for any offending times!

May you have a joyous holiday season with those you love surrounding you.  My best wishes to each of you, for a healthy, hearty and adventurous 2013.

A.

Sorry,

I’m late today what exactly does that mean. Is that some old fat guy dragging his feet and didn’t get his work / commitment finished in a timely manner and the rest of the dear experts have to wait.. So what is time, a set interval of motions that occur between the rising of the sun and the setting of the sun, but no that can’t be cause where fits night, is it the rising of the sun to the rising of the sun again, is that time. That time thing late, I am away’ s late I haven’t had a watch in years they make me more tardy. But what late mean to a young woman is a whole different story then what it means to my dumb ass. Does a mother-to-be check her watch to see how her baby grows, or does Mother Nature run the show as she has done long before clocks, watches or Ipods, Ipads or Icrap ran our lives.  Time is on our side, times heals all wounds, Time’s a wasting, Time to burn, No time like the present, Time to go, Time’s up, Timely, You’re out of time,

Time Out,  now what is really with Time Out,  Billie, Tommy, Joey, Andy, Mary, Sally Lewis or Sue if you don’t behave you’re going to be in Time Out. Oh NO! Not time out that is just so scary, hairy, frightening, terrifying horrible, anything but that Mommy, Daddy, teacher, preacher or Grandma Dee. Not Time Out, that phase, pause, interval, segment,  that interlude where human children, stop, quit, cease existence and transcend into the nether world of corner standing. Hell in that duration of life called my childhood Time Out was swift hand to the butt or at school Sister Mary Hardass grabbed a hand full of ear and swung you around a few times and bashed you against a desk or whatever was handy, to this day that’s why my right ear is longer than my left.

See I squandered a little more of your valuable time. Time is just the catch word for life, our life the spark the light that connects us to the rest of the universe is vast and beyond our vision and understanding and that’s ok. If I stand at the shore of the mighty sea and I put my little toe in the water, did it rise on the other side. Does it matter.

I ‘m asking for a clock, a watch, a Icrap for Christmas, I’m figure I’m not crazy enough yet.

To those who have gone beyond the boundaries of Earth we hold you always in our hearts.

My your Christmas be blessed and your New Year plentiful

Peace

 

Fantastic!

You each have your own individual style, don’t you? I think that’s cool. I wish peace, and a Merry Christmas back to each one of you.

That does it for the 2012 Ask the Experts panel. The Experts will be back in 2013. Hope ya’ll have a great new year! Thanks so much for being here.

Now, let’s move on to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Charlie Hebert wrote, “My uneducated guess is Real! And I promise Not to vote twice this week!”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Im pretty sure thats real. but ii Im wrong its because I’m viewing it on an android phone. which explains any spelling errors too.”

Nancy Popp Mumpton wrote, “Those are real and just lovely. Jade plant does not grow well here in Phoenix because it hates the hot nights in summer and just melts…. but LA is loaded with them!”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Real – and wow, I’ve never seen so many flowers on one (OK, so I only know one plant that blooms at all…)”

Ginny Burton, Optician to the Stars, wrote, “Jade plants bloom? I’m astonished!”

Nancy Popp Mumpton wrote, “They do bloom lots in California in the ground. They are difficult to get to bloom in a pot in the house. My understanding is that is takes years and years and, even then, it is unusual and needs perfect conditions.”

Tree9616 wrote, “I have quite a few seeds from a thornless black locust (growing in my yard) if anyone wants ‘em, let me know. randy (tree9616@aol.com)”

Tom from Midwestern Jungle wrote, “Real!”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “Those leaves are wonderfully plump, so I’m going to go with real! I’ve never seen one in bloom. It is gorgeous.”

Jenifer Fox wrote, “Real. Major expert advice! Nice.”

Tina from Canada wrote, “Hi Liza! I can tell you most definitely definitely that said jade plant is the real thing…..for sure. My magic zoom photo feature told me so. The anticipation of getting one of the imaginary prizes is totally consuming!”

Dave wrote, “Really real!”

That’s nine votes real, zero votes fake, one shameless plug for locust seeds.

What’s the correct answer?

A few weeks ago, I’d used my phone to take pictures of some beautiful flowering Jades at Osuna Nursery. The photo I took for my “wider view puzzler revealer” shot disappeared from my camera roll. So yesterday, I stopped by Osuna to try again.

But by yesterday, everything had changed for the Jades at Osuna.

Meanwhile, the original shot mysteriously reappeared:

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

Very real and gorgeous.

Yesterday, all the Jades at Osuna looked like this:

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

Waaaaaaaaiiiiitttttt! Where are you taking them?

There were lots of employees making changes around the nursery. Maybe they were replacing the Jades with Christmas stock? By the way they’re packaged, I have to believe they are not coming back.

I didn’t ask any of the employees, I just left.

Ginny, I remember a long time ago my Dad telling me that Jades only bloom when they are mature and rootbound. I think what’s more true today is that different varieties bloom more than others. And when they do bloom, it’s during December and January.

I remember seeing some Jades at Jericho Nursery blooming, too, and since it’s near Osuna, I stopped by to take photos of them:

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

Those all look mature, but even the babies were blooming:

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

I love those adorable star-shaped flowers!

One reason I enjoy these plant puzzlers is that I like showing off how beautiful real plants are, more so than I enjoy vilifying fake plants. The real ones are always prettier, and of course, real plants are the only ones capable of producing cute flowers.

If you’re willing to plunk down some cash, you can find some attractive looking fake plants. I know I’ve seen some nice fake flowers, again, very expensive. The vast majority of fake plants, however, are going to be uglier, in my mind, than a real plant. Those are just my tastes – everyone has their own opinions, and that’s fine. I don’t want to offend people who have fake plants or who don’t object to modified plants.

I’m a plant snob, so I can’t stand when plants don’t look their natural best. Like when they’re made of fabric. Or when they’re the wrong color, like these orange Poinsettias:

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

Ew. See? I’m a harsh critic. If you find yourself admiring the orange, or blue or green, whatever, you’re probably just a lot more laid back than I am. Don’t get upset with my criticism, pat yourself on the back instead.

Charlie Hebert, you were first with a correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. Well done! For being so speedy, you’ve earned the title of “Firstest, Premierest, Most Excellently Shoed, Swiftest, Rapidest, More Nimble, Accelerated, Most Efficient, Grandest Championtier of the Houseplant Blog Universe, the Eastern United States and Beyond.” Congratulations! You may multiply all the prizes by trail mix!

