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Today, photos of plants that don’t know that it’s December.

Starting with the flower bulbs in my back door containers:

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Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plants that don't know it's December

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plants that don't know it's December

The Zauschneria ‘California Fuchsia’ is also trying to come back to life:

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The parsley and oregano seem to have no idea it’s almost Christmas:

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These Irises are clearly confused:

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So are these Larkspurs:

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What’s the deal with all this greenery in mid-December? Silly plants!

This is likely the last bouquet of flowers from my garden in 2014:

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This time of year always makes me a little sad, for that reason. I’ll miss the cheerful flowers that greet me every time I step outside. They’re not gone yet, but they soon will be.

As always, I’m grateful to have my indoor winter bloomers to sustain me. Like the Euphorbia milii plants:

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

And of course, the Schlumbergera plants:

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I don’t know what I’d do without them!

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The birds looooooooove these flowers:

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The shooting suspect is dead! He killed himself this morning after shooting at the police, who were closing in on him. Click here to read the story. I know it doesn’t speak well of me to cheer someone’s death, but I don’t care. I’m glad he’s off our streets.

Here are the week’s top plant stories:

The Chayotes are continuing with their lofty ambitions to reach the top of the trellis. I’m cautiously optimistic about their chances. However, they do have a ways to grow:

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I pulled a few more onions, a couple of which turned out full-sized despite bolting. That bodes great for future winter onion-growing experiments:

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Even though many of the onions I’ve harvested have been small, I would call the winter-growing experiment a success overall. I planted fifty sets, nearly all of them grew a little, most of them grew a lot. With the limited amount of growing space I have, if I can move the onion growing to the winter months, that would be awesome. I’m going to keep experimenting, the next time starting with seeds from some of the bolted plants.

Also in the news, more Osteospermum blooms:

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I can’t imagine ever tiring of their cheerful little mugs.

In other flower news, PORTULACA!!!!

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This particular Portulaca plant is in a very inhospitable spot, so kudos to her for growing and blooming all by herself. It’s an impressive accomplishment.

And now for the week’s top story.

The container by my backdoor that houses these gorgeous Zauschneria flowers:

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Is also home to a bunch of wasps. No bueno!

I noticed them a few weeks ago, it became apparent they were living up in the bottom of the container:

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It’s hard to see them in photos, but they’re flying all over the place. I could see them crawling in and out through the gap between the container and the sidewalk.

At first, I was inclined to leave them alone. They weren’t bothering me, I wasn’t bothering them. We had a zenlike arrangement.

But they started multiplying, and becoming aggressive. It became apparent that I couldn’t let them continue. They have stingers! I also have a neighbor in back who shouldn’t have to pass through a gauntlet of wasps every day. They’re no different from goatheads or other noxious pests in my mind, and so I decided to eliminate them.

I asked Lewis (our very own Expert Lewis) for advice, and he recommend rubbing alcohol. Said they would be overcome by the fumes.

I decided to try it. Since there was no way to pour rubbing alcohol into the container, I poured some on to a paper plate, thinking I would slide it under the container in that gap above the sidewalk. I didn’t even get the plate pushed under – I set it down next to the container – before the wasps began dying. Within minutes, they were all dead. It was astonishing. I’ll spare you photos of the carnage.

It’s always a little unnerving to me to cause mass death like that. I’m a peaceful person! At the same time, I’m not going to voluntarily give a bunch of mean stingy flying bugs a free place to live. If the honey bees would like to move into the wasps’ place, they are welcome. I’m not worried about them stinging me – we definitely could work out a zenlike bargain to coexist. But then, they’re not aggressive like wasps are either.

One bright spot, no Zauschneria flowers were harmed during the killings.

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Those are the week’s top plant stories. Thank you for tuning in. I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you back here.

Hello everyone!

My regular readers know that I live in downtown Albuquerque. Our growing season is long, even though the city is located at 5,000 feet above sea level. I can remember eating Thanksgiving dinner outside more than once. That’s desert life for ya.

Still, it’s been chilly, and has dipped below freezing enough to kill off most of the flowers. But not all of them.

When I was without a laptop for that week recently, I ended up spending a lot of time outside. Cleaning and doing garden chores to prepare for winter. And taking tons of photos.

Since I missed the November Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day a few days ago, I’ll just show you today what’s blooming around the house, starting with the backdoor container garden:

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Lots of cheerful flowers, including the Gazanias, the Alyssum, the Zauschneria (California fuchsia), the Osteospermum and at least some of the Marigolds. Oh, and a few Gaillardia (Blanket Flower).

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

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

Most of the Cosmos have been knocked out, but some remain. And look who’s trying to grow next to them – I think those are my Irises!

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Nobody told them that it’s the wrong season! Silly flowers.

Inside, this Echeveria is trying to pull the wool over my eyes:

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She knows that I’m hesitant to prune her because of the flower stalk – and she’s right – but she doesn’t know that the Euphorbia miliis tried a similar trick to avoid pruning, and I eventually did it anyway. Pruning is for her own good – look, she’s practically falling over (the rosette on the right is producing the flower stem):

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(Clearly her strategy has been working for several weeks months now, as the above is an older photo.) She better watch out, because I will not be tricked again!

