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40 Seeds Columbine “Black Barlow” (Aquilegia vulgaris) Seeds by Seed Needs

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

All 40 seeds were planted three months ago, and so far four seedlings have sprouted. Nowhere near ready to have flowers yet, but am very happy with the seedlings! Columbines tend to have uneven germination rates so I’m not giving up on the rest of them yet. Especially as we head into the colder months…they like the cold. I’ll update my review once the flowers start showing and I can comment on their gorgeousness.

Update: I have two surviving plants out of the 40 seeds planted. The flowers were smaller than I thought they would be, but then, the picture didn’t show size context. I am very happy with my Black Barlows and would plant again, given that I love unusually dark flowers. They have survived well through our Zone 9 winter in pots!

Excellent for Allergies!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

My doctor explained how Vitamin A eliminated his allergies. This product is a fantastic solution to allergies in a dry supplement. I didn’t want oily or fishy, so this is perfect!

I used to suffer from terrible seasonal allergies, particularly to pollen, dust, grass, and trees. I’m also allergic to cats and dogs, and considering that I have four cats and love to be around dogs, I had no choice but to get rid of the allergies. Now I take Vitamin A instead of allergy meds. I’ve used Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec, Zycam, and a number of homeopathic remedies from Hyland’s and Similisan, and this particular Vitamin A trumps all. I wouldn’t want to be without it. Solgar also makes a great dry one. If Thorne isn’t available, that’s what I buy.

It’s also fabulous for my skin. For a skincare supplement, it’s hard to beat Vitamin A.

FYI, the cats I’m referring to are indoor only. I don’t know if I’d still react badly to cats tracking in allergens from the outdoors, but working out in the yard among all the usual triggers doesn’t affect me anymore, so I’m guessing it would be ok. We would never let our cats loose outside, allergies or not.

Gardman R700 5-Shelf Steel Frame Greenhouse

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I’ve been very happy with my Gardman Greenhouse, except that it’s tearing away from its zipper towards the bottom. Really not cool, considering it’s only been in use about a month!

The pros: love that the cover is dark enough to keep seedlings from being burned by direct sun; the moveable shelves; lightweight enough to pick it up and move it if it’s in the wrong place; it looks great in the garden! Nothing says “serious gardener” like a greenhouse, and I’m a show-off!

The con: the tear that I mentioned. It doesn’t affect its function, but after only a month in very gentle hands: really?! It’s about six inches now.

I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of this item over the years. Even if the cover wears out from the elements, I’ll always use the shelves and grids. It’s fastened to the ground with landscape staples and leaning against the side of the house so the wind can’t knock it over. If it weren’t fastened down, it would blow over probably by blowing on it — this is a VERY lightweight item! I love it!