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My eyes have been treated to the following scenes for the last three mornings:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good for the soul.


Good To Grow, Liza's photos, pretty thistle by the mountains

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Albuquerque Art

There’s no art in this photo – I just like how the clouds cling to the top of the mountains sometimes. Photos was taken near Academy and Tramway.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

We’ve been getting lots of snow. The Sandia Mountain ski resort has a 63″ base, more than Taos! Downtown Albuquerque had a little yesterday morning but it did not last long.

I love taking my camera with me when the mountains have snow. New Mexico is a very photogenic state, don’t you agree?

I’m going to take a little break from writing on this blog, just a few days during the holidays. I’ll be back on Friday with some plant puzzler action. After that, I’ll get back to a regular Monday through Saturday schedule here – 2012 promises lots of houseplant fun.

Stay warm and safe out there, k? I’ll be back soon.

Hello little devils, happy Tuesday!

This is my 666th blog post since October 2009. I thought about doing a spooky post, maybe one about devilish plants. Or plants that are beasts to grow.

I may still do those posts one day.

When I lived in Maryland, my address was 666 Azalea Drive. I thought it was funny. When I called to set up phone service (this was back in the days of land lines and good customer service), I told the lady that I was hoping for a phone number that would companion well with the 666 address. She put me on hold for a few minutes, and was laughing as she got back to me. The number she found was 294-1313.

It was a pretty good gag, telling people that I had the devil’s address and bad luck’s phone number.

I decided against a devil post because it’s already Tuesday and I haven’t blogged at all this week yet. So instead you get winter scenes.

Because winter scenes are practically the same as the devil, right? But only half the work!

Sniff, sniff. It’s that time of year when patios become boring again.

As November debuts, so will Albuquerque’s first hard frost. Should be tonight or tomorrow. We decided to go ahead and remove the hanging baskets from the Horse and Angel Tavern a few days ago. They’re planted with annuals, so there’s no point in waiting.

Besides, I have plans for the baskets this winter.

Milton and the good folks over at Mclain Greenhouses in Estancia, New Mexico, are going to grow new flower baskets for me. I’ll drop off empty baskets in November, and pick up gorgeously planted (and lovingly cared for) baskets in May.

Yay! I’m so excited!

Even though the patio will look barren for the next few months…

…there’s always the promise of spring flowers.

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

Prettyish picture, anyway. Not the best shot of the Sandia Mountains but I wanted to give you an idea of how beautiful they look with a little snow.

The big concern for Albuquerque this past week was the temperature, not the amount of snow that fell. The freezing temps wreaked havoc – water pipes burst all over town, there was black ice on the highways, there still isn’t enough natural gas to heat everyone’s homes.

As if the cold wasn’t bad enough, yesterday there was a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex near the airport. You can read about it here, or see video of it here. Two firefighters were injured (they’re ok), over 40 people are displaced and crews are still on scene trying to put the damn thing out. The New Mexico Red Cross provided emergency shelter for the victims, as well as food and clothing (residents had no time to grab coats – they just ran out of the building in whatever they were wearing).

Such a sad, scary event. My heart goes out to all the victims, and I tip my hat to the emergency personnel who have been battling the blaze so bravely.

The victims lost everything, but they all made it out safely. One man told a reporter, “I’ll be ok, I live in America.”

It’s a good reminder to check your smoke alarms, make sure you have a fire extinguisher, never leave a space heater unattended. Stay safe out there, my friends, stay safe.

On an unrelated note, I think my plant puzzler yesterday may be more difficult than I thought because there’s only been one guess so far. So here’s a hint – the leaf discoloration is a water issue. There were no temperature problems, it has nothing to do with fertilizing or lack of fertilizing. Water – too much or too little. If you think you know the answer, leave a comment for me. I’ll reveal the answer next Friday.

I’ll be back on Monday, hope to see you back here. In the meantime, go Packers!!

Ginny, while visiting some clients in the Heights today, I had the idea to take a pic of the Sandia Mountains for you.

Let the memories come flooding back!

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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.

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.