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Now it’s time for photos from my readers’ gardens, a couple of readers who don’t have blogs of their own.

We’ll start with Nancy Mumpton’s garden in Phoenix. Here’s what she had to say:

A few intrepid survivors of 100+ degrees for days: 
1. Lantana ‘Dallas Red’
2. Chocolate Flower
3. Datura
4. Ruellia





Beautiful, Nancy! Thank you for reminding us that there are plants that can survive the brutal heat of Arizona! The desert is not void of color and vibrancy. I love it!

Up next are photos from Ginny Burton’s (of Burton Optician in DC) garden. Here’s what she had to say:

I don’t have anything blooming inside, but these are new since NBBD two months ago.
Zinnias, the best I’ve ever had.  I lost their tag, so I don’t know the variety, but there has been zero powdery mildew. 


Spider lily’s last flower


 Oriental lily Aubade


Oriental lily Starfighter

Happy gardening!

Ginny Burton

Hmmm…not sure why the font changed, and it’s not letting me fix it, so sorry about that. Regardless, those are some gorgeous flowers, Ginny! Thank you for sharing.

Flowers from opposite ends of the country – how lucky are we to get to see a glimpse into these gardens? I’m thinking pretty lucky. Thank you to both of you ladies for sharing your photos.

If you love to garden but don’t have a blog, consider sending me flower photos next month and I will post them the day after the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to share photos of Albuquerque public art – just photos I’ve taken of stuff around town, mostly murals. I’ll be out of town myself, for some much-needed r-n-r, so the photos will be on an automated publishing schedule. I work hard to lure you to come back day after day, so instead of abandoning the blog while I’m gone, I thought the photos would be a nice way to “communicate” in my absence. Please feel free to share your thoughts about the art. I’ll also have the winners of the plant puzzler on Friday, so be sure to cast your vote if you haven’t already done so. I’ll catch you on the flipside!

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

Today I’m hosting the May 2013 Garden Nonbloggers’ Bloom Day, for those readers who want to show off their flowers but don’t have a blog of their own (or who do – anyone can join in).

I love it. Living in Albuquerque, I’ve been telling people in other parts of the country that we’d send them spring just as soon as we were done with it. It’s nice to see the photographic proof of it happening.

Also, I really enjoy seeing other people’s gardens and flowers. I hope you do, too.

Let’s start first with Nancy Mumpton, who lives in neighboring Arizona.

Says Nancy:

Echinopsis ‘Dutchman’s Gold’
Echinopsis oxygona ‘Pink’
Echinocereus ‘Ruby Rainbow’



Nancy, those are gorgeous! It never ceases to delight me that soft fluttery flowers can come from such menacing looking cacti. Another good reason not to let thorns stand in the way of falling in love.

Thanks, Nancy, for sharing your blooms!

Next up is everyone’s favorite DC-area Optician, Virginia Burton.

Says Ginny,

>>>>”Mostly, it’s Iris — here, there, and everywhere!”


“Red at Night”


“Frank Adams”






Huge NOID white, which I suspect is “Snow Flurry”


The back porch



Along the sidewalk


Above the kitchen sink.  That’s where I put all the flowers that I’ve found broken off by people’s stupid dogs or that have flopped over onto the sidewalk or into the street.  Plus the three tomatoes that my husband plans to plant as soon as the weather warms up consistently.

Thanks for hosting!
Ginny>>>>Lovely, lovely! To be fair to dogs, though, maybe it was stupid kids who broke the flowers off. Haha, juuuuust kidding! Children are precious angels.

Ginny, your back porch looks so inviting. I love how green your part of the country is – there are so many trees around DC and Virginia. It’s a pretty, pretty area. And it looks like you’re doing your part to add to its beauty. Nicely done!

We finished with our Irises a week or two ago, so it’s nice to see yours. Thanks for sharing!

If you’d like to send in photos of what’s blooming in or around your casa, you can email your photos to me at I’ll post them on the 16thish of each month, the day after the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

I’ll be back with an all new Ask the Experts panel tomorrow, along with puzzler action. Hope to see you back here.

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