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April 2003

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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Two photographs of the greenhouse interior and exterior that were taken on the 5th of April 2003. As you can see in the first picture, the standards are coming along nicely with lots of green growth. They have all been re-potted into fresh compost, and we are watering them sparingly, this is to encourage the plants to throw out roots into the new compost in the search for moisture. The bigger the root system we have on our standards, the better the plant will be, think of trees in the wild, the large ones spread their roots for hundreds of yards around. We too need to make the largest root system we possibly can on our standards. We do this by careful watering, only water when the plant really need it, don't keep the compost moist all the time, doing this will prevent the fuchsia from searching the compost for water.

This second shot is of two large plants of Star of Pink that are coming along nicely and throwing out lots of fresh green growth. We are having a period of warmish weather in the UK this March, so we put these large plants outside the greenhouse during the warmer days to harden them off to outdoor conditions, during the night they are placed back under cover in the greenhouse. We do this to prevent the plant suffering setback from the sudden change in temperature and conditions that can occur if we take the plant out of the greenhouse and leave it to fend for itself at this time of year. This is known as "hardening off" the plant.

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