Two of the three Schlumbergeras (Christmas Cactus) are blooming again, as is the Lemon tree, and the Chlorophytums (Spider plants). I’ll save those for December’s Garden Blogger Bloom Day. The outdoors should be covered in snow by then, so I’ll be glad to have my indoor flowers to amuse me until spring.

Before I go, check out this hilarious little guy:

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I guess he’s letting me know what he thinks about my little indoor windowsill tomato garden idea! It totally cracked me up.

I’ll probably be back with a new post tomorrow, but with the recent technology bustup – and the subsequent enjoyment of being offline – I’m not sure. I kinda liked not being able to blog in the sense that it forced me to do other stuff, which were cooler things than anything I was doing online. So now I have mixed feelings. At least about the Monday through Saturday schedule that I’ve been maintaining for a long time now. Lately that seems a little much. But we’ll see how things go, ok? Thank you for your patience, and for visiting my site.

(Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Check out her blog!)

It doesn’t look or feel like November at my house.

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The container gardens are still robust.

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Blooming like crazy!

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I’ve been harvesting tomatoes every day. I’ve also taken cuttings of the tomato plants and have them rooting inside, on the foyer windowsill near the the basil plants I also brought inside.

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I’m looking forward to fresh basil all winter long. Hopefully tomatoes too, but if not, at least I won’t have to buy new plants in the spring.

In other news, the first of the three Schlumbergeras is blooming:

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The blooms look electric in the sunlight.

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

So cool! The plant who is blooming is Crissy, who I got for free from Jericho Nursery a couple of years ago. The others should follow suit shortly.

Speaking of awesome blooming plants, meet Olive Oyl, an Osmanthus plant I got as a gift from Ginny Burton (who also suggested the name, which I think is too cute):

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

I cannot get over how big of a punch those tiny blossoms pack – they are wonderfully fragrant. Thanks Ginny! I will paint a decorative container for it sometime this winter.

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

It’s time for the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again, yay! You know how much I love flowers!

Let’s start by checking out the backdoor container garden oasis on a recent afternoon:

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Shadows nonetheless, I’m still happy with how the containers have performed all summer. They have been a joy.

Also a joy, the Cosmos flowers in front:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

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Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I sure will miss them when they’re gone.

More from the back – the Marigolds making me happy:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

The Geraniums (somewhat) came back to life after a long absence this summer:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

The Gazanias also came back to life after an absence:

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Another fav is the Agastache:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

My fall bloomers are still blowing my mind, the Zauschneria ‘California fuchsia’:

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I have no regrets adding those to my garden.

Indoors, Candy, a Lime tree, is producing heavenly scents indoors:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, October 2013 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Lady Evermore, an Aeschynanthus, has blooms but they don’t produce a scent. Which is ok, because she makes up for it in color:

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And the Echeveria whose bloom is like the energizer bunny:

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It’s so nice to have blooms indoors.

Judging by the buds on the Schlumbergeras, next month will be packed with Christmas Cactus blooms. Fingers crossed anyway.

So that’s what’s blooming in and around my casa. If you like flowers as much as me, you should check out Carol’s blog over at May Dreams Gardens. She’s the one who suggested we post photos of our blooms around the 15thish of each month. Thanks Carol, for hosting again.

I’ll be back tomorrow with photos from those of you who don’t blog but still want to share their flowers with us. If you haven’t sent photos to me yet, you have plenty of time. Just shoot me an email.

I hope to see all of you back here.

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Sooooo, it’s been raining a LOT in New Mexico lately. You might think that’s great news for our drought-ridden state, and it is mostly. But it’s also wreaking havoc – flooding towns, washing away homes, damaging roads, forcing evacuations. In Madrid, NM, the rain washed coal off the mountain down into the businesses and homes below. The Red Cross had to open shelters all over the state. It’s been kind of a mess.

But not for me.

The flowers and vegetables at my house have been loving the rain. (With one exception, which I’ll get to in a minute.)

The rain finally got the Cosmos blooming, for which I’m very grateful. I’d expected prolific blooms in August but there had only been a spattering of them. Now they’re exploding with growth.

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

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

Oh, how I love them so! You can expect about fifty billion more photos of them in the coming weeks.

The rain also helped the little Zauschneria ‘California fuchsia’ I planted by the front door get blooming:

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I love those bright red blooms!

The rain has been helping the new Chayote plant grow:

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The ones I’d planted earlier in the year are still hanging on but they sure aren’t growing much. So I planted a new one a few weeks back and it’s looking good! I’m hoping that our growing season extends far enough into November to allow for the plant to produce some fruit. It’s a long shot, but a gal can hope.

The flowers that have not been happy with the rain are the Portulaca. Because I was silly enough to plant them in a container with no drainage. Sorry Portulacas!

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Wanh, wanh, wanh. Who knew there would be this much rain??? If it were me watering the Portulacas, they’d be underwatered not overwatered. They’re not dead but they are decidedly washed out looking. I’m crossing my fingers for a comeback for them.

I’m thankful that the rain hasn’t adversely affected me personally. My heart goes out to all those folks who have been forced out of their homes. Floods are no fun. Here’s to hoping they can recover soon.

I’ll be back tomorrow, 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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