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, November 06, 2007


Above "Tennesse Waltz" a lovely hardy variety that has a long flowering season and can be trained to do most things.
"La Campanella" is a small very prolific flowerer and a vigorous bush or standard.
Above one of my favourite hanging basket varieties "Harry Gray" this fuchsias is a perfect hanging basket variety, being a very very prolific small flowered type, plant three or four of these in a hanging basket and stand back and wonder when in flower.Beautiful.
This variety above is "Royal velvet"a nice vigorous upright double, ideal for pots, planters ets.
Probably the most popular, and certainly one of the easiest to grow and train to do anything that you want is "Swingtime", above.
Above another lovely upright variety "Dark Eyes"I find this variety is particularly susceptible to sun or shade and so can vary wildly in flower colour according to where you site it.
Above "circus Spangles" a double that is a hanging basket variety, this flower is just about over.
Above a flower of "Tennesse Waltz" a semi double hardy variety.

Its amazing that I still have as many Fuchsias in flower in November, I'm waiting to cut them back and take some of them out of their containers to use for spring bulbs but I feel loathe when they'r as nice as they still are.


Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Still growing the lovely flowers Bob? They look great!

Thanks for your funny comments!

And also thanks for the spam link.

Winter is coming!

3:47 pm  
Blogger Peggy said...

Swingtime and Dark Eyes arel favourites around here along with La Campanella and Harry Gray. We also like Annabelle because we have three friends named Annabelle. My first ever fuchsia was Swingtime so I have a special fondness for it.

10:24 am  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi peggy, funnily enough my first two were "Swingtime" and a not so well known one "Eva Boerg", that was a long long time ago 1982-3.

12:03 am  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Bikerbob,,, Ohh I just love your Fuchsias,, IM going to have to try get swingtime, and Royal velvet, I think your swingtime might be called Bellarina, over here, ill check it out in the next few days...

11:37 am  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi Jeanette, all, Fuchsias keep the same name all over the world but there are thousands of them so obviously quite a lot of them look similar. With a lot you can only tell the difference by perhaps leaf colour or even the habit ie whether its an upright, bush or trailer.(By the way we have "Ballerina" over here to).

9:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, please where around here, im in Torquay, can you get Harry Gray, its my wifes fathers name and as he has just passed away thought it would be nice to get it for her as a sort of rememberance plant

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