Everyone’s a winner! I’d like to show my gratitude that you played by awarding each of you the following prizes: One Merry Mary, three Candy Canes, 14 Bragging Rights, four Strands of Multicolored Lights, Glory, 2 1/2 Gingerbread Men, one Bowl of Christmas Cheerios, a pretend Trip to the North Pole, Yorkshire Pudding, five Compliments, 11 Bonus Points and a Coupon Good for one Christmas Miracle. Congratulations, everyone, and thanks for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Kindof a trick question, are these 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, December 20th, 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 triumph of winning are oh-so-real.

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

Hello Nature Lovers, and happy Friday!

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

Oh, October. How we love you so! You, with your hot air balloons, and witch’s brooms. Your fading colors and bursts of green chile. Your morning calm, and afternoon fire.

October in Albuquerque is a magical time.

Today on our Ask the Experts panel, we have an October-themed question for our panelists.

After the panel, we’ll have an answer to last week’s plant puzzler, as well as a new one for you.

Let’s get our Friday Fun started 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.

As promised, here’s our October-themed question:

Q. October tends to rev up a busy fall season. Here in Albuquerque, there’s lots to do, including the International Balloon Fiesta, followed by Halloween and Dias de Los Muertos. Do you have any tips for readers on how to thrive during fall fun times and/or would you like to share with them some of the cool stuff you’re going to do?

We’ll start with Expert Andy, and work our way through the rest of the panel:

A. Ah, the Fall.  It represents great times through falling temperatures here in Phoenix and the hopes of a killer snow season at your favorite mountain(s).  I love the Fall, and always have.  Whether its the leaves you dig or the awesome weather, it is a good time of year, capped off by Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year.  Whatever your addictive Fall poison, I will point you to the riches of the varieties of Fall beer season with pumpkin.  Blue Moon makes a pretty good one by the way, but I often opt for a real hearty German wheat beer of some type in honor of the 2nd greatest party in the world, Oktoberfest in Munich.  If you’ve never been to that, and you like beer, it is clearly a bucket-list event.

So, I guess what I’m saying in summary is: Drink pumpkin flavored wheat beer and make plans to go to Oktoberfest, which is now over as of this weekend.  Even if you missed it the activity is abuzz the last weekend of Sept. and the first weekend of October every single year.  And do it in Munich.  Once you’ve done that, your community involvement will go up making your local Oktoberfest on some lame town square near you more awesome in future years.  Hell, you may even get yourself some lederhosen, which I’ve yet to buy but always threaten to.  One of these days I’m going to not only have lederhosen, but attend as many Oktoberfests as I can in 1 Fall.  That is a goal I can aspire to!

A. First of all, dress in layers. It gets cold quickly in the evenings.

Now that I’m done channeling my mother, I cannot suggest anything more exciting than what Liza has mentioned in her question. The balloons are awesome, and Halloween/Day of the Dead is fun for all ages. I am a boring, boring man: my idea of fun, all year around, is reading, watching TV and drinking Irish whiskey. If those 3 things were ever combined into an Olympic sport, I would be the Michael Phelps of this new triathlon.

A. Between summer’s heat and the winds of winter, we get Albuquerque autumn. Balloons and football. Green chile stew and pumpkin pie. Election ads giving way to Christmas commercials. I’m going to find an aspen and sit under golden leaves.

A. HEAR YE!  HEAR YE! ALL YE ALBUQUERQUEINS!  DON’T MISS THE GREATEST, MOST UNIQUE SHOW ON EARTH THAT IS PLAYING OUT VIRTUALLY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

“THE BALLOON FESTIVAL”

I went every year I lived there and it was magic time.  Oh the mysterious and awesome experience of rising before light to be a part of the “Dawn Patrol”, viewing all the different shapes of beauty, comedy and “How in the world did they create that and make it fly!”  Love those “Bees”.  One of my great memories is the year I had the privilege of crewing with my friends the Holley’s.  Jim & Nancy were skilled balloonists that had taken part in this special event for many, many years. Their dedicated friends flew in from all over the country each year, just for the opportunity to be a part of their crew.  There is no other location in the world that has the perfect “box” for ballooning.  Do yourself a favor –build a special memory, that will be one of the thrills of your lifetime!!!

A. Harvest some beans, make tomato sauce, dig up some onions and garlic, dry some corn, roast green chile and dry some for my green chile chips, shake out the sunflowers seeds, water the kale, broccoli, cabbage, dig up and compost the remainder of the garden.

Go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, hoot, holler and cheer on the balloons,

Drive up to the high county to uh and aww the beautiful fall colors and breath the pure mountain air

Sit by a campfire on a dark cool fall night, stare at the flames and contemplate a world free of greed, hatred, ignorance and _________, tell each other our dreams, hopes, ideas and then brag, lie about what a great hunter we are, blame the nothing we got hunting, on the gun, scope, dogs, wind, trees, sun, birds, bugs other idiot hunters but not us

Look up at the most excellent beautiful night sky and see to the end and beginning of time and say I’d like to go there

As we rock ourself to sleep sit back count your blessings, your friends your families that love us for without them we would be lost,

Give a Smile to the next person you meet, remember you have more

I loved all those answers! All you Experts know how to rock it out. Thanks so much for being here!

Readers, you heard them, now get out there and enjoy October!

Experts, I’d like show my gratitude for you being here by awarding each of you the following prizes: One Balloon Fiesta, four maple-cream donuts, a bouquet of fall flowers, hot air, 14 bragging rights, two bowls of lopsided pasta, a toast to your awesomeness, six more minutes, beer, an October state of mind, and pumpkin milkshakes.

Congratulations, and thanks for being here!

That does it for our Experts panel. The Experts will return in exactly one week. They hope to see you back here.

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

???Real or Fake???

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Charlie Hebert wrote, “Ha. Got my Mojo back! Thank you for the Pretzels!
Let’s say Real this week, altho that shine tells me otherwise..”

mr_subjunctive from Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “Funny: I was going to say real because of the shine.”

Joseph Brenner wrote, “My thought, as well. I have yet to find anyone who bothers shining the leaves of a plastic plant.”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Real!

Reminds me, I have to grow a couple of those to sell – I hope they turn out as pretty!”

Dave wrote, “Real but with leaf-shine.”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Real. Pothos. Named after a greek demi-god… actually one of Eros’s (aka cupids) brothers. The name traslates as desire, but is more like lust. Don’t know why I know these things… maybe I should up my meds.”

