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May 2000

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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May1.jpg (64209 bytes) 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 really well.
May2.jpg (61914 bytes) 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.
May4.jpg (64379 bytes) 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.

May3.jpg (73512 bytes) 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.
May5.jpg (67654 bytes) 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.
Maycutt.jpg (67917 bytes) 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 pots. 

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.

May7.jpg (65952 bytes) 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 standards.
May8.jpg (71979 bytes) 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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