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What a difference a few days makes in a garden.

Today, we have spring flowers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

Some of the Crocus flowers were already blooming when Albuquerque got hit with two big (for the desert) winter storms over the weekend. More have since opened.

Here’s what the planter box looked like on Saturday, from the top step looking down:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

No sign of purple under there.

Over the weekend, another flower box looked like this:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

Completely obscured are the garlic shoots, Hyacinths and Chionodoxa. You can see some of the Daffodil leaves through the snow.

Today, we have these guys:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

Like nothing ever happened. Happy as can be.

Here’s what all the containers looked like on Saturday morning:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

And earlier today:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

They wouldn’t be early spring bloomers if they couldn’t handle the occasional snow dump. They probably relished the moisture.

Because of the timing of our snow the past few months, I haven’t watered in the front gardens a single time. Yet I still found these a couple of days ago:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, winter weather in the desert

It’s amazing to me what Nature handles on its own. Even in the desert.

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Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Albuquerque snow

Hola! Made it to 1,000! Woohoo!

I had planned on a new look for this benchmark, but I haven’t found a template that works for me. WordPress has hundreds to choose from, not thousands, but I’m still looking for the right one.

In the meantime, I wanted to show the snow!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

We woke up to snow in the city. Fleeting snow, of course, as it was warm this morning. I took these photos in the neighborhood around 7am before work. I wasn’t even wearing a coat. As of the time I’m writing this, it’s much colder but most of the snow is gone.

There’s something about snow in the desert that makes me smile. Obviously, the moisture is welcome. But also the sight of desert plants with a dusting of snow is cool.

I hope you enjoy this brief journey with me:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

By my back door garden (my first name is Elise):

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

And then once I left for work, I stopped to take a gander at the city at large:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

And a partial  view of the Sandia Mountains a few hours later:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, snow in the Duke City

The winter storm is still working its way out of town. The mountains should look gorgeous for the coming weeks. But there’s almost no trace of the storm in downtown Albuquerque. Brief but beautiful.

I’ll be back manana with an all-new Ask the Experts panel. The last such panel before the Experts take a nice long break. I’ll continue with the plant puzzlers in their absence. I hope to see you back here!

Just a teeny bit so far…

…hopefully there will be a lot more snow today. Fingers crossed!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog post to bring you breaking weather news.

It’s cold. And snowy.

Seriously, this is the desert!

The current temperature is -1 °F. Whaaaaat?

I’m not whining, I swear. I know most of the country deals with weather like this all winter long.

But really, -1 °F? The high today is supposed to be 9 degrees.

We’re desert dwellers, and ill-equipped to handle extreme temperatures.

If these cacti could talk, I think they’d say “brrrrrrrrr!”

Everything is closed due to the weather. Kids are getting a snow day, again. City offices are opening late. I’m waiting for it to warm up to 3° or 4° before going to work.

Ok, maybe I am whining a little. I grew up in Indiana, so it’s not like I’m unfamiliar with cold and snowy weather. But now that I live in Albuquerque, I’ve become a big baby. It gets a little bit cold and I think, ohmigosh, I’m going to die!

Spoiled, right?

Yup, spoiled!

I’ll be back manana with less whining. Hope to see you here!

It doesn’t happen every day, so it counts as news.

Downtown, facing west, you should be able to see the volcanoes in the distance, but the snow covered them:

Thus concludes this week’s weather report from La Nina territory. We’ll return Monday hopefully with something far more interesting. Hope to see you back here.

Hello lemon slices, and happy Monday!

Spring’s here and I have the equinox to prove it. Still, old man winter wasn’t ready to let go. It snowed in Albuquerque over the weekend. Snow at this time of year is simply laughable – it melted within an hour of landing on the ground.

The Hyacinths didn’t mind the snow!

Big fat snowflakes, probably four inches altogether. All gone fast. It was 60 degrees later in the day. Go figure!

I never tire of photos of snow-covered Agaves, because snow hardly ever covers Agaves.

Yes, snow in the desert is novel. And fleeting.

The snow can’t stop Spring’s relentless march.

I realize there is no educational value in this post. That’s ok – Spring is here, it’s not like any of us wants to work!

All these Spring photos were taken later in the afternoon after the snow melted.

I love the adobe houses in Albuquerque. People paint their windowsills and doors blue as a symbol of good luck (and to ward off evil spirits).

If you look reeeeeeaaaaaalllllllyyyy closely, you can see a cheerful little bird checking out his neighborhood. He’s happy about Spring, that’s for sure.

That’s enough of these time-wasting photos. I hope Spring has arrived in your neighborhood, too, and not just on your calendar. I’ll be back tomorrow, until then, happy gardening everyone!

Hello to all you pistachio nuts out there. I’m putting Thursday’s regular category, Plants 101, on hold for today, because it doesn’t snow very often in Albuquerque. But it did this morning, for a minute, and I had fun watching it.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Ask the Experts. If you haven’t left your guess for last week’s Name that Plant Problem, there’s still time!

Have you ever visited the desert? Albuquerque, New Mexico is considered a high desert, as the city sits at 5,000 feet.

It doesn’t snow very often, but when it does, it’s beautiful. It snowed over the weekend.

I grabbed my camera and went for a walk in my neighborhood.

I mean really, how often does Prickly Pear cactus get dusted with snow?

This is Tiguex Park. That colorful building in the background is Explora, the kids science museum, and that Natural History Museum is next to it.

San Felipe Church is in Old Town Albuquerque. The snow was melting rapidly.

Albuquerque is a wonderful city in which to live. But it’s also a dangerous city. There are thorns everywhere!

I walked and walked, knowing that snow in Albuquerque is fleeting.

This is the plaza in Old Town. The snow was almost gone, and I wasn’t done with my walk!

If you’ve been considering visiting Albuquerque, January’s probably not your month.

There was little trace of snow by Saturday afternoon. It was a good reminder to enjoy it while you can.

As many of you know, I’m a big football fan, and my Colts are heading to the Superbowl on February 7th. I’m happy about that, but I’m going to miss watching football with the girls on Sundays. I’ve been looking around for some sort of gift to commemorate the passing of the season. Tomorrow, I’ll show you what I found (hint, it was in the garden, and it can double as a Valentine’s Day gift!). Until then, happy indoor gardening everyone!

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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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