Mary wrote, “Little too much shine on that…..Fake.”

That’s six votes real, one vote fake. So what’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a wider view:

Real! The reason the leaf is so shiny is because it’s a brand new leaf. New leaves are always brilliant and vibrant, unlike the dull colors of a fake plant.

A lot of people recommend leaf shine products for older leaves, but I don’t recommend any shines – I think they are unnecessary. You can shine up older leaves by wiping them with a dry cloth, or a damp cloth for leaves that may have gotten grease on them. Why spend money when you don’t need to?

Good job everyone! Charlie, you were first with the correct answer, so you’re the best answerer. Back on top, indeed! You’ve earned the title of “Charlie Hebert the Swift, Swifter, Swiftest and Prettiest” for the week. Congratulations! You may multiply all the prizes by four blueberry scones.

I’d like to thank all of you for playing, so I’m awarding each of you the following prizes: An International Fiesta in Your Honor, five pinky fingers, an A+, a tray of fish sticks, a bubbly baby rabbit, two scoops of hot air, one high five, four blessings, a gimme, and one voucher good for 20% off a nap. Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler for you:

???Real or Fake???

Is this flower real or fake?

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 11th, 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 manana, hope to see you here.

Hello pieintheskyers! Happy Friday!

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

Woohoo, it’s Friday! We’ve made it to the end of another week. Now we get to play.

Every Friday, I gather my Panel of Experts and pitch them a question. It’s usually about plants, but not always. How they answer is anyone’s guess – they’re a bunch of charmers, those Experts.

After the Panel, I’ll reveal the answer to last week’s puzzler, in which I asked if these chiles were real or fake:

I’ll let you know who won imaginary prizes. I’ll also have a new puzzler for you after the Panel.

Let’s say hello to the Experts, shall we? Hello Experts!

 

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You guys are so sunflowery! From left to right, that’s Andy, Thack, EZ, Dottie and Lewis. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

Let’s get to this week’s question, which is:

Q. If plants ruled the world, who would be king?

Expert Andy Williams, the question goes to you, first, fine sir:

A. The king of the plant world would be the saguaro cactus.  It is a glorious wonder reaching high toward the sky to heights of up to 70 feet.  They grow arms eventually, after about 75 years, and can live to be 150 years old.  They are glorious when they bloom in yellow or white, typically in the Spring just prior to another brutal summer season.  The saguaro bloom is the official flower of Arizona, my transplanted home for the past 24+ years.  Saguaros store rainwater, as rare as it is in the Sonoran Desert.  The saguaro is such a cool cactus and you need to venture south of Phoenix toward the unsecured and controversial border to find them in abundance.  And if and and when you do, please take the time to pull off the road and bask in their glory.  I think they enjoy the attention they get and the respect that they deserve.  The arms often take such imaginative shapes and each is unique.  Here’s a sample picture for our loyal readers around the globe.

I dare any other plant in the plant kingdom to wrestle with this imposing specimen.

Dang. That’s a great answer, Andy. And you provided a cool visual! I may swoon!

You’ve only been on the Panel for a minute, yet you’ve already racked up some impressive wins. This week is no exception, another W for your Win column.

Nicely played! Thanks so much for being here. I’ll have pretend prizes for you and everyone else at the end of the panel.

Expert Tim Thackaberry, the question goes to you next. Whaddaya say, Thack?

Q. If plants ruled the world, who would be king?

A. English Ivy would be supreme ruler, though I guess I’m inclined to think of it as female. So we would have a Plant Queen which, let’s face it, is probably better for all of us. Patriarchal societies have run their course, so I for one welcome my new Plant Mistress!

English Ivy because they’re used to ridiculous ideas like kings & queens, the rest of us can’t wrap our head around 15th century anachronisms like royalty. American Ivy would rapidly degenerate into a non-functioning democracy (social commentary!), and any other kind of Ivy would turn into a dictatorship. The English Constitutional Plant Monarchy seems like the best compromise.

Well you can’t beat logic like that, Thack. You had me at Plant Mistress.

You’re a pro at these Friday posts, so of course that’s another win for you this week. Thanks for making us laugh, funny man! And congrats!

Expert EZ Ed Johnson, here’s the question to you, fine sir:

Q. If plants ruled the world, who would be king?

A. A nuclear plant. Wait, this is not that kind of site. Maybe hemlock? That would be the most dangerous. Maybe Ginseng? I understand it cures everything. No, I think I’ll go with the majestic aspen, white with flecks of black, leaves of green, then gold. Very regal.

Hahaha, a nuclear plant. That’s awesome, EZ. And I agree with your choice of Aspen – regal, indeed! I sure do love them in the fall.

That’s for sure a correct answer! Well played once again this week, EZ. Thanks so much for being here!

Expert Dottie is usually up next, but everyone’s favorite octogenerian is unavailable this week. Booooooo, hisssssssss! Dottie, we hope you heal well, and we look forward to hearing from you in the future. We also hope you had a great birthday week!

Let’s admire her adorableness: 

And move on to the venerable Expert Lewis.

Lewis, here’s your question:

Q. If plants ruled the world, who would be king?

A. In a perfect world of shady trees, cold sweet watermelon, frosty beers, spectacular sunrises, beautiful sunsets, gentle rains, full moons rising, a baby smiles, childrens hugs, families close, bread broken, faithful dog resting its head in your lap, tears for loved ones gone before, pride in a soldier son, proud of a warrior daughter, graced in a daughters love, a laugh shared of long past foolery, life long love of a soul mate, dreams to be and not

Alas life is short, give thanks for every day is precious and numbered, Saturday August 18, 2012 my beloved cousin Joey died and I cried but he was a part of my life and I was blessed
Goodby Joey, walk the wonders that lay beyond, we’ll see you sometime (hopefully there)
When our paths last crossed Joey said “Thanks Lou”
I kissed his forehead ” Love you cuz”

Oh Lewis, I’m sorry about your cousin. You’ve written about him before, he was obviously very important to you. What a shame.

I’m calling that a correct answer, despite the sad event, because I like your message of hope to everyone still living on Earth. Good job, and thanks so much for sharing that with us.

All my Panelists are Winners. On this site and in life! Excellent work, everyone. You fellas rocked it out.

For playing this week, I’d like you each to have the following prizes: 12 sunbeams, chamomile tea, 14 bonus points, four dog kisses, a tray of chicken tenders, two seismic moments, one herculean quality, five gold stars, one Morning Glory salutation, a handful of syrup and one pretend donkeykong. Congratulations!

