Welcome to Fuchsia Land!
Hello! I'm pleased to meet you. Welcome to
Fuchsialand! My name is Alfie Geeson and I live in the small town of
Kirkby in Ashfield, which is located in the county of Nottinghamshire, in
the East Midlands of England. I decided to combine my two all-consuming
hobbies, growing and exhibiting Fuchsias and Geraniums, and spending lots
of time on my computer, by creating this website, Fuchsialand, dealing
with the many facets of growing and exhibiting Fuchsias. I will, over
these coming months, be creating further pages containing information on
the many different methods of growing these lovely plants. Information
regarding these additions will be published in Site News, please check it
out whenever you visit the website. Would you also please take the time to
I have shown Fuchsias for many years now
and have had some small successes during that time. I erected my first
greenhouse in around 1979 in the small garden I have with my flat in
Kirkby in Ashfield. I was hooked on fuchsias and needed the greenhouse to
grow and overwinter the plants. I can still remember the first time I was
ever awarded a prize for one of my
plants, I'd been
showing for two or three years without getting a place in the first three
when one wonderful day I went to the plant viewing, which takes place
after the judges have completed their task, and discovered that I had won
a third prize. I was so elated and excited. I've won many prizes since
that day, but none have affected or excited me in the way that humble
third place did.
I've enjoyed growing Fuchsias as an amateur
for longer than I care to remember and have always entered my plants in
the local shows. My own preference is to grow
Why? Well, I think they are more of a challenge than growing a Fuchsia as
a shrub or bush, and a well grown standard in an exhibition will always
get those extra points needed to win first prize.
I created this site with the intention of
sharing the pleasure I get from growing these wonderfully adaptable plants
with all of you who find this site on the wide and wonderful web. I will
also be logging my progress and taking lots of Fuchsia photographs during
the next few years as I care for some Fuchsia cuttings taken during the
year 2000, and grow them on
throughout the coming months to hopefully win, or at least get placed in
one of the Fuchsia classes at each of the following two shows.
First, The Ashfield District Horticultural Show to be held on
9th and 10th of August
2003, at Lawn Park, close to Sutton in Ashfield
in Nottinghamshire, and secondly, The Moorgreen Country Show which will be
held on the 24th and 25th
of August 2003 at Moorgreen Showground, near to
the village of Moorgreen in Nottinghamshire. Please note that Fuchsia
Shows here in the UK are competitive events, with prizes being awarded for
1st, 2nd and 3rd. I hope you will accompany me on this mission to try and
secure one of these awards at the 2003 shows.
We have already had
great success at the 2001 and 2002 shows.
I have included the latest
schedules for the
Fuchsia classes in the two shows.
Full directions and
maps to the showgrounds are provided.
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