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Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Morning Glories After the Rain

 

So pretty!

You still have time to guess the current puzzler, in which I asked if this plant was real or fake:

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

I’m referring to the Synadenium plant in the forefront, not the Sanseveria behind it.

You guys are divided on your answers so far, which is weird – you’re usually on the same page. If you’d like to take another look and change your answer, you can. I don’t keep track of your answers, so no harm, no foul. The point of the puzzler is to have fun with it. It’s my belief that real plants are always better than fake ones (it follows that I also believe fake plants are a waste of money).

The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight MST (that’s 2am EST). Leave your best guess in the comments section. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) tomorrow after an all-new Ask the Experts Panel. I hope to see you back here!

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Sooooo, it’s been raining a LOT in New Mexico lately. You might think that’s great news for our drought-ridden state, and it is mostly. But it’s also wreaking havoc – flooding towns, washing away homes, damaging roads, forcing evacuations. In Madrid, NM, the rain washed coal off the mountain down into the businesses and homes below. The Red Cross had to open shelters all over the state. It’s been kind of a mess.

But not for me.

The flowers and vegetables at my house have been loving the rain. (With one exception, which I’ll get to in a minute.)

The rain finally got the Cosmos blooming, for which I’m very grateful. I’d expected prolific blooms in August but there had only been a spattering of them. Now they’re exploding with growth.

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

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

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

Oh, how I love them so! You can expect about fifty billion more photos of them in the coming weeks.

The rain also helped the little Zauschneria ‘California fuchsia’ I planted by the front door get blooming:

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

I love those bright red blooms!

The rain has been helping the new Chayote plant grow:

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

The ones I’d planted earlier in the year are still hanging on but they sure aren’t growing much. So I planted a new one a few weeks back and it’s looking good! I’m hoping that our growing season extends far enough into November to allow for the plant to produce some fruit. It’s a long shot, but a gal can hope.

The flowers that have not been happy with the rain are the Portulaca. Because I was silly enough to plant them in a container with no drainage. Sorry Portulacas!

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Wanh, wanh, wanh. Who knew there would be this much rain??? If it were me watering the Portulacas, they’d be underwatered not overwatered. They’re not dead but they are decidedly washed out looking. I’m crossing my fingers for a comeback for them.

I’m thankful that the rain hasn’t adversely affected me personally. My heart goes out to all those folks who have been forced out of their homes. Floods are no fun. Here’s to hoping they can recover soon.

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

 

Hey, lots of pretty flowers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And indoors:

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around our casas on the 15thish of each month. Be sure to check out everyone’s flower photos on her blog.

As I mentioned, I’ll post photos for you nonbloggers out there tomorrow. You still have time to email your flower pics to me. I hope to see you back here.

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

They are nothing if they are not hardy little boogers.

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

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

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

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

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

As if this blog wasn’t already crammed with enough flower photos, here are some more!

Yay for beautiful flowers!

I love my back door container garden. The containers are a lot of work, but worth the abundant rewards. Blooming is Gaillardia ‘Blanket Flower’, Portulaca, Dimorphotheca (or Osteospermum), Bougainvillea, Petunias and Miss Mimosa, the Mimosa pudica ‘Sensitive Plant’.

(The E is for my first name, Elise.)

Inside, my Chlorophytum comosum, Nel, commonly known as a ‘Spider Plant’, has been blooming consistently for months:

And so has Sweetie, a Euphorbia milii:

And so has Lady Evermore, an Aeschynanthus:

An explosion of blooms – I love it!

Special thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around the house on the 15thish of each month. Check out her site to see flower photos from all over the world.

What’s blooming at your casa?

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

I’ll take any excuse to post photos of pretty flowers.

And indoors:

Thanks Carol at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around our homes on the 15thish of each month!

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

More pretty Morning Glories (Ipomoea), because I love them!

I’ll be back manana with an all-new The Plant Lady Chronicles. Hope to see you here!

What’s blooming in and around my house?

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of pretty flowers on the 15thish of each month.

I’ll be back manana with an all-new Plant Lady Chronicles, hope to see you back here.

Hi sweet potatoes, and happy Monday!

Carol over at May Dreams Gardens had the idea to showcase what’s blooming around the 15th of each month. Sounded like a good idea to me, so I’m down!

BUT. We had our first frost last week. Some flowers disintegrated overnight. Others survived just fine. How? Why? I don’t know – it’s not like I have a line on Mother Nature’s decisions. I’m a big fan of hers, but that doesn’t mean she shares her secrets with me.

So for this month’s GBBD, I decided to share the winners and the losers of the recent frost. Because I think there’s beauty in death as well as life. I’m weird like that.

Let’s start with this sweet little Cosmos growing in a container next to the front door:

Adorable!

The Petunias survived the frost just fine:

But the Zinnias all fried overnight:

So did the Morning Glories:

Here’s a strange one. One Basil plant is happily blooming away, the other fried to a crisp:

The Parsley laughed at the frost and continued blooming:

I have Cosmos growing in a container by the back door, and almost all the flowers died. Which is fine by me – I’m going to leave them there until the seeds form, then I’m going to collect them. That’s going to be a bounty of seeds:

Not all the Cosmos flowers died. The lower ones are still blooming:

Man, I love those pretty pink flowers.

During the winter months, I’m really appreciative of my indoor plants. Having flowers indoors when it’s dreary outside sustains me until spring. This is Easter, my Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera):

And now that the nights are longer, my other Schlumbergera is beginning to bloom. I don’t technically have a name for her – Dottie gave her to me, so I just call her Dottie because that makes me happy:

Hopefully Candy the Lime tree and Ellie the Euphorbia will bloom soon. You’ll have to wait until December’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to find out!

Thanks Carol, for giving me the chance to share flower photos!

I’ll be back manana with some Nature inspired holiday gift ideas. Hope to see you here.

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

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

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