I’d also like to award each of you the following epithet to use for the weekend: The Triumphant, Balanced, Most Variegated, Easily Wonderful, Intelligentest, Bestest Expert in the Known Universe. So for example, EZ, if you’re watching football this weekend and meet someone new, you should introduce yourself as EZ Ed Johnson The Triumphant, Balanced, Most Variegated, Easily Wonderful, Intelligentest, Bestest Expert in the Known Universe. That’s a great way to get a friendship started on the right foot!

Congratulations to all of you, and thanks so much for being here!

The Experts will return in exactly One Week. They hope to see you back here.

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

???Real or Fake???

Last Friday, I asked if these chiles were real or fake:

Let’s see how you answered:

Reigning champion Charlie Hebert wrote, “WoW! I’ll try to fit all that on a Tshirt! Thanks!
Hmmm.. Would anybody seriously have a reason to produce Fake chiles?
How about Real.. and the risk of learning something..”

Steph from Indianapolis wrote, “REAL fo sho! Love how they grow “up”. Makes me giggle.”

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Real!”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Definitely real. Ornamental peppers are great plants… and if you start the seeds in August, they’ll be up, bearing and in their prime in December to give as Christmas presents.”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “Hahaha…I love the epithet! I’m sure people will look at me funny when I introduce myself that way, but what the heck, it’ll be fun.

I’ll vote real for this week’s puzzler.”

Mary wrote, “Real!”

That’s six real, zero votes. What’s the correct answer? Maybe a wider view will be telling:

I’m not sure why anyone would make fake chile plants, but I’m sure they are out there. These, however, are real! And so pretty! Just in time for fall at your local nursery.

Well played, everyone! And great idea, Claude, about using them for Christmas gifts. I hope you all race out and start your seeds now!

Charlie, you were first with the correct answer again this week! Congratulations! The first answerer is the best answerer, so you’ve earned the title of Soonest, Primest, Numero Uno, Gold-Plated, Most Honorable and Speedy Overall Grand Champion of All Houseplant Blogs on Our Planet. Good job! You may multiply all the prizes by three pork chops!

Everyone’s a winner this week. For playing, I’d like you each to have the following prizes. Four hummingbird whispers, an imaginary trip for 12 to beautiful Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Colts vs Packers game on October 7th, tacos, an A+, 13 bragging rights, two still shots, one red-headed whirlybird, a combo, and six blessings.

Congrats, and thanks for playing!

Up next, some new puzzler action for you:

???Real or Fake???

Is this plant real or fake?

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 30th, 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 manana, hope to see you here.

Hello superstars (ooh la la, that’s what you are), and happy Friday!

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

[Insert drumroll here.]

They’rrrrre baaaaaack!

(From left to right, that’s Tina, Thack, EZ, Dottie and Lewis. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.)

It’s Friday. It’s August. It’s steamy.

Everyone’s beloved Experts are back.

Most of them anyway.

While the Experts were on their July hiatus, I found out that one of the esteemed Experts would not be coming back in August.

Boo!

Due to work-related reasons, Expert Tina Quintana will no longer be joining us on Fridays.

Double boo!

Let’s take a look at her adorable sunflowerness:

Tina, I would like to thank you for your Expert services here on Fridays. More importantly, I’d like to thank you for all your years of friendship. We’ve had each other’s backs for a long time, and I hope that never changes. You’ve been a stellar colleague, and I respect and admire the work you do.

You will be missed. A lot.

By all of us.

We wish you nothing but the best in your new endeavors.

As sad as I am to see you go, it comforts me that He Who Takes Your Place is a dear, dear friend.

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce our newest Expert, the venerable Mr. Andy Williams. Here he is in his sunflowery glory:

Pretty darn cute, Andy!

Andy and I are from the same small Indiana town, I figure I’ve known him since I was 13 or 14. He is an exceptional human being. Compassionate. Intelligent. Kind. Motivated. Funny. Patriotic. Accomplished. Warm. Good hearted.

No one else even came to mind when I thought about who the replacement Expert would be. Andy popped into my head and it was all over.

My worry was that he would be too busy traveling around the globe to make appearances here, and he may be at times, but he’s agreed to try. And for that I thank him. I’m very grateful he’s on board, and I’m delighted to introduce him to my readers.

So, let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

Because of the July hiatus, I decided to ask my Experts the following question:

Q. Please tell us about your August state of mind.

Expert Andy, here’s your platform:

A. Hello everyone, hello world!  I’m vying for 1/100th of the competence that Expert Tina added to this panel.  If I hit that, my goal will be accomplished.  Plus, she’s so much prettier in a sunflower suit than I am.  I can’t stomach the thought each week of bees landing on my face and “pollinating” it.  So, to participate on this panel I’m going to have to envision a world without bees, but with all of the good things that they do being accomplished by something more peaceful.
Anyhow, back to the question this week.
My August state of mind is that of tiredness and hope.  I’m damn tired and cranky after 60 days of summer hell in Phoenix already with only about 45 more to go.  The hope, then, is that 45 days will be accurate and that this relentless heat will be suppressed by some predictable state of the earth headed back toward its other axis.  Still spinning, I trust.  I also find that August is probably the month that people are most cranky like me.  Kids heading back to school, parents getting them ready, hot, humid weather, your team out of the baseball playoff picture.  I mean, there’s a lot to be cranky about.  Besides that, there is only 1 more holiday until Thanksgiving, and that’s Labor Day.  But August also brings the reality, not hope, that NFL football camps have started.  And that is a good thing!  Which makes me look forward to cooler temperatures, football jerseys, Sunday’s wasted in front of a large TV, and my smoker sitting outside wafting its work into my back screen door.  But to cap it off, I made a list of hopes:
*I hope that Andrew Luck has a record rookie season for TD/Int ratio, with TDs > 20.
*I hope the Colts play some defense……finally.
*I hope the referees call holding on ALL of the misfits trying to block Dwight Freeney!  For once!!!
*I hope the Colts make the playoffs.
*I hope for politicians to pull their head of their collective asses and do things that are right for America, and not for themselves.  The simplest concept unexecuted each year in America, I find.
*I hope terrorists get vaporized and that more peace is at hand.
*I hope the Diamondbacks make the playoffs and pass the Giants and Dodgers in Aug.
*I hope I will find a new favorite beer.
*I hope I get to see Liza, Mary, and Landy in NM.
*I hope the “Dream Team” crushes its opponents by 30 points/game on average.
*I hope that my parents and family find excellent health and happiness to prepare them for Fall and Winter.
Adios Amigos!

