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Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under Pam-bigbustybikerbaby.blogspot.com and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on http://www.cx-gl.org.uk/) or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

MY HOBBY Fuchsias Part 1.



This might be of assistance to anyone with a fancy for Fuchsias. Before I start I must make it clear I'm no expert on the subject just someone's trials and observations on 35-40 yrs of growing them. I'm quite sure a real expert will disagree with some things I say, if thats the case So be it.
When Picking out your own Fuchsias here are a few things to think about, Firstly do you need them to be hardy, again hardy in Devon in not hardy in most of Scotland and the North. But as a general rule hardies tend to be smaller flowered but bigger plants, as they are in a permanent position. Pick your varieties (if you want to keep them outside) carefully. Next Question is possibly what type of,or size of, or colour of flowers do you like?. Probably the most differently shaped ones you will come across are the long tubed Triphylla type there are lots of other long tubed species but this is the most common I see. Thalia is possibly the best known.As well as flower shape and colour you also have foliage colour and shape, also the habit of the variety chosen ie trailing for tubs, baskets and bush types for borders ,pots and containers.The list is endless I did not start out to confuse anyone so if there is anything here your not sure of so far, my E-Mail address is in my profile. Here are a few photo's. One is of the long tube Thalia, the other of the beautiful variegated leaved "Golden Marinka".

10 Comments:

Blogger Barbee' said...

Whew! They are beautiful. Thank you for the encouragement.

3:21 pm  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

We see a lot of fuchsias in hanging baskets here in Canada in the summer. Our cold winters are too harsh for them to survive outside, so they are mostly grown in greenhouses. Beautiful flowers in so many combinations of colours.

7:40 pm  
Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

Just planted some trumpet vines and honey suckle yesterday. Rained all night. Hope these grow and cover the dead cherry tree.

Your photographs are very nice. I like them a lot.

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12:59 pm  
Blogger For now... said...

You are tempting me to give fuschias another try this summer. I have never had very good luck with them. But they are so pretty.

11:50 pm  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi all just got back from our travels.
barbee.go for it what have you to lose?
ex-shammie,dont give up on them try hardy onces in pots,take indoors or
bury whole pot in severe weather.
Abe,glad you like them my wife takes most of them.
for now, please please give them a try,e-mail me i will help if i can.
Thanks all of you its nice to see i'm being read. Bob

7:20 pm  
Blogger Peggy said...

Pretty fuchsias! I still remember the first one I ever had, good old Swingtime.

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