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Pretty as always!

Hey look, pretty blossoms!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plum tree blossoms

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plum tree blossoms

Sooooooo…ya know how I usually do Quirky Burque posts on Saturdays? Where I post photos of weird things here in Albuquerque? Yeah, Ima gonna have to change that.

It turns out there’s some animosity amongst the locals about the nickname Burque. The annoyance probably wouldn’t have boiled to the surface, except that there’s this jerky dude on Facebook who has co-opted the nickname, and now lots of people publicly hate it. Burque had been an affectionate term used by long-time residents of Albuquerque…it has evolved to hipster-speak, which of course, the natives don’t appreciate. Especially if it’s pronounced without rolling the R. (Which is how I pronounce it to rhyme with quirky, you know, because I’m from Indiana and not Albuquerque.)

I don’t know this fella on Facebook personally, but the stuff he does on his page – stealing photos and putting his own watermarks on them, deleting comments when people call him on it, speaking for all New Mexicans, creating drama, insulting people and so on – is fairly well documented douchebaggery behavior. The last thing I want is to be associated with his douchebaggery behavior. He ruined the name for the rest of us.

So no more Burque.

I could simply change Saturday posts to Quirky Albuquerque or something similar. Or I could start an unrelated segment. I thought I’d ask you what you thought first. If everyone enjoys seeing glimpses into our Wild West city, I can still do that. But if there’s not a lot of interest, I’d rather find something else to post.

What do you think?

While I wait to hear from you, I hope you enjoy the plum tree flowers on this overcast day in the Southwest!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plum tree blossoms

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, new blooms in the house

On the south-facing windowsill in my foyer, I have a container planted with succulents. Three different types, I believe (the Aeonium at the bottom is in a separate container). I don’t remember where or when I acquired the succulents – I do remember painting that pot, however – it was over a year ago.

More than a month ago, one of the plants sent out a stem filled with buds.

And then those buds just sat there. And sat there. And sat there.

I’m not sure what type of succulent it is. It could be a Graptopetalum, or an Echeveria. Or, it could be a Graptoveria (a cross between Graptopetalum and Echeveria), or it may be a Sedeveria (a cross between Sedum and Echeveria). I suppose it’s possible that it could even be a Graptosedum (a cross between Graptopetalum and Sedum) but I doubt it. Here’s another look (photos were taken at different times of the day, hence the variances in sunshine):

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, new blooms in the house

And another:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, new blooms in the house

Whatever it is, it’s currently my favorite houseplant because I am loving watching what it’s doing.

Finally, after all these weeks, one of the blooms opened:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, new blooms in the house

Swoon!

I am in love with that little flower!

I feel like I’ve won the lottery of the plant kingdom. A generous reward for my nurturing. A plant version of a treasure chest full of gold.

You know what else makes me feel like I have all the riches of the universe in hand? My blooming Plum tree:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Plum tree blossoms

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Plum tree blossoms

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Plum tree blossoms

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Plum tree blossoms

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Plum tree blossoms

I don’t mean to be insensitive to readers dealing with recent snow storms, particularly those in the Midwest. I feel your pain, really! But there are reasons I moved away from there, and snow is one of them. I think it’s pretty, I like how quiet it makes the world, but I’m a baby when it comes to the cold. Brrr!

I promise, we’ll send you spring as soon as we’re done with it.

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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.

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.

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