Well that’s certainly a nice way to score a giant W in your win column. Right off the bat, folks. Andy, you killed your debut performance. I hope your wishes come true, too!

No suspense there, of course I was going to call his debut a win because I’m so happy to have him here. Great job, Andy! Welcome!

I’ll have loads of imaginary prizes for you and all the Experts at the end of the panel.

Let’s move on now to Expert Tim Thackaberry, also a great friend and super Expert. Thack, here’s the question to you:

Q. Please tell us about your August state of mind.

A.First of all, it’s great to be back. Thank you, Liza, for bringing back this learned panel o’ experts!

My August state of mind, eh? Probably the same as my usual state of mind: awaiting another chronic impending disaster, searching for the dark cloud in every silver lining, looking gift horses in the mouth, filled with pessimism and massive existential despair. Staggering under the weight of the stark, unyielding truth of the human condition, alone in a universe without pity.
 
Nah, I’m doing great. My daughter is a marvel, work is good, and the sun is shining. It’s a great month to be alive!

That’s awesome, Thack. You’re welcome, I’m glad you could come back with us, it’s always a pleasure.

Thank you for making us laugh. I’m gonna call that an easy win for you this week. Congratulations!

Expert EZ Ed Johnson, welcome back, fine sir. You’re up next in the lineup:

Q. Please tell us about your August state of mind.

A. It’s been the same since I was a boy — with a shades of truth shifting slightly with age. I look forward to the fall, to the cooling of nights, to football and the World Series, to shorter days and sunsets. Yet, I have a part of me that does not want to let go of summer, days of lesser responsibility and high suns. Warmth slipping away.

I’m right there with ya, EZ. I love summertime, but fall is exciting, I’m looking so forward to it.

Well played, that’s another correct answer for you. Congrats, and thanks for being here!

Everyone’s favorite octogenerian, the lovely and talented Dottie Correll, graces us with her presence again this week. Expert Dottie, here’s the question to you:

Q. Please tell us about your August state of mind.

A.  AUGUST :  Indeed is starting in a most “au—gust” way! Besides having a shattered left humorous and being the month of my natal celebration, I received an email that blew me away!   One of my most favorite persons in the whole world –my most adored Songster, balladster and “music-man” sent little ol’ me, a many paragraphed, touching message.  After all these years, — what joy! What rapture!   Whoa, wait a minute, I just Read paragraph 3 — there is more than one? Another charmer with the same name?   Is this possible?  YES, DOROTHY, THERE IS ANOTHER —“ANDY WILLIAMS”!

Oh my! Well, Welcome aboard, “Hoosier Andy Williams”!   You have a delightful way of “coining a phrase” – you have a lot to live up too and I do hope you enjoy “living it up” with, we humble Friday Bloggers!                                                 

Hahahaha, oh Dottie, how I love you so. You and the new Andy are gonna get along famously, I can tell. I’m sorry he’s not the other Andy Williams, but I trust you’ll find he’s equally as entertaining.

Another easy W for you, sweet lady. Excellent work! Thanks so much for being here, arm sling and all.

Let’s move on to Expert Lewis Casey, always a joy on this panel. Expert Lewis, what say you?

Q. Please tell us about your August state of mind.

A. My garden grows, I still draw a breath, the sun shines, the rains fall (but oh so little rain, Please God may we have another) I’m still employed and hope to continue be, the world is not quite on fire as it was in June,
Unfortunately Madmen, insanity and evil still reach out to touch our lives, lies and untruths fill the airways with much more await us til the moment of truth in Nov.
 But all is not lost, Women tumble and fly, Men run, swim and reach for the sky in hopes for gold, pride of county and self rule the day and the human race shines and pats its self on the back for a job well done, babies still suckle at their mothers breast and rest in contentment, children laugh and play just for the joy of being a child, lovers walk hand in hand, elders sit and chat in enjoyment and the pleasure of another s’ company, the moon shines full in its dance of wax and wan, Families still gather to honor their own for another year of life, love and for smiles which can rule the day and a frown darken it,
My garden grow, I still draw a breath, and a smile graces my face as I greet the world here take this one I have more.
Welcome Andy, Heal and Be Well Dottie, Good by Tina

Ah, I’ve missed you and your unique language, Lewis. I could listen to you talk all day. Welcome back.

We’ll chalk that up as yet another win for the impressive Expert Lewis. Congrats, and well done!

What a panel! What amazing Experts! Thank you all for being here, I really appreciate it!

For playing this week, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: 10,000 extra credit points, watermelon, a pretend picnic getaway, four tambourines, one standing ovation, a bejeweled hedgehog, three salutes, and an A+.

In addition to your prizes, I’d also like to award each of you the following epithet to use for the weekend: The Most Plantastic Expert in Life, Morality and Compassion in the Known Universe and Three-Quarters of the Way Into the Unknown Universe, Too. So for example, Andy, if you’re at a Diamondbacks game this weekend and you want to introduce yourself to some people sitting nearby, you should say, “Hi, I’m Andy Williams The Most Plantastic Expert in Life, Morality and Compassion in the Known Universe and Three-Quarters of the Way Into the Unknown Universe, Too.” I’m sure they’ll think that’s totally awesome.

That does it for this week’s panel of Experts. The Experts will return in exactly one week.

Let’s move on to last week’s puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, cheerful blogger Ivynettle of Letters and Leaves, submitted the following puzzler, in which she asked if this Echeveria was real or fake:

Let’s see how you answered:

Steph from Indianapolis wrote, “Aww! so cute and real.”

Charlie Hebert from Misty Fields wrote, “Hmmm.. at the risk of losing my Cinnamon Rolls, I’m gonna go with REAL this week.. and only because of the minor scarring and the planting medium.”

Ivynettle, Greatest Queen Submitter of Puzzlers in All the Land, wrote, “Well, booh, that means I can’t play this week! ;-)

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “I’m going to go with real. Very pretty, too.”

Tom, now from the Midwestern Jungle, formerly of Theatrum Botanicum, wrote “Real!”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “yeah its real.”

Alissa Harper from Wonderland wrote, “Awww, real.”

Terrence from Dynamic Gardening wrote, “This succulent plant looks very happy and very real.”

That’s unanimous! Seven votes real, zero votes fake.

