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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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This new double yellow Angel Trumpet will "wow" you

My Angel Trumpet seedlings have rewarded me with a bunch of promising yellow/orange blooms this year.  Out of the entire lot, this one stands out above the rest.  It is a seedling from a cross involving Brugmansia Day Dreams x Ludger's Windsong.Often yellow brugmansia blooms take on some orange coloration as they age, but not this one.  This seedling stays yellow from start to finish.The blooms are medium in size and long lasting, even in our Florida heat.  So far it has been a great ...
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Another Shooting Star illuminates the summer sky

Here's another Angel Trumpet cross involving Brugmansia Shooting Star that is currently in bloom.   This is just one of more than a dozen seedlings I have growing from a cross I made between Brugmansia Shooting Star x Masquerade.The blooms are thicker in texture and as you can see, are holding up quite well in our hot and muggy summer weather.The blooms are medium in size, in keeping with the size of its parent's blooms.  The plant is very healthy and pest free.  I recall it having a light ...
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What a difference a day makes...

The peachy cool exotic hibiscus I posted a photo of in my previous post just bloomed again.  Wow, what a difference!This was a dinner plate size bloon, about double in size from the previous photo I posted.  I can't wait to see what the next bloom looks like.
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An Exotic Hibiscus seedling that is peachy cool..

Here's the first bloom on an exotic Hibiscus cross involving ((Mystic x Cajun SW) x Nightfire) x Sun Shower,  It really has an unusual peachy coloration to it. I'm not sure what is going on with the tuft, but I may find out soon as this seedling has 3-4 more buds that should open over the next few days.  I expect the next blooms to look even better.
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A golden Angel Trumpet orphan

Today's featured Angel Trumpet is an orphan, meaning I have no idea who its parents are.  I wish I knew because this brugmansia is a real beauty.This is just one of many brugmansia seedlings I have that are either missing a tag, or the cross was unknown when I grew the seeds out.  Although knowing the parentage is great, it is not a deal breaker when it comes down to deciding which seedlings are going to be carried forward in my breeding program.  This seedling is certainly one i will carry ...
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A Creamsicle Brugmansia

Today I'm featuring a new Angel Trumpet seedling that has brugmansia Creamsicle as its father. Looking at these two blooms side by side you can see where the Creamsicle part fits in.  The newer bloom on the right is cream colored while the older bloom is orange. Combine the two and you have a Creamsicle! Meet today's featured seedling, a cross between brugmansia Rubiline x Creamsicle.  The blooms pictured below are about 2 days apart in age.
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Itsy bitsy teeny weeney Angel Trumpet revisited

This is a follow-up post to the Itsy bitsy teeny weeney Angel Trumpet post I made a few days ago.  I wanted to wait until the second bud opened to make certain this seedling was going to continue to produce miniature blooms, and it has!  I'm totally psyched!  This seedling is going to perform an important role in my future breeding program.  Here is a bloom from Naughty Nick x Cleopatra fully open:As you can see, the blooms are triples and there is even a tinge of color in them.  I do not ...
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Itsy bitsy teeny weeney Angel Trumpet

This has to be one of the smallest Angel Trumpet blooms I have seen this season.  It is from an Angel Trumpet cross involving Brugmansia Naughty Nick x Cleopatra.  Of course with this being the first bloom on this seedling, you never know if it is just an anomaly or if this is going to be the norm for blooms on this plant. I'm sure this bloom is going to be a triple.  I plan to slice it open tonight and check for pollen and perhaps cross it back to another brug seedling with miniature ...
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