Thursday, January 28, 2010

More Camellia

Spent a good day outside trimming back cold damaged plants.

Had to take another snapshot of the varigated camellia:
The flowering cherry is blooming.

I have another bit of info I would like to share with my viewers:

I recently had to purchase a new battery for my laptop computer. Searching around on the internet I found "Laptops for Less" who sells batteries for the laptops. I ordered the one for my computer. When it came and was installed, my computer sent a message across the screen that the battery was "incompatible".

I logged on and requested a RMA# from Laptops for Less so that I could return the battery.
(You only have 30 days to do this.) So far, after two requests, I have not had any response from them. I'm probably stuck with spending that $75.

Beware of this company!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Greenhouse

Someone asked that I show off my GreenHouse, so while it was a beautiful day I grabbed the camera.


The dirty work side of the GH

A bench for a rest stop
Ed's barn

Pink Perfection

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A trip to the greenhouse

Peonies that I ordered are up and one has a
bloom formed.

Christmas Cactus

Pitiful! My beautiful Night Blooming Cerus
is badly damaged. I'll leave it alone to see
what it does to come back, then I'll prune.

Ed's tomatoes are up.

First Camellia blooms


A little Tip

This is just a little tip for you gardeners. It is not a paid advertisement.

A couple of years ago I started using a creme on my face that I ordered by the name of eb5 (Heldfond Formula). I think I saw it in the newspaper--not sure. Although it was used on my face, the side affect was that it softened my hands that were so rough from gardening. They stay soft from rubbing it onto my face!
They have a website
Overall Impression
EB5 has minimal marketing to sell this product, and it seems to be something that is geared more toward a mature age group. The company also does not post any clinical trials to prove that the product actually works to minimizes wrinkles, but it is still a very inexpensive product. The main issue that comes up is the use of parabens in the formula, which can irritate and redden the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin or rosacea. There are no unique ingredients found in EB5 that cannot be found in many other skin care products. This product does not stand out from other skin care products on the market, especially since there is not detailed information available as to its benefits.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Finally, a day in the sunshine!

It was great to be able to get outside in the sunshine today! I spent the afternoon cleaning up in the greenhouse.
Unfortunately, the greenhouse wasn't able to keep out some of the extreme cold that we recently experienced. I had to do a lot of cutting back and some pitching into the trash. I lost a lot of orchids, but maybe some will come back--we'll hang on to them to give a chance.
It looks a lot better in there now.
Ed raked out the flower beds and mulched it with the lawn mower. Next, he will top them off with fresh pinestraw.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


It has been a long time since we've had weather this cold in the Mobile, Al area. Our heater has been running non-stop to keep up a somewhat comfortable temperature.
Last night was the end of many of my plants. Some will come back from root, however, some are gone for good. I had a split leaf philadendron by the porch that had grown as high as the porch roof--now gone.
Thankfully, we have the greenhouse for safekeeping of the potted plants such as orchids which have been in bloom.