So what’s the correct answer? Maybe this wider shot will shed some light on that:

You guys are super smart – it’s real! And very pretty! Fake plants are never that gorgeous.

Good job to all of you – you’re all winners!

Steph, who I’ve known about as long or longer than I’ve known Andy, and an Expert in her own right, you’re first with the correct answer, which makes you the Bestest, Dreamiest, Firstest, Premierest, Grand Champion of the Houseplant Blog World. Congrats! You may multiply all the prizes by three popsicles.

For playing this week, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: Hopscotch, two lickety splits, 14 bragging rights, a coupon good for one voucher, delicious granola, an imaginary tent, four small fries, an echo and a woowoo. Congratulations! Thanks so much for playing!

Up now, a new puzzler for you.

???Real or Fake???

Also submitted by Ivy, she wants to know if this carnation is real or fake:

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight next Thursday, August 9th, 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.

Hello meepmeepers, and happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site, and thanks for being here. We’re used to Fridays being a little chaotic around here, but throw in a Friday the 13th and watch out! Anything could happen!

Before we get to the mayhem, let’s start by saying hi to our devoted (and unpaid) Experts. Hi Experts!

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

They’re adorable, right? If you’re visiting this site for the first time in search of actual Expert advice, this journey may be disappointing for you. These are more like Experts in life. Or more specifically, good friends of mine that I begged to help me with this silly project. Tina Quintana is an actual Expert on plants, and we’ve worked together and have been friends for over a decade. Tim Thackaberry, resident funnyman, and EZ Ed Johnson, resident poet, are both long, long time friends of mine, too. The charming Dottie Correll and safety titan Lewis Casey are fellow American Red Cross volunteers and dear friends.

They come back to my blog with enthusiasm and fun whenever Friday they can, and for that I hope you all raise a hand and salute them. I hope they know how much I appreciate them. Especially after I throw ridiculous questions at them like this one:

Q. Let’s say all hell breaks loose because today is Friday the 13th. What plant(s) will live to see Saturday the 14th?

Tina, you know the drill. You’re up first:

A. who cares!!!! lol JK ummmmm well maybe the yucca plant would since I would not want to tackle one!

To be fair, I think the Doomsday Preppers care about the question! Haha, I know you were just kidding. Personally, I agree with you – a Yucca is a formidable opponent! Dang, those edges are sharp!

Another easy win for you this week, Q-gal! You can collect your pretend prizes at the end of the panel.

A quick side note to the Doomsday Preppers: Your evenualities seem to arrive at life on another planet, so you may want to start designing innovative greenhouses so you can grow your own food. Or maybe do that on Earth first. Just sayin’.

Expert Thack, here’s the question to you. Go!

Q. Let’s say all hell breaks loose because today is Friday the 13th. What plant(s) will live to see Saturday the 14th?

A. If all hell breaks loose on Friday the 13th, I picture a desolate, post-apocalyptic hellscape lined with cacti. One cactus after the other, as far as the eye can see, with hordes of zombies amongst them, falling into them periodically in an endless series of macabre sight gags.

Basically, Mad Max meets The Three Stooges…with cacti.

First of all, that’s a funny answer, Tim. And I like it even more because I think nearly everyone has at least one friend or family member who has fallen into a cactus while drunk on vacation. “Hey remember that time when Aunt Gladys fell into the cholla cactus in Cancun after drinking that tequila? Hahahaha, she was pulling thorns out of her butt for a week. Man, those were good times.” And by good times, we mean horrifying. Stay away from the thorns, people, stay away!

That’s definitely a correct answer for you again this week, witty one. Well done!

EZ Ed Johnson, we’re moving on to you next. What say you?

Q. Let’s say all hell breaks loose because today is Friday the 13th. What plant(s) will live to see Saturday the 14th?

A. I believe the aloe plant would not only survive, but then offer
its healing properties to all survivors.

Ohmigosh, I feel that way about my Aloe plant, Sam. Like if he was called to duty, he’d be like “yes, sir, salve here, ready and available.” I like the way you think, EZ.

Of course, that’s another W in your win column. Congrats, and thanks again for being here.

Ok, now I want to talk to you regular readers. First, Dottie is doing great but she’s unavailable this week. She gave me permission to tell you that she had shoulder surgery recently. I figured you knew because I’ve been calling her the one-armed bandit, any posts she’s submitted in the last couple of months have been typed one-handed. When you’re in your mid-80s, recovery is slow. I know that if she was healed, Dottie would be here. That’s the kind of woman she is, and that’s why she is your favorite.

I want her to know we miss her as much as she misses us, so please leave some love for her in the comment section or on my facebook wall.

For now, let’s admire how cute she is:

And move on to Expert Lewis. Lewis, fine sir, here’s the question to you:

Q. Let’s say all hell breaks loose because today is Friday the 13th. What plant(s) will live to see Saturday the 14th?

A.
Liza,
Friday the 13 holds no sway for me I lived at 313 Tenth St. in Las Vegas NM, I lived at 1313 Wilmoore Dr. here in ABQ and now live at 841 Palomas SE which adds up to 13 so like I said 13’s have always been good for me.

Now let me tell you a little tale that just so happened on the 13 day of Nov 2011.

Help For A Unlikely Soul
Many a times when I jump into a vehicle to take a trip down the road
I pause a moment to think do I have everything I need
Important papers and license, money, credit card
clothing and coats, food & water, my survival gear and first aid kit
is the car ready and am I ready
Lastly I ask God to watch over my dumb ass.
Please bless this fool with safe travels
coming and going
On a recent jaunt to the eastern New Mexico City of Clovis driving a company vehicle
restricted to company employees only
I passed briefly over to the other side of reality

I have never been one to follow the written order or travel the beaten path
the map showed a short cut across a large area sorta head in the direction I wanted to go
Headed down this old little used rutted, broken and worn road I was excited for I had never been this way before
The sun sinking fast, the cold coming on, the road giving little comfort  but many bump and bangs in the cracks and pot hole aplenty
Few other truck I had seen and vast space and dark sky between the sparse houses and lone ranch long way across this beautiful
and barren land

Now long, far and gone I started to question my sanity and choice of this forsaken path
OK dipstick if you are lost now just wait till it get really dark, the fun will really start


Will I ask me, myself and I what should we do, go back 30 or so miles to I-40 or go on
Why I do what any true blue moronic guy would do, I floor it and go faster,
so what if the road is lousy, dark, poorly signed, curvy and maybe there is a cow or two loose on the roadway
not to worry

