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November 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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Continuing the tutorial on growing standard fuchsias - Part 5: So we now have the standards we've trained in the greenhouse, we need to make sure that we look after them properly through the winter months if we want to keep them in use next year. Any that we haven't brought inside, must be moved into the greenhouse this month. If the top growth or stem gets frosted, the plant may not die altogether, but it will almost certainly die back to the base, and all the hard work we put into training the plant, would be lost.

Unlike normal bush type fuchsias which can survive in a dormant state through the winter months, standards need to be kept ticking over in order to make sure the head is maintained. This means that they should preferably be overwintered in an heated greenhouse. Though if we don't have one we can try keeping them in a frost free shed or garage.

If the temperature in our greenhouse, shed or garage fluctuates greatly, we can give the plant added protection by wrapping the stem in foam pipe lagging. We are aiming to keep the plant ticking over through the colder months, then in the spring we will cut back the head a little more to encourage the standard to produce a new flush of vigorous shoots that will make next summer's display.

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