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It’s a gloomy weather day in Albuquerque. Thankfully, it’s not storming like it is elsewhere in the country.

Still, we’re not used to the clouds.

I figured I’d shine the spotlight on plants that are making me smile right now. Like Nel, a Chlorophytum comosum, or Spider Plant:
Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

Such cute blooms!

Also, this Schlumbergera plant:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

After having two successful flowers about a month ago, the Lemon tree has suddenly exploded with buds:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

Which is plantastic news. The whole tree is covered with buds. To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the year.

Finally, my backdoor container garden oasis is bustling with growth, from the onions and garlic, to the spring bulbs popping up everywhere:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, 2015 update on gardens

The parsley and oregano never died back over the winter, instead staying green the whole time. The Zauschneria disappeared but is already back in force. The Crocus flowers have been blooming for a couple of weeks. The Daffodils should be blooming in days. The Hyacinths are moving along, as are the Tulips.

It may only be mid-February, but it’s already spring in the desert.

Happy Ginger plants:

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Happy Schlumbergera plants:

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

Happy Haworthia plants:

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Happy Plants, Angry Sky:

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Hey look, photos of pretty flowers!

It must be time for the April 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

We’ll start with what’s blooming outside the casa.

Everyone likes April flowers, right?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I love spring blooms!

Inside the casa, last year’s birthday Orchid is gorgeous again this year:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

This little Kalanchoe is a temporary visitor, but a cute one:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Another sweet succulent bloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I had a whole bit planned for this Echeveria bloom, but I may have to abandon it for being a ridiculously long post. We’ll see. For now, here’s what the bloom looked like a couple of days ago:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I can’t get enough of those pink blooms!

Two of the Schlumbergeras are blooming again. I hadn’t really noticed until mr_subjunctive mentioned it, but one plant produces red blooms, and another produces orange ones (that plant was originally from Dottie). I thought for a long time they both had red blooms but the orange was more pronounced this past season. I tried several times to capture the difference in hues on camera, but without wanting to move the plants (for fear of knocking the flowers off), I wasn’t able to accomplish that.

But with this new round of blooming, I was able to capture something else – the plant decided to grow striped flowers. That’s new:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I love them! So snazzy!

The red bud in the photo below isn’t quite open all the way, but you should be able to see the color difference I was talking about:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Or maybe not, haha! You may have to take my word for it.

My regular readers know how fond I am of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Spider Plant’ flowers. I think they are so darling!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Adorable!

I think this one looks like she’s dancing:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, April 2014 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Or possibly coming in for a landing!

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. You should check out her posts, as well as flower posts from around the world.

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

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Christmas Cactus love

Ahhh, let’s hear it for flowers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, February 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.

(Crocus, Schlumbergera, Aeschynanthus, Chlorophytum, Bougainvillea)

Man, I love flowers!

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Dottie's Sclumbergera

Today’s post is largely for our beloved Expert Dottie, so she can see how the Schlumbergera she gave me is doing. In the photo above, it’s the one in the back in the blue container.

Dottie handed the plant off to me before she moved to Arizona. I accepted it with trepidation, as I knew it had been pampered exquisitely under her care.

I think it’s because of all that pampering that the plant has been coasting along ever since.

I don’t give her any special treatment – I care for her the same way I do all the other houseplants. I water her once a week, I fertilize regularly.

The main reason she’s so happy, I believe, is because of the abundant sunshine she gets. She’s in a south-facing window, and also gets western light every afternoon.

And now that the landlady hired someone to remove the cane plants from in front of the window, she and the rest of the plants in the foyer get even more sunshine.

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Dottie's Sclumbergera

They get fantastic amounts of sunshine. The canes will come back but for now, there’s nothing standing in the way of the plants and their sun.

Which makes them very lucky and very happy houseplants.

Which in turn makes them bloom like crazy.

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Dottie's Sclumbergera

Which of course, makes me very happy.

When the outside world becomes too much for me, like when innocent little kids are maniacally gunned down, I retreat.

I retreat to my indoor oasis, away from the cruel world.

A place where I have at least an illusion of control.

Illusion, of course, because none of us are safe. We could be shot, or hit by a bus, any time. We know that instinctively, but getting our tiny brains wrapped around it, especially in the wake of a tragedy like a school shooting, is not possible.

Death is never going to make sense. We are not allowed the information necessary to piece it all together.

There won’t be a moment when we can go, “Oh right, that’s why innocents had to die, I get it now.”

Because we are mere humans, we don’t get to know the whys.

Life doesn’t work like that.

And we know it.

But we don’t have to like it.

So I retreat.

And I do what I can to build back up my sense of control.

By controlling the retreat.

Organizing the linen closet. Cleaning out the freezer. Rearranging the back hall.

“I may not be able to stop someone bent on causing me harm, but at least I can clean my spice cabinet,” is how the dialogue goes. Truth be told, the dialogue is usually littered with expletives.

What else can I do?

I couldn’t have done anything to stop the school shooting, even if I’d been in that school. I could’ve maybe guarded some kids and kept some people safe, but I couldn’t have stopped the shooting myself. None of us could have.

But I can keep a clean house.

And I can be a good member of this community.

I can be a good citizen for this great country, and for the world.

I can be compassionate to every single person I meet.

And I can rejoice in the itsy bitsiest of luxuries, like having flowers bloom in my warm, safish comfortable home.

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

(Pictured above, Candy, my Lime tree blooms every December and January.)

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

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

(Pictured above: The Dimorphotheca have so far resisted going dormant since moving to the foyer. The flowers have to reach, but they keep coming.)

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

(Pictured above: The Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) that my wonderful cousin Bill sent me.)

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

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

(Pictured above: Schlumbergera ‘Christmas Cactus’ blooms galore on all three plants.)

(Not pictured: My Aeschynanthus has loads of greenish blooms, but I failed to get a decent photo. And my Bougainvillea is finally dropping all of its blooms, only a few stubbornly hold on.)

Something else that helps me not only in the wake of a terrible event, but each and every day, is that before I get out of bed in the morning, I say thank you for one more day.

Then I think about my loving family, my charming and funny friends, and all the kind people I know in the world.

And I say thank you again.

It helps.

I may be back tomorrow, maybe not. We’ll see, won’t we?

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.

Crissy, a Schlumbergera ‘Christmas Cactus’ on a recent March day:

Crazy plant.

The Amaryllis my awesome cousin Bill (check out his adorable miniature gardens on his site, Fox Specialty Services) sent me is on its third set of blooms since Christmas. Third!

The third bud was already growing when the bulb had just begun its second bloom. Each stalk was shorter than the one before, but still. What. A. Showoff!

Candy my Lime tree is starting to bust out limes, while she’s still blooming:

She’s an overachiever, too. She’s also spoiled with that seat on a west-facing windowsill.

I’ll be back manana, 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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