Tearing down the road at 85 I’m getting to nowhere fast,

watching for cows and coyotes and checking out the beautiful dark star studded sky
I’m on top of the world
and almost didn’t see the grizzly bear stand by the side of the road paws held up in prayer
What the hell was that we asked
I think it was a grizzly bear with a backpack
says I
or a poor lost soul out here in the middle of nowhere
miles and miles from anywhere
Left foot starts to holler at right foot as it lets up off the gas,
“What are you doing, you’re not really going to stop for that beast are you, protest left foot
What if he’s crazy or a axe murder’
“I didn’t see no axe  says right foot, We can’t leave that poor sap out here he’ll die or something.”
Besides he / it had it’s hands / paws held up praying for a miracle and that must be us.”
Left foot is still screaming “OK maybe he / ‘it didn’t have a axe but he could have big fricking knife
to cut off your dumb ass head.
Shut up left, everyone says, We are going back it is the right thing to do, he die out there if we don’t
Everyone on your best behavior and left foot don’t be rude, but everyone be alert and aware there are lots of crazies out there
A quick rearrangement of the front seat and stuff tossed into the back

Carefully I back up a ways cause flying at 85 you go a long ways and I don’t want to run over the poor bastard as I’m trying to save him / it.
Suddenly the side door opens and there stands a grizzly bear, it pokes its head in and says “Thank you man, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
I thought I was going to die out here.”

Is left foot right is grizzly bear a axe murder or just a lost soul
come again and you will learn of a Unlikely soul

Hey kids, that’s called foreshadowing. Lewis gave a clue that there is a second part to his story – see how he did that? That’s awesome, because it builds anticipation. Thanks Lewis, for stirring up some buzz amongst our readers – nicely played!

So of course I have to call that a win again this week. Knocked it out of the park, Mr. Casey! I could listen to your stories all day long. Readers, are you with me on that?

Wins all around for this Friday the 13th – good job everyone! It was great to have you here.

Since you don’t get paid for being here, the least I can do is dole out imaginary prizes. So for playing this week, I’d like each of you to have bejeweled jazz hands, a throng of adoring fans, an invisibility cloak to protect against werewolves, a safe Saturday the 14th, 13 fang-shaped bragging rights and free crackers. Congratulations, and thanks again for being here!

That does it for this week’s Experts panel. My Experts will return in exactly one week, and will request your presence here. They say thanks in advance.

Up next, last week’s puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

(Nothing but the best graphics for us on this site, woohoo, mighty fine.)

Last week, I posted the following photo from mr_subjunctive of Plants Are the Strangest People, who asked, is it real or fake?

Let’s see how you answered:

Super awesome Steph from Indianapolis wrote, “Real. If not I still like it.”

The very wise Tom from Theatrum Botanicum wrote, “I’ll say real”

Austrian rock star Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “A third vote for real.”

Canadian megastar Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “I’m voting real.”

That’s four votes real, zero votes fake. Hmmm. You guys are pretty darn smart.

We’ll see how well you did after we see how the facebookers answered:

Femme fatale Jessy James wrote, “Real! :)”

Guitar hero David Baas wrote, “I gotta say real.”

Dean’s list hero Michael Plunkett wrote, “real!!”

Beautiful girl Ashley Kruger Bell wrote, “Real!”

Actual plant Expert, our very own Tina Quintana wrote, ” due to the fact its totally in a nursery I would say REAL!”

Hoosier All-Star Thomas Meyers wrote, “REAL”

Wow. That’s unanimous for real. I expected more reasons why you voted the way you voted. Like, I felt it in my gut, or it’s too pretty to be fake. Tina’s the only one who gave any justification. I think that’s the first time that’s ever happened on these puzzlers.

Anyway.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s let mr_subjunctive answer that. Here’s what he said in an email to me:

I thought this might make a good (i.e., potentially tricky) real/fake question because the leaves are so large and (relatively) unblemished that they look fake, though it is in fact a real plant.

There you have it from the master himself. Real. I can’t believe no one was tricked! Good try anyway, mr_s., and thanks for sharing your photo.

Thanks everyone for playing. Steph, you were first with a correct guess, so this week you are the premier sweeping champion blue-ribbon illustrious plant blog dominatress world class winner of the universe and so much more. For the next week. Today, you can multiply all the prizes by two scintillating conversations. Congrats – well played, Steph!

For the rest of you winners, this week I’d like you each to have one free pardon, a woven clove of garlic to ward off moon howlers, four matching accessories, 13 extra credit points, a pretend fedora, twin dinosaur babies, a knuckle bump and a hug. Congratulations to you all, and thank you for playing.

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this Palm tree real or fake:

Aha! The photo’s not that good – that’s me being sneaky and trying to trick you!

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight next Thursday, April 19th, 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 manana, hope to see you here.

Hello carrots, and happy Friday!

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

Friday is our goofin’ off day. The day I gather my so-called panel of Experts (really, they’re just my friends) and ask ’em sumpin. They’re a bunch of characters, so I never know how they may answer. It’s good times.

Today I’ll also reveal the answer to last week’s puzzler, in which I asked if this Aeonium was real or fake:

That’s coming up after the panel. There will also be a new puzzler today.

Let’s get the festivities started by greeting our panel of Experts. Hi ya’ll!

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You guys are super cute! From left to right, that’s Tina, Thack, EZ, Dottie and Lewis. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

Ok, this week’s question is pretty silly, but it makes me happy. Here it is:

Q. If plants could speak English, what do you think they would say to you?

Expert Tina Quintana, you’re up first as usual:

A. They would say please don’t forget to water me on a regular basis……And give me lots of tlc too…. Just because I can’t scream at you for water when I am dying of thirst does not mean I don’t need it! You only pay attention to me when I’m all withered up and turning brown , that’s if you even pay attention. Then you ask what happened to my plant when the next week (I) the plant looks like crap and most of my leaves fell off due to the neglect YOU yourself put on me!

Ouch. I didn’t expect such a tongue lashing! You must know some angry plants, Tina.

I’m teasing. You’re actually right – if your houseplants don’t look good, it’s your fault. They’re 100% dependent on your care, they cannot water themselves. So yes, Tina, I’m calling that a correct answer this week. Good job!

You can collect your imaginary prizes at the end of the panel.

