Christmas Wishes 2021

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Wishing everyone everywhere all the peace, love, joy and happiness of this festive season and may the New Year bless you all with health, wealth, and even more happiness as well….➤ Read More

The winter solstice

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07:59 PST (15:59 UTC). The winter solstice. It's here. Some mistletoe, Viscum album, from De Historia Stirpium. This sumptuously illustrated herbal was published in 1542 by none other than our Leonhart Fuchs, namesake of the Fuchsia. Now on to brighter, longer days!➤ Read More

It's spelled f-u-c-h-s-i-a

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Fuchsia is often misspelled in English due to the odd pronunciation it’s been given. In fact, I’ve collected almost twenty variants. Spelling bee contestants especially, beware! I have the theory that the English pronunciation….➤ Read More

Georg Forster & Skinnera excorticata

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German naturalist Georg Forster was born today in 1754. Along with his father, Johann Reinhold Forster, the young Forster accompanied James Cook on his second voyage of discovery in the Pacific. At Queen Charlotte Sound in New Zealand….➤ Read More

The fuchsia spotlight. DebRon's Smokey Blues

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When Carol Gubler of Little Brook Fuchsias in the UK asked “What’s your favorite fuchsia?” on Zoom today, I had to answer that it’s usually “Love the one you’re with” with me and fuchsias. I’d be hard pressed to name just one and not all. Then it dawned on me….➤ Read More

A little night fire

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A question came up in Friday morning’s Fuchsia Friends Gossip Klatsch about an alternative form of Fuchsia ‘Firecracker’ that seems to making the rounds here in the US. Well, technically it was at 7:00 pm BDT so it’s probably more of a Bierfest. Anyway....➤ Read More

The Gartenmeister Bonstedt

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I do remember the first time I came across Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’. It was at a rather large, and I thought at the time, rather nice nursery. I was still mostly a teenager then. Fuchsias I already knew but...➤ Read More