story takes four children: Amanda, Peter, Laura and
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and describes good times and bad times as they grow
from childhood to adulthood
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This photo was taken in the afternoon of 3rd
May 2000. It contains all the cuttings that are being grown on for
next year. You can clearly see the scorch damage on the leaves that the
cuttings in the trays suffered when I accidentally left them uncovered.
Thankfully the majority of the affected ones recovered and are doing
This is another shot of the small trays showing the leaf
damage in far greater detail. Notice how the scorching is restricted to
the cuttings that were at the end of the tray that was closest to the
glass when I left them uncovered. These cuttings are so much smaller
because of this setback.
This is the cutting of Waveney Sunrise that is being
grown on as a standard. This is a really vigorous cutting and is doing
very well. Note that I already have it tied in to a small cane.
As the plant grows I will continue to tie it in to a
support, gradually increasing the length and thickness of the canes.
Standard fuchsias spend their life tied to a cane, the stem is not strong
enough to support the head without one. I'm hoping this will make an
excellent standard for next years shows.
These are the pots of Star of Pink and Waveney Sunrise,
they are now well rooted and growing well, and in another week or so will
be ready for going into three inch pots. Note the vigorous one on the left
being grown as a standard.
A shot of some Waveney Sunrise standards that are being
grown for this years shows. They are looking very good considering
the weather we've had over here in the UK. (Almost constant rain) Note the
natural gas heater in the center, I keep this small greenhouse much warmer
than the other to encourage faster growth. They will be ready for potting
on into ten inch pots in a couple of weeks or so.
These are the cuttings that were taken in April. This
picture was taken on Wednesday
10th of May. They have now been potted up into three inch square
They will remain in these pots until they fill them with
roots, they will then be moved into a one inch bigger sized pot. We should
always follow this procedure of potting them up one inch at a time until
they are in a pot size that we want to flower them in.
It's obvious on this photo that the ones that were
accidentally exposed to the sun are much smaller than the ones that
weren't. But at least they survived.
Here is a photograph of the cuttings taken on the 24th
of May. The ones to be grown on as bush plants have been stopped
(i.e. had the growing tip pinched out) to make them bush out and throw
lots of branches from the leaf joints. Note the rapid increase in growth.
The ones tied to canes to the left are the ones chosen to be grown as
This is a photograph, taken on the 24th
of May, of the cuttings that will be grown as standards, note they
have been tied to canes and the growing tip has been left intact. Any
sideshoots that grow out from the leaf joints (except for the top two
sets) will be pinched out allowing all the strength of the plant to go
into producing a long, strong, straight stem, which will be tied in to the
cane as it grows. Thicker, longer canes will be used as the stem thickens,
the head will be created when the plant stem reaches the desired height.
Standards spend all their life tied to a cane, the stem is not strong
enough to support the head without one in windy conditions.
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