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April 2002

All Aboard - Destination Unknown By Virginia Bickel

 This 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


Virginia Bickel's newest book 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 disappointed.

Dr. Sarah Barlow


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apr_2002a.jpg (38313 bytes) It was a lovely, sunny afternoon on the 8th of April when I took these photos. The first one is of three of the Waveney Sunrise standards that I'd had standing outside the greenhouse during the day to get some fresh air. I'm very pleased with these plants for the time of year, they have already been stopped once this season, they will be stopped again towards the end of May and look like they should make extremely large heads by the time of the shows in August. This year I'll be entering in two extra shows in that month, one at Mansfield and another, new show at Jacksdale.
apr_2002b.jpg (39664 bytes) Fuchsias blooming in April! These fuchsias don't appear to know they shouldn't be flowering yet. I tried growing on two standards of Pink Marshmallow last year for showing this. Unfortunately, they both want to flower before they've made any real growth. I removed the first flush of flowers, but they immediately made more, so I gave up on them and decided to just let them flower and see how they go. I hope they carry on blooming for the rest of the season, but I guess that's too much to ask for, isn't it?
apr_2002c.jpg (38819 bytes) This is a photo of the Easter cactus I grow on the window ledge in my kitchen. I realise it has nothing to do with fuchsia growing, but I'm so proud of it that I thought I'd put a picture of it online anyway. It's amazing when you realise that for two months of this year, the plant has been left alone to fend for itself while I've been away from home. I always let the plant go dry over the cold winter months, then after Christmas I feed it regularly with Miracle-gro and keep it moist.

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