story takes four children: Amanda, Peter, Laura and
Jason from New York City to a small town in west Texas
and describes good times and bad times as they grow
from childhood to adulthood
Come September has just been released. Order it now!
In Virginia Bickel?s second book, she turns from
historical fiction to mystery. Come September is the
story of Daniel Lindsey?s quest to identify the young
woman found unconscious in front of his store, and to
find out what she was doing on Mesa Street, in El
Paso, Texas. She brings to this genre her skill with
character development and dialogue. You won't be
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Continuing the tutorial on growing standard fuchsias - Part 2: To the left you
can see a photograph of the young cutting of Waveney sunrise that we are
growing on to create a new standard fuchsia. We are still removing any
sideshoots that may appear on the main stem immediately they appear. I'd
just like to point out that the correct name for the stem of a young
standard is a whip, so from now on we will refer to it by that name. If
you have been following our progress with the whip, you will note that we
have now potted it up into a larger pot. it's been moved up from a 5"
to a 6". The time to do this is when the roots are beginning to
circle around the side of the pot the whip is in. Do not allow it to
become pot bound until it is in it's final pot, always move it into a
larger size when the roots are around the side of the pot.
We have had a small problem with this whip in that it has been forming
flower buds in the leaf joints. We do not want these buds to mature, so
the correct procedure it to keep removing them. If we don't, the plant
will put all it's energy into the flowers, and not into growing a longer
stem. So check regularly for buds, and if you find any remove them. These
buds sometimes begin forming when the plant has been left for too long in
a smaller pot and become pot-bound. So check the plant often to make sure
this doesn't happen. I can assure you that it did not happen with this
particular plant. :) ( To be continued next month...)
Here is a shot of the inside of the greenhouse. As you can see there are
two standards of Pink Marshmallow in flower. One on the left of the
picture and the other at the far right. This cultivar begins flowering at
the start of the season and continues right through to the end. This makes
a great show of blooms early and late in the year, there is just one small
idiosyncrasy of this plant that detracts from the spectacle. The flowers
don't last very long, within a day or so they begin fading and turning
brown. Otherwise it is an excellent fuchsia.
Another photo, this time it's of some regal pelargoniums that I have
standing on my fuel bunkers. The one on the right, Black Knight, is a very
popular one when taken to shows. Most people like the dark, wine red
blooms that it produces in abundance.
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