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Mutant in paradise... Mutant in paradise...

Mutant in paradise...

Last season I ramped up my brugmansia hybridizing efforts using brugmansias with mutant and deeply serrated foliage.  The results of those...
Just what I need, another garden vice... Just what I need, another garden vice...

Just what I need, another garden vice...

Just what I need on my already overflowing plate, another garden vice! I'm totally swamped with my brugmansia hybridizing program  yet I...
An elegant brugmansia seedling earns keeper status An elegant brugmansia seedling earns keeper status

An elegant brugmansia seedling earns keeper status

I've been watching this brugmansia seedling perform for several years now and decided it was time to make it a keeper!
Looking back into the past.... Looking back into the past....

Looking back into the past....

It is hard to imagine that it has been nearly 5 years since I was actively posting to my garden blog. Today is the start of a new era as I commit to...
Introducing Brugmansia 'Audrey Lea' Introducing Brugmansia 'Audrey Lea'

Introducing Brugmansia 'Audrey Lea'

Brugmansia 'Audrey Lea' is a recent Sommer Gardens introduction with nearly red double blooms.  When you see the photo album below...

Fred's Garden Blog

After a nearly five year hiatus, Fred's Garden Blog is back! Now you can enjoy and experience the gardening exploits and adventures of Fred in his quest to hybridize brugmansia and keep his jungle and nursery under control.

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Another Angel Trumpet to watch from Cassies Curls.

Brugmansia Cassies Curls is an Angel Trumpet that I used extensively in my breeding program a couple of years ago.  Since then I have been rewarded with lots of great seedlings, many of which have been moved to my watch zone.  Here's one I recently decided to place in my summer trials.This is from an unknown cross with Brugmansia Cassies Curls as the pod parent.  The color deepens and the corolla teeth turn more orange as the blooms mature.  I especially like the form and semi-nodding style ...
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Brugmansia Lizzy x Angel's Goldface

When I made this cross between Brugmansia Lizzy and Angel's Goldface I was hoping that a couple of the seedlings would produce a golden version of Lizzy's triple blooms. To date, three seedlings have bloomed and all three Angel Trumpet seedlings have yielded single yellow blooms.  Here is the most recent seedling from this cross to bloom.I'm certain that a couple of the seedlings in this batch will end up in my summer watch zone.  The blooms so far have been a nice rich yellow that deepen to ...
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Brugmansia Sommerzauber x Cassies Curls

A cross I made a few years ago between Brugmansia Sommerzauber x Cassies Curls has generated several great looking Angel Trumpet seedlings.  Here's one that is in its second year of trialing.The blooms start out a vibrant yellow and then age to a nice warm orange color. Brugmansia Sommerzauber's blooms are mostly a cream color, but under certain growing conditions will turn a nice soft yellow..  Brugmansia Cassies Curls has injected some stronger color genes into the offspring.  So far all ...
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Brugmansia Creamsicle x Dorthea

Here's a seedling from an Angel Trumpet cross involving two classics, Brugmansia Creamsicle x Dorthea.It has a very simple, yet elegant form for a double bloom. The outer corolla skirt had a tinge of pink in it, but the color did not intensify as the bloom matured. The blooms were not quite as large as those of its mother.I plan to carry this seedling over through summer to see how it performs in our heat.
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Birds gone wild!

Now that the majority of my Angel Trumpets are growing in an enclosed shade house I never expected birds to become a nuisance....that is until I discovered this giant birds nest with plastic plant tags as one of the primary building materials!  Now I know why so many of my plants are missing their identification tags.For the past couple of years I have had problems with birds yanking the pot tags out of my Angel Trumpets in my open growing area. I assumed the birds were after the snails that ...
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Angel Trumpet Brugmansia Aprikola x Joli

Several years ago I made a bunch of crosses with Brugmansia Aprikola as the pod parent.  Unfortunately I lost most of those seedlings in the freezes of the winter of 2009.  Recently I noticed that one of the few lone survivors was in bloom. Here's Brugmansia Aprikola x Joli showing off some great form.I plan to hold this Angel Trumpet seedling over through the summer to see what it does.  The one advantage is has over its mother is that the blooms are not as stuffed as those of Brugmansia ...
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This new Angel Trumpet is on fire!

This Angel Trumpet seedling is a sibling to one I featured last month. It was placed in my watch zone last Spring and since then it has developed into a real gem.  The cross is Brugmansia Cassies Curls x (Ludger's Summer Dream x Creamsicle).The bloom on the left almost appears as if it is a dancing flame.  Another trait that I really like with these blooms is that the color extends all the way up the corolla tube.  I plan to continue to watch this one into the summer before deciding if it is ...
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