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February 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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Three photographs of the greenhouse interiors that were taken on the 2nd of February 2003. We are having very cold weather, with both frosts and snow here in the midlands. A lot of the plants are showing the first signs of new green growth now and tiny little buds that herald new growth are forming. I've mentioned this before, but good advice always bears repeating. On every reasonable warm day I spray all the older, more woody plants with tepid water to soften the hard wood, this allows the pink buds to show through the bark. When there are lots of new buds showing I will repot the plants in new compost into pots of the same size.
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Once again I'd like to repeat some advice, this time I'd like to emphasize what I said about watering in January, during the colder months of the year we need to be very careful with the watering of all plants. We are aiming to keep them as dry as possible without them getting dust dry. We must try not to get the foliage wet while watering, as this can lead to mildew forming on the leaves in the closed conditions of a greenhouse. The best and safest way to water at this time of year is to stand the pots in a shallow dish of water for approximately ten minutes. During this time they will take up all the water they need.

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