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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I'm posting the March
information a little early this year. I will be in the USA getting married
during that month, so am using a page I made some time ago - We are now into March, and with the lengthening of the
days the plants are now really starting to show new growth. They will all
need re-potting or potting up. The standard fuchsias that we started off
last year are now in 6 inch pots and ready for being moved into larger
ones. Some growers move them up progressively by increasing the pot size
by 1" or 2" at a time. I always move them from a 6" pot
into a 10" pot. I then grow them on for the shows in this 10"
pot. In the first photo you can see the plant in it's 6" pot and
beside it the 10" one it will be moved into.
The second photo shows me re-potting the plant into the
10" pot after knocking it from the smaller one. The trick here is to
make sure that you keep tapping the pot on the table while you put the new
compost around the rootball. This helps the compost fill in all air gaps
that there may be. While you're doing this tapping, make sure that you
have the plant in a vertical position, we want the plant to be vertical
when viewed from any direction. The plant may also be more prone to wind
damage if it's not vertical.
In the third photo you can see the plant finally potted
vertically in it's new 10" pot. We now need to persuade it to make
lots of new roots into the new compost, the bigger the root system of a
fuchsia, the bigger the plant you can grow. So we give it a good watering
to settle the compost, and then we leave it without water until the
compost is very nearly dry. This makes the plant feel threatened, it needs
water and the only way it can avert the threat is to get it, so it sends
out new white roots into the surrounding compost to search for it.
From now on, until the plant has filled the pot with
roots, we will only water it sparingly, the whole aim of this exercise is
to get that 10" pot full of new roots. When we have that, we know
that we have the basis for a large standard fuchsia.
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