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Here are the week’s top plant stories:

The Chayotes are continuing with their lofty ambitions to reach the top of the trellis. I’m cautiously optimistic about their chances. However, they do have a ways to grow:

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I pulled a few more onions, a couple of which turned out full-sized despite bolting. That bodes great for future winter onion-growing experiments:

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Even though many of the onions I’ve harvested have been small, I would call the winter-growing experiment a success overall. I planted fifty sets, nearly all of them grew a little, most of them grew a lot. With the limited amount of growing space I have, if I can move the onion growing to the winter months, that would be awesome. I’m going to keep experimenting, the next time starting with seeds from some of the bolted plants.

Also in the news, more Osteospermum blooms:

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I can’t imagine ever tiring of their cheerful little mugs.

In other flower news, PORTULACA!!!!

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This particular Portulaca plant is in a very inhospitable spot, so kudos to her for growing and blooming all by herself. It’s an impressive accomplishment.

And now for the week’s top story.

The container by my backdoor that houses these gorgeous Zauschneria flowers:

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Is also home to a bunch of wasps. No bueno!

I noticed them a few weeks ago, it became apparent they were living up in the bottom of the container:

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It’s hard to see them in photos, but they’re flying all over the place. I could see them crawling in and out through the gap between the container and the sidewalk.

At first, I was inclined to leave them alone. They weren’t bothering me, I wasn’t bothering them. We had a zenlike arrangement.

But they started multiplying, and becoming aggressive. It became apparent that I couldn’t let them continue. They have stingers! I also have a neighbor in back who shouldn’t have to pass through a gauntlet of wasps every day. They’re no different from goatheads or other noxious pests in my mind, and so I decided to eliminate them.

I asked Lewis (our very own Expert Lewis) for advice, and he recommend rubbing alcohol. Said they would be overcome by the fumes.

I decided to try it. Since there was no way to pour rubbing alcohol into the container, I poured some on to a paper plate, thinking I would slide it under the container in that gap above the sidewalk. I didn’t even get the plate pushed under – I set it down next to the container – before the wasps began dying. Within minutes, they were all dead. It was astonishing. I’ll spare you photos of the carnage.

It’s always a little unnerving to me to cause mass death like that. I’m a peaceful person! At the same time, I’m not going to voluntarily give a bunch of mean stingy flying bugs a free place to live. If the honey bees would like to move into the wasps’ place, they are welcome. I’m not worried about them stinging me – we definitely could work out a zenlike bargain to coexist. But then, they’re not aggressive like wasps are either.

One bright spot, no Zauschneria flowers were harmed during the killings.

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Those are the week’s top plant stories. Thank you for tuning in. I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you back here.

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Hello everyone!

My regular readers know that I live in downtown Albuquerque. Our growing season is long, even though the city is located at 5,000 feet above sea level. I can remember eating Thanksgiving dinner outside more than once. That’s desert life for ya.

Still, it’s been chilly, and has dipped below freezing enough to kill off most of the flowers. But not all of them.

When I was without a laptop for that week recently, I ended up spending a lot of time outside. Cleaning and doing garden chores to prepare for winter. And taking tons of photos.

Since I missed the November Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day a few days ago, I’ll just show you today what’s blooming around the house, starting with the backdoor container garden:

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Lots of cheerful flowers, including the Gazanias, the Alyssum, the Zauschneria (California fuchsia), the Osteospermum and at least some of the Marigolds. Oh, and a few Gaillardia (Blanket Flower).

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

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

Most of the Cosmos have been knocked out, but some remain. And look who’s trying to grow next to them – I think those are my Irises!

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Nobody told them that it’s the wrong season! Silly flowers.

Inside, this Echeveria is trying to pull the wool over my eyes:

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She knows that I’m hesitant to prune her because of the flower stalk – and she’s right – but she doesn’t know that the Euphorbia miliis tried a similar trick to avoid pruning, and I eventually did it anyway. Pruning is for her own good – look, she’s practically falling over (the rosette on the right is producing the flower stem):

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(Clearly her strategy has been working for several weeks months now, as the above is an older photo.) She better watch out, because I will not be tricked again!

