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 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 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, April 03, 2007

MY HOBBY Fuchsias Part 2.

About 4-5 weeks ago I took a few Fuchsia cuttings just as the early parent plants started making growth, These I planted in a mixture of growbag compost and some sharp silver sand that I obtained about 8 years ago, I have been unable to find it exactly the same since. Now perhaps I should mention before I go much further, I must admit I'm afraid that I still use all Peat based composts. I know I shouldnt but 2 years ago I went peat free with disastrous results, possibly not the fault of the medium but the total cost of my losses were over £90 which I can ill afford, then there is my loss of time and enjoyment to consider to. Perhaps one day I will be forced to use peat free until then I will just feel guilty. Now back to my cuttings ,these were deposited on my (our) bedroom window sill (I get grief every year over this) until last sunday morning when I brought them down to start hardening off in the cold frame. This morning I potted on about 70% of them (the rooted ones) which are pictured, also the donor plants which i will use again and again, a lot of these will still make very reasonable plants. Also in the pictures are Busy Lizzie seedlings Allysum, Lobelia and trailing begonia plantlets.


Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Hey mister green fingers, I bet you get pure joy from growning all your plants, the flowers at the front of your house look lovely, what a treat for the neighbours!

have a great Easter mate!

9:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where in the world do you put all of these when they are grown? I never saw so many.

I also see Martin has been here.

Brookville Daily Photo

10:49 am  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Do you take some of your seedlings with you to berrynarbor?
BTW lovely pics of Watermouth, I spent many hours pottering about there!

1:54 pm  
Blogger Haddock said...

Happy Easter! I have my tomato seedlings in the bathroom at the moment (it faces south). They'll be in the cold frame next week for hardening off.
That is an impressive ammount of cuttings/seedlings that you have on the go there!

4:32 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

I saw a bunch of fuchsias this week and thought of you way down in Devon.

How does one overwinter a fuchsia groomed into a standard shape? I had one once and it didn't survive the winter. I don't want to try it again for fear of killing once the summer is over.

6:06 am  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi all just got home from our latest trip,thank you for the welcome comments.
To answer a couple of your questions I love growing plants of all types,and we take a few for our baskets and tubs on the caravan site i also have a small plot of ground nr the front of the van.
The biggest problem is trying to persuade some one to water them while we are away until they are established.

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