Expert Tim Thackaberry, here’s the question to you:

Q. If plants could speak English, what do you think they would say to you?

A. First, I imagine they would very politely ask me how I’m doing. Next, they would gently remind me to water them every now and again because we live, you know, in a desert. Then they would chide me (again, gently) about my smoking habit, reminding me that it impacts them, too. Then I imagine they’d thank me for our longstanding, symbiotic relationship, maybe wax eloquent about our interconnectedness vis a vis the whole oxygen/carbon dioxide thing we have going.

They would be unfailingly polite, and perhaps have a slight English accent. I would find the conversation soothing.

English accents can be soothing, I will give you that.

Wow, Thack, your perspective of the houseplants is so much more gentle than Tina’s! Hers was all angry, yours is all polite. I like it. That’s definitely a W in the Win column for you. Congratulations!

Expert EZ Ed Johnson, you’re up next, poetic sir:

Q. If plants could speak English, what do you think they would say to you?

A. Drink the sunshine, share your blossoms and enjoy the earth at your feet.

Aw! That’s so sweet, EZ! That would make a nice motivational poster, a blooming houseplant with those words. Hopefully someone will get on that.

I’m calling that a correct answer again this week, EZ. Nicely played!

Up next is our ever-charming one-hand bandit, the lovely Dottie Correll. Dottie, here’s the question to you, sweet lady:

Q. If plants could speak English, what do you think they would say to you?

A. “Are you friggin kidding me?  You think all that “sweet talk” is going to my roots?  You think because you associate with those brainiacs on the “Good to Grow” blog that their knowledge will “rub off” on you?   Now that your arm is in a sling — and your needless running around and socializing with those two legged, gabby so called human phylum is curtailed, you have the time to concentrate on the real beauties in life, who by the way,  among many other services,  provide sustenance for your fat little body, glorious beauty for your eyes to behold, and fill your olfactory senses with delightful aromas!   Research!  Go to the library!  Read a book!   Take a class!  Visit a greenhouse for goodness sake!  Get with it Sister!”

Oh my, Dottie! I think you’re being too hard on yourself! Your plants are always so happy. I imagine them saying things like, “Boy are we lucky, being cared for by this gentle soul!” and “We’re the awesomest bestest because we live in Dottie’s garden.”

Your shoulder injury must be clouding your judgement! Even so, it’s still a win for you this week. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face!

Expert Lewis Casey, here’s the question to you, fine sir:

Q. If plants could speak English, what do you think they would say to you?

A. Que pasa! Mi amor, el mundo esta muy grande.

Si, si. It’s true. Your garden must be very wise, Lewis. While most people have regular vegetables, yours hold PhD’s in life experience, right? Lucky vegetables.

That’s another correct answer for you this week, Lewis. Good job, and thanks for being here.

Thanks to all my Experts for being here, it’s much appreciated.

For playing this week, I’d like each of you to have an imaginary houseplant that speaks Spanish, a grip of bragging rights, two right angles, four check marks and a pretend Oscar statue.

I’d also like each of you to use the following epithet for the weekend: Oscar Nominated for My Brilliant Performance on a Plant Blog. So Dottie, if you meet some new neighbors, you should introduce yourself as Dottie Correll Oscar Nominated for My Brilliant Performance on a Plant Blog. It’ll impress them for sure.

Thank you again for all of you for indulging me on Fridays. You’re all Oscar winners in my book!

The Experts have a break next Friday, but will return on March 9th. Hope to see you back here.

Let’s now turn to last week’s puzzler.

???Real or Fake???

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “Real!”

Ginny Burton, Optician to the Stars wrote, “Gosh, I hope it’s real because it’s so pretty.”

Becky from Stonewall Garden blog wrote, “This one is beautifully real. I love the way the red edges develop and the leaves round off. Exactly what is great looking plant?”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “The leaves look so plump and wonderfully colourful. I will vote real. And if it is real, I have to say that this plant is absolutely beautiful!”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “REAL.”

Tom from Theatrum Botanicum wrote, “Real! Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ perhaps?”

My Mom (from New Mexico) wrote, “Real real real real.”

Steph from Indianapolis wrote, “haaaaaaaaaaaaaaah (high angelic note) Real.”

Terrence from Dynamic Gardening wrote, “This succulent is in fact real. I like that specific shade of green on the leaves.”

That’s nine votes real, zero votes fake. So what’s the correct answer? Maybe this photo will help you see:

She’s real, alright. Her name is Star and she’s been living in my foyer for over a year. Tom, I don’t know for sure if she’s ‘Kiwi,’ she wasn’t tagged, of course, but that’s a great guess. She seems to be pretty happy.

Before we get to the facebookers, let’s first congratulate Ivy from Letters and Leaves for being first with the correct answer. Good job, girl! That means you’re the overall supreme grand champion of the houseplant blog universe and beyond. Is that the first time you’ve been first? It may be (I don’t keep track), or at least the first in a long time. It’s well-deserved, as I know how much you love houseplants.

For being numero uno, Ivynettle, you may multiply all the prizes by two pounds of warm weather.

Before we get to the prizes, let’s see what those wacky facebookers had to say:

My nephew Samuel Johnson wrote, “i am the first to guess, and hopefully the first to be correct, i say real.”

That’s very astute of you, Sam. You were indeed the first on facebook with the correct answer. Therefore, you may multiply all the prizes by four farmville requests. Juuuuuust kidding, that’s not nice of me. You may multiply all the prizes by Jeff Saturday’s smile. Good job, little man! And thanks for playing.

Also on fb:

Samantha Taylor voted “Real.”

Michelle Napier Snyder voted “Real.”

Martha Ziegler (my gorgeous cousin) voted “Real fake.”

Cindy App voted, “Real.”

Tommy Meyers voted, “Real.”

Stephen Bentley voted, “fakely real….jk, that makes no sense. REAL.”

Liza Wheeler (the one across the pond) voted, “real.”

That prompted George Roman to ask, “Which Liza Wheeler is real?! I say the one with blue jeans and a hand gun.”

To which I answered, ” I think the other Liza Wheeler would insist she’s real, too!”

David Cristiani voted, “real.”

Carol Kiser voted, “real.”

You guys think you’re a bunch of smartyplants, don’t you? Well you must be, because the plant was real. Congratulations to all of you, and thanks for playing. You’re also all Oscar winners in my book!

For playing this week, I’d like to award everyone who played a nod from the Academy, two spring teases, a loop-de-loop, a pretend hoolahoop, and six shout-outs. You may also each adopt the same epithet that the Experts will be using this weekend. Congrats, and again, thank you for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this Plectranthus plant real or fake?

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight next Thursday, March 1st, 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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