Two of the three Schlumbergeras (Christmas Cactus) are blooming again, as is the Lemon tree, and the Chlorophytums (Spider plants). I’ll save those for December’s Garden Blogger Bloom Day. The outdoors should be covered in snow by then, so I’ll be glad to have my indoor flowers to amuse me until spring.

Before I go, check out this hilarious little guy:

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I guess he’s letting me know what he thinks about my little indoor windowsill tomato garden idea! It totally cracked me up.

I’ll probably be back with a new post tomorrow, but with the recent technology bustup – and the subsequent enjoyment of being offline – I’m not sure. I kinda liked not being able to blog in the sense that it forced me to do other stuff, which were cooler things than anything I was doing online. So now I have mixed feelings. At least about the Monday through Saturday schedule that I’ve been maintaining for a long time now. Lately that seems a little much. But we’ll see how things go, ok? Thank you for your patience, and for visiting my site.

(Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Check out her blog!)

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.

And now for photos of what’s blooming in and around my casa:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aaaaaaand now for some pretty flowers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

And inside…

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2013 GBBD

Special thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting that we post photos of what’s blooming in and around our casas on the 15th of each month.

If you have lots of flowers you’d like to show off, but don’t have a blog, email your photos to me today and I’ll post them tomorrow. For those of you who already sent me photos, if you have more, I’ll add them to the post.

I hope to see you back here tomorrow.

Here in Albuquerque, most of the outdoor flowers got blasted by our first frost a few days ago. These Cosmos remain persistently cheerful, though:

Hang in there, little fellas!

It’s nice that my indoor garden is beginning to explode with color – it makes winter much more pleasant.

The Bougainvillea is adjusting to life indoors:

So are the Osteospermums:

As well as the Silene uniflora that share the same pot:

The real stars of the foyer are the Schlumbergera, or Christmas Cactus. They started blooming around Halloween, and should continue through the holidays.

Crissy has pink blooms, Easter has red blooms, and the one I got from Dottie hasn’t started blooming yet but will soon.

I love those reliable blooms!

Special thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming in and around the casa on the 15th of each month. Check out her site for more pretty photos.

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A quick reminder, you still have time to guess the current puzzler, in which I asked if this Epipremnum (Pothos plant) was real or fake:

You can leave your best guess in the comments section, or on my facebook wall. The deadline is tonight at midnight MST (that’s 2am EST).

I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) tomorrow after an all-new Panel of Experts. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary, but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-s0-real.

Hope to see you back here.

Wanh, wanh, wanh.

Albuquerque’s first frost was Sunday night. In one swoop, my back door container garden has been wiped out.

Goodbye, pretty Gaillardia!

Thank you for your cheerful blooms which greeted me every day from June until November.

Goodbye delicious basil!

Ouch! You look terrible. But thank you for your service all summer – you tasted great. Still have lots of basil seeds – any takers?

Goodbye pretty Zinnias and Portulaca!

You were happy additions to my container garden, thank you for beautifying the place!

Bye Osteospermum, you’ll be missed!

Dang. Frosts are harsh.

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

Even though temperatures are still reaching the mid-70s during the day here in Albuquerque, it’s been getting chilly at night.

So I made the decision to bring some of my flowering plants inside rather than risk them freezing.

Here’s what they looked like a few weeks ago:

I particularly wanted to save the Bougainvillea, so here she is in her new winter home:

I also couldn’t resist bringing in the container that holds the Osteospermum and the Silene uniflora:

The Osteospermum may go dormant, or they may adjust to life indoors. We’ll see. They’ve been inside a week and have continued blooming profusely, so I’m optimistic.

The Silene uniflora has also begun blooming and shows no signs of slowing down:

I’m charmed by those cute little white blossoms.

The rest of the flower pots are staying outside for now.

I love the new additions to the foyer’s welcoming committee. Nothing like bright splashes of purple and pink to brighten my day!

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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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