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…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


This is a little obtuse, but it goes with the story:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, guess my life change

After today, my Internet access will be a bit limited, so I’m scheduling posts ahead of time for the next few days. If I don’t comment on your comment, you’ll know why. But I hope the guesses keep coming!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Can you guess my life change?

The big dig. This has probably been my favorite garden container, even though I grew flowers in it and not food. I think it’s the color combo that I like the most.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Quirky Albuquerque

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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.