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A local innkeeper knows New Mexico secrets and tells anyone who will listen.

A Hydrangea Grows in Burque

June 16th, 2013

hydrangea bonsai in training Those who know me well or read this blog know I like to screw around with plants. I like growing them, but I’ll experiment too. As if our southwestern climate of intense heat, low humidity and elevation at nearly a mile high in Albuquerque wasn’t enough, I also tortured plants for a few years as a budding bonsai novice.  Now I just coax plants back from near death as our harsh winter approaches each year in late fall.

Never say never is my plant mantra.

I did an impulse buy at the supermarket last summer and bought a blue hydrangea. Hyacinth, hibiscus, hyssop…these words usually all roll past my lips before I can come up with the name, hydrangea, I guess an affliction of my age. No matter.

I bought it because it was blue and I like blue flowers. After reading up a bit on hydrangeas I come to find that you must feed them iron to get pink ones to turn blue. Must be true, because you can see they are indeed pink.Hydrangea flower

They kind of resemble a bonsai too. The little pine bonsai you see being sold on street corners are not the only kind of plant you can bonsai. Fruit trees, elms, oaks and flowering plants are all used to create bonsai as well. Most any plant can be manipulated. Heck, most any thing can be manipulated as is evidence at the beach in the summer. Think about it.

The very first flower this one had this spring was the size of a dime. Wish I had taken a photo. I also wished I had stuck a rusty nail in it, or at very least, a Geritol pill. Iron poor tired blood = pink instead of blue hydrangea. This is how I have to remember things these days. Word associations. Old commercials. Whatever.

Enjoy your summer!Pink Hydrangea bonsai I sure have a fun time in Albuquerque!

Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

The Good BaD Tour of Albuquerque

June 1st, 2013

ABQ Breaking Bad Tour LogoMany cities have bad tours, but Albuquerque has the best Bad Tours in the World. So you may ask “why is this a good thing and why would anyone want to take a BaD Tour of Albuquerque anyway?”

Well, while thousands may ask that question upon seeing that The ABQ Trolley Co. has BaD Tours on their agenda this year, but only hundreds will actually get to experience this phenomenon in 2013. Tickets are limited and disappear quicker than Walt’s money at the All Fours Cabaret.

In 2012 the Albuquerque Trolley Co. were cleared by Sony to offer up a special tour of the filming locations of the TV Hit Series Breaking Bad, set in and filmed on location in Albuquerque, NM. The first Bad Tour was held on opening night of Season 4, and was such a huge success they had to add another, and then even more Bad Tours to their 2012 calendar. Back by popular demand, the 2013 tours are in full swing again this year and the second half Trolley Season Bad Tour ticket sales start today.

Albuquerque Breaking Bad Tour hostsBaD Tours ($65) -  July 21 & /28, Aug 18 & 25, Sept 1, 8 & 15
BaDder Tour ($80) – Aug 11, features special viewing party at Back Alley
and BaDdest Tour ($80) – Sept 29 – also features the viewing party at Back Alley

Back Alley Drafthouse Albuquerque logoPlease check the ABQ Trolley’s website for times and details of what is covered, but be assured that no two tours are exactly alike, because the owners are awesomely entertaining themselves and make all their tours a delight.

If you miss out on the Bad Tours, don’t hesitate to try one of the others they offer. Not a bad one in the bunch and these guys know Albuquerque better than just about anyone. They are definitely the BaDDest.

  • Note – The BaD Tour is rated ‘R’ for adult subject matter. Bring children at your own discretion. There are no refunds for ‘BaD Tour’ tickets. Due to the high demand for these tickets, there will not be any refunds for anyone who misses the tour. By the time the BaD tours are upon us, we’ve turned down many riders who are interested in joining us because the tours are “sold out.” Having a rider cancel the week of or the day of does not give us enough time to resell that ticket. Tickets are, however, transferable. Thank you for your understanding.

I know the best things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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