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Heeeyyyyyyy, hi everyone! Didja miss me? You better have, haha! Just kidding!

It was good to have a little break. I took time off the blog, got out of town for a few days. Now I’m back, enjoying our warm New Mexico weather. (Remind me of days like today once the spring winds begin!)

I’m still playing catch up but I thought I should start blogging about plant stuff again one of these days. So today, lookee – the Gasteraloe (named Gus) has more pretty flowers!

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So cute!

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

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The Aloe flower stalks in the atrium at KOBtv are growing nicely:

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I took photos when I was there last week. It’s hard to get decent photos because of that wall behind the plant. My phone gets confused about where to focus its attention!

The plant is very happy. The stalks are about three feet tall now, and still growing. Only the lowest flowers have actually opened so far, which I’m not sure if you can see that in the photo. When I go back this week, I’ll see if I can get a close-up.

The flowers are very similar to the Gasteraloe that I have blooming at my house, except they’re not as colorful.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

And it has nothing to do with fisticuffs!

And it’s not really breaking, as I already told you about a few weeks ago. The flower stalk on the potted Aloe at KOBtv is progressing nicely:

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The flowers aren’t particularly attractive, but that’s ok. It’s still a good sign when a plant flowers.

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Another Aloe in the atrium is also sending up a new flower stalk:

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Happy Plants!

Reportedly happier than the newsmen!

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Spotted a few days ago at Billy’s Long Bar, the latest sign that spring is almost here:

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

One of the Aloe plants at KOBtv is forming a bud for the first time ever!

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We’ll be covering this story until the flowers are fully formed.

Now back to you in the studio.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

This silly little Coleus sits in a windowless office at channel 4, and yet look how happy she is anyway:

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Blooming all by herself!

The Coleus started as an outdoor plant and a couple falls ago, I snipped lots of cuttings and threw them in random pots around town to see if they would overwinter. They all did. Even the ones I put in unlikely places, like this office that gets no sunlight. This particular plant is a little leggy, but I don’t mind. It’s just so cute that she’s growing at all.

And now that she’s flowering, I like her even more.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

So cute!

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This is at a law office downtown, one of my clients. I came in the other day and found that they’d decorated the Norfolk Island Pine, so that made me happy.

After the holidays, I’ll get a better photo of the container that the Norfolk is in – it’s a hydroponic container. There’s a little measuring gauge that shows me when the water level gets low (the gauge is attached to a wick). No soil, no fuss. It’s an awesome container.

And stylish, too.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

…when the City of Albuquerque screws up its landscaping.

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Sigh.

So much for hoping they landscape correctly this year.

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So sloppy!

They’re supposed to leave the grasses intact for winter interest. In the above photo, they left some of them, then incorrectly pruned the rest (they should’ve pruned them lower, and why are they all different shapes?).

In the below photo, I guess they haven’t gotten that far.

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Those blank spaces are from where the grasses have died from the bad pruning in previous years. So I guess it’s official that they’ll never learn. Or don’t care.

Lazy, lazy landscaping. They do the same in parks all over the city, then homeowners copycat what they see. And I spend a lot of time facepalming my way around town.

In other news:

I had this post ready to publish yesterday, but then I got sidetracked by a call to respond to a house fire. The Red Cross dispatched me and another volunteer to help an elderly gentleman who was the victim of an arson fire. Poor guy. He was just minding his own business, then suddenly his house was on fire. Maybe it was kids, or mean-spirited adults, we’ll probably never know. He was lucky, he wasn’t hurt, and the damage was contained to the outside of his house (so his clothes and possessions weren’t hurt).

He was a retired army veteran, and a kind soul. We got him into a hotel for the next three days, and provided money for food. We’ll also work with him in the coming days to see if the VA can help him get into a new place.

I don’t know if many of you heard the NPR piece criticizing the National Red Cross recently. It was tough to hear, because I know how hard volunteers like myself work to help the people in our cities and across the country.

One thing that a lot of people don’t know is that our local chapter of the Red Cross doesn’t get money from the national organization to provide these services to victims of natural disasters. We would only get money from them if a disaster becomes a national disaster, like Hurricane Sandy did because it affected so many states. In Albuquerque, we usually just have home fires, so we don’t get funding from them. Our funding comes from local donations.

Stories like the one that aired on NPR will most likely end up hurting our local fundraising, because people won’t want to donate due to our association with the larger organization. It’s a shame. We do good work.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Baby basil plants on my kitchen windowsill!

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Because why not?

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

Aaahhh…remember just a few weeks ago when the lovely Lantana flowers at Billy’s Long Bar looked like this:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

This week, they looked like this:

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Sigh.

Stupid cold. I miss the flowers already!

Strangely enough, this snapdragon flower doesn’t seem to mind that it’s nearly Thanksgiving.

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She marches to her own seasonal drummer.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

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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.

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