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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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Christmas presents for my brugmansia

My Angel Trumpets will have a nice surprise soon when they are covered with a new shadehouse I'm building with the help of friends during the Christmas Holidays.  When completed there will be just under 9,000 sq ft of growing space under the cover of shade cloth.  During the winter growing season a layer of clear poly will add additional protection should we have sub-freezing weather.The toughest part of the construction project was sinking 80 sixteen foot 4x4's amongst my brugmansia.  Our ...
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Brugmansia Daydreams x Ludger's Windsong revisited

Now that our nights have cooled most of my Angel Trumpets have switched into bloom mode.  One that has certainly raised the bar in my hybridizing program is this Brugmansia Daydreams x Ludger's Windsong seedling.It is now in its second year of trialing and it just keeps getting better and better.  It survived our hot and steamy Florida Summer without a problem and it is especially loving our current weather.In warmer weather the blooms stay lemon yellow but when the weather cools they slowly ...
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Brugmansia Cherub continues to influence her offspring

Here is another offspring from the many crosses I made with Brugmansia 'Cherub'.  This angel trumpet  seedling is from a cross of Brumansia 'Cherub' x (Pink Smitty x Miss Ellie) #1.The picture above was taken on day one before it was fully open.  As you have most likely guessed, this bloom was sliced open after I shot these photos so it could be pollinated.  :)  The bloom did open up to a very nice full double.  The blooms on this seedling are medium in size and remain the soft pink color ...
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Brugmansia Cherub meets Orange Parfait

If you like your Angel Trumpets to have a light salmon color with great form, than you will like this seedling.  It is from a cross involving Brugmansia 'Cherub' x 'Orange Parfait'.Brugmansia 'Cherub' is a super performer here in Florida. It remains relatively bug free and forms a nice bloom canopy.  I used 'Cherub' in lots of crosses back in 2009 because of those qualities.Brugmansia 'Orange Parfait' is a recent introduction of Sommer Gardens that is a real winner.  It has masses of blooms ...
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If you like your Angel Trumpets white and flouncy...

This Angel Trumpet seedling was placed in my watch zone last summer and now it has earned keeper status.  It is from a cross involving Brugmansia Pink Perfektion x Orange Sunshine.The blooms are thick textured and long lasting.  I really like their flouncy look too.This seedling has been a frequent bloomer and its snow white blooms are an eye-catcher.It would have been nice if some of Brugmansia Orange Sunshine's color would have carried over to these blooms.  Perhaps a second generation ...
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Brugmansia Angels Endless Summer

Brugmansia Angels Endless Summer is a hybrid Angel Trumpet from German Hybridizer Anne Kirchner-Abel. It is currently showing off its second flush of blooms for this season.I have a bunch of Anne Kirchner-Abel hybrids in my collection and most are also being used in my hybridizing program.  Her cultivars all seem to thrive here in Florida so the genes are a great addition to our existing gene pool..The blooms age to a nice orange and if you look closely you can even see a tinge of pink in ...
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I guess you could call this Angel Trumpet an exotic butterfly

So far this Angel Trumpet cross involving Brugmansia Butterfly x Angels Exotic has yielded some interesting results.  Here's a recent bloomer that I placed into my watch zone.  This one I have labeled as seedling #7.The blooms are large and the corolla skirts compact. Because this was the first bloom on this seedling, it will be interesting to see what the next blooms are like.  Quite often it takes several bloom cycles for a seedling's blooms to evolve into their final form. The color was a ...
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This Angel Trumpet graduates to "keeper" status

Here's a beautiful Angel Trumpet that has earned a spot in my "keeper" zone and is now awaiting a name so I can register it.  I grew this beauty from brugmansia seeds I purchased from JT Sessions at Country Gardens.  The cross is brugmansia Goldfinch x Peanut.The blooms are more petite than most doubles with a color that is hard to describe.  The cooler the weather, the darker the blooms.  As the blooms mature the tendrils appear to wrap even tighter towards the bloom.  This plant has ...
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