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I don’t think I’m going to regret harvesting the last of the basil and parsley today.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, final herb harvest of 2016

Phoenix is COLD!!!! Like, ridiculously cold even if I am a big baby about the cold now.

I don’t know what my garden will look like come morning, so I’m glad I heard the freeze warning on the radio on my way home from work. Now on to bigger decisions – pesto? Caprese salad?


For those days in between when your farmers’ market flowers have died and your next opportunity to replace them, a nice green bouquet can work wonders to fill the gap:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, green bouquets

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, green bouquets

Plus, they’re rooting, so there’s that bonus as well.

Bouquets feed the soul. No one ever said they had to be flower bouquets.

It feels satisfying to follow a post about a 90-year-old with a post about infants.

Meet my new Filius Blue pepper plant sprouts:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Filius Blue Pepper Plants

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Filius Blue Pepper Plants

I’m excited to see these little guys grow, but don’t tell anyone – they’re going to be Christmas presents in a few months.

I recently got the seeds from my good friend Jenn Daniel. A few years ago, she gave me a tiny plant, which turned into this:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Filius Blue Pepper Plants

Pretty, right?

Don’t let that pretty purple color fool you – those peppers are hot! But if you leave them on the plant long enough to turn bright red, they will be much milder.

It’s a very cool pepper plant. I’m so glad Jenn sent me more seeds so I can share the love! Thanks lady!


A couple of months ago, I carved out an area of the back yard for a flower garden, and planted lots of seeds, mostly different varieties of Zinnias. I carefully planted one little portion with Cosmos seeds only.

I waited a couple weeks, and nada. No sprouts.

So then I pulled out all the seeds I’d collected the last couple of years in Albuquerque – my Penstemon, Agastache, Gaillardia and Hollyhock seeds, and more. I threw them all into the bed together willy nilly.

A couple of weeks later, still nothing. (Except for the Cosmos portion of the bed – lots of encouraging sprouts there.)

Then I decided to pick up a few seed packets – Portulaca, more Zinnias, some wildflower mixes. Planted ’em all with no thought to straight rows or neat little bunches of flowers. I stood over the main portion of the bed and scattered them with wild abandonment like I had beforehand. I felt like the wind. Or a flock of birds.

A couple of weeks later, the Cosmos portion was thriving, but the rest of the bed was disappointing. A handful of sprouts that I could identify as Zinnias, a stray Cosmos sprout or two. But pretty much nothing else.

Then last week, it rained – poured – for nearly two days in a row. I should mention, the bed isn’t on drip irrigation, but I was very good about keeping it moist so the seeds could germinate.

But I had nothing on the rain.

Suddenly, I had dots of green galore. Yay!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flower sprouts galore

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flower sprouts galore

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, flower sprouts galore

My takeaway here isn’t that I should’ve been more diligent about planting in an orderly fashion. It wasn’t that I’m going to need to thin those when they get a little bigger. And it wasn’t that perhaps I should’ve exercised more patience from the beginning.

Nope. None of the above.

My takeaway from this is that I love rain in the desert.

One thing I don’t like about the desert? The spring winds. I thought I’d escaped the ones that hit New Mexico by living in the low valley of Arizona. But I was wrong. A few days after the rain, we had 45-50 mph gusts of wind for a whole weekend.

Which brings me to another first in the garden: First major cleanup of spring.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, backyard cleanup

(I know, this doesn’t look too bad, but it’s only the tiny area by my back door. The entire back yard is littered with leaves and trash. Also, to my amusement, the welcome mat by the front door somehow ended up in the back yard. Not sure if it flew over the apartment or went through a series of turns and flights.)



…it’s DOTTIE!!!!!


She’s feeling better every day. Lucky me got to have lunch with her and her new friends at the rehab center.

I’ll see her again on Thursday, so you should expect more selfies soon!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, succulents rescued from certain death

I was recently at an event where succulents were put in vases and used as centerpieces. I was very hopeful that I’d be able to snag some of them. But I had to wait until the end of the event when the florist returned, so I could ask permission.

Sure enough, the florist told me they would be thrown away. I was ready – I’d already picked out the ones that I wanted, so when I got the greenlight, I scooped them up and brought them home with me. A good score, if you ask me. I couldn’t stand the thought of them getting tossed in the garbage!

Now, now, here, have some flowers to cheer you up:

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

It seems that someone has discovered the local farmers’ market. The market brought a sense of normalcy, which was great.

In other news, felt my first (and hopefully last) earthquake last night. I’m still a little unnerved just thinking about it. It wasn’t very strong, but when you’ve never experienced the ground shaking before, it doesn’t matter how strong or not strong. Although, I should say that I have a new appreciation for anyone who lives in areas that get quakes regularly. I don’t know how they do it – I was in total fear of aftershocks striking at any moment. Quite the helpless feeling. Not at all pleasant.

Have you ever felt an earthquake? How long did the fear stick with you afterward?

My little ragtag backdoor garden:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's new garden

Featured are: A rosemary plant, a Euphorbia milii (the cuttings I brought back from Florida – they’re doing so-so these days, better since they’ve arrived outdoors), a poppy plant, my citrus tree, basil, and a Lantana plant.

The citrus tree has been struggling. She lost a LOT of leaves during the move to Phoenix. Wanh, wanh, wanh.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's new garden

Poor baby!

But she held on to the one fruit she produced before the move. A fruit that I naively believed would turn yellow any day:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Liza's new garden

A fruit that never did turn yellow. Which means it’s a lime, not a lemon. Which means the tree I bought had been mislabeled. I had my suspicions when the fruits from last year didn’t yellow, and of course, tasted like limes. But after that harvest, I forgot all about them.

The tree has actually started to do better, putting out new leaves, now that it’s outdoors. Citrus trees in outdoor Phoenix are a good fit – it should do really well here.

But now I want a lemon tree. And maybe an orange tree, too.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, murals of Phoenix

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About Me

Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

All photos are mine unless otherwise noted. All content is also entirely my hard work. If you'd like to use any content or photos, all you have to do is ask. If you take without asking, you are a thief. And thieves suck. So don't suck. We have a deal? Good.