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October 2001

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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oct2001a.jpg (69331 bytes) We're well into October now and the fuchsias have all been prepared for the winter and packed into the greenhouse. Here are a couple of photographs, taken on the afternoon of the Wednesday 10th  October  2001 that show the cut back plants. The first one is of the smaller end of the greenhouse. On the staging to the left are some cuttings of Jenny Sorensen and Sneezy, two plants that I purchased this year, with the intention of exhibiting them  in the shows next August. I took lots of cuttings from them during the summer. In the center of the picture are some standards that have been cut back hard to make a tight head for next year, and on the right are some pelargoniums and geraniums that have also been cut back ready for the winter months. 
oct2001b.jpg (81032 bytes) This second shot is of the larger end of the greenhouse, on the left are geraniums and pelargoniums that have been cut back, and in the center are more of the heavily cut back standards. On the right are fuchsias which will be grown as bush plants and  have also been cut back to make a tight head for next year. Fuchsias only flower on new wood, so it's important that they be cut back hard, this encourages the plant to make new growth from low down on the stems and helps make a nice tight head with foliage down to the edge of the pot. But you must do the cutting back in September, so that the cut branches heal before the onset of cold damp weather.

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