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Hello Mayflowers, and happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site, and thanks for being here.

Ahhhh, another weekend has arrived. And shew, not a moment too soon! I hope everyone had a fulfilling week, and that you have fun plans for the weekend. Also, Happy Early Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there.

Today, I’ve got an all-new Ask the Experts Panel for you. I’ve also got some plant puzzler action for you after the Panel. Let’s get the festivities started by saying hi to the Experts. Hi everyone!


“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You’re so cute! From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

For the fun of it, I decided to ask the Experts this question:

Q. What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?

Expert Andy Williams, what say you, fine sir?

A. This, without a doubt.




In an attempt to conquer my fear of heights, I rappelled down a 16-story building downtown as part of some charity thing. The first step I take off the roof was the single most terrifying moment of my life; after that, it was cool as hell!

Unfortunately, I’m still afraid of heights…

A. There was that time I got shot at. A couple of people tried to stab me. There were drives on winding icy roads or the day I stood outside and watched a tornado fly overhead. But most dangerous? I remember the time I asked the homecoming queen to go to the movies with me. She said, well, I will let you guess.


Liza here. Expert Dottie is still recovering and therefore is unavailable this week. I’m going to hold this space open for her for as long as she needs. Let’s admire her adorableness:

And move on to Expert Lewis Casey. Lewis?

I have done a lot of dangerous and stupid things in my life, rock climbing, swimming after eating, excise alcohol and drugs, driving with unrestrained kids or dogs, drag racing on bald tires, wild land firefighting on a windy day or writing bad verse.

But the most scariest thing that I have ever done because I did not know how it would go, what greatness I would achieve, could I hold my own.

I have found greatness,
It has gone far,
I have held my own
What was so scary you ask

The words “I do”

Wow! Those were some amazing answers, gentlemen!

Andy, oh hell no! A tiger? No thank you! Thack, I know what building you rappelled down, and I have the same response – hell no! I’d be way too chicken. EZ, Lewis, you must be kindred souls!

Those were great, thank you for sharing your stories with everyone. I appreciate it! And I enjoyed hearing about your dangerous sides.

The Experts are taking a mini-break next week, so they’ll return in two weeks, on the 22nd.

They hope to see you back here.

Let’s move on to the current puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if these plants were real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Let’s see how you answered:

Joseph Brenner of Texas wrote, “Real.)B>{D}”

mr_subjunctive of Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “Fake? My first reaction was “painfully fake,” but then, as usual, I couldn’t point to anything specific that made me think that, so now I’m not sure.”

Joseph then added, “Yeah, me too. But the longer I looked at them, the more they reminded me of plants that I forgot to bring inside, during a cold snap. We shall see…)B>{D}”

Liz in Jemez, New Mexico, wrote, “Real!”

That’s two votes real, one vote fake.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a closer look:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

They’re FAKE!!!! And oh-so-ugly!!!! Also, very dusty. I can understand the desire to have some greenery in this dimly lit space, but are ugly fake plants really the answer? There are lots of living breathing plants that can handle dark rooms with no trouble at all.

mr_subjunctive reigns supreme this week – well played, sir! You’re all winners in my book though.

To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award you each the following prizes: One happy Mother’s Day weekend, four lucky charms, six broccoli florets, a pair of amusement park tickets, the title of “Mostest, Bestest, Awesomest Plant Person Ever” for the weekend, 14 2/3 bonus points, three coffee mugs bearing your likeness, five cartwheels, one braid, Atrisco Boulevard, four feathers, seven heart beats, three stripes, one submarine, two baby panda bears, Lorraine, more wisdom, a bouquet of peony flowers, the scent of the sky, four sopapillas, eight spare taste buds, two fairy tales, a pair of ballet shoes, one king-sized bed, an all-expenses paid trip to candyland, four new tires, two rainbows, oregano, Raton Pass, three joyful moments, 16 more points, dark purple, one meteorological forecast, four fruit cups, an Epiphyllum houseplant, one ceiling fan, and three sesame seed bagels.

Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this Hibiscus flower real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) TWO Thursdays from now, May 21st, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winners when the Experts return on May 22nd. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

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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.

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