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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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The queen of variegated Angel Trumpets

This past week almost all my blooming size variegated Brugmansia cultivars have bloomed, or are in bud preparing to bloom. One of the more floriferous of the variegated Angel Trumpets is Brugmansia Variegated Apricot Queen.While my main plant is still rather small, about 3 feet above the pot, it must have close to 40 pendulous blooms cascading down from its canopy. As you can see the leaf variegation is lighter than many of the variegated Brugmansia.  The leaves of Variegated Apricot Queen ...
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Wupperstolz blooms!

I was finally able to see a bloom on my Brugmansia Wupperstolz plant.  While the bloom was showing signs from taking a beating from our summer heat and thunderstorms, it still shows the potential beauty of this variegated Angel Trumpet.  When Wupperstolz bloomed for the first time a few weeks ago, I was out of town for work so I never was able to see the fully open bloom.  Besides the bloom that is open now I hope to see a few more later this week if the buds hold.  Blooming to the right of ...
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A peachy new Angel Trumpet

This new Angel Trumpet seedling is showing off coloration similar to that of Brugmansia Georgia Peach.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Orange Zest and Genevieve.The blooms start out cream colored and then turn more golden with a hint of pink. While this bloom is a bit ragged looking from our summer heat and thunderstorms, I feel this seedling has potential and is worthy of watching. I have also been impressed by a couple of other seedlings from this cross.I bet the coloration ...
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Some morning sunshine from an Angel Trumpet

One morning last week I was greeted with this rather unique bloom on a new Angel Trumpet seedling.  The cross is Brugmansia Angel's Swingtime x Orange Zest.It appears as if this seedling wants to have multi-skirted blooms, but currently it is confused.  That is not that uncommon because many times it takes multiple bloom cycles for a seedling to get its act together and the blooms stabilize.  That is why it is important for hybridizers to grow a seedling out for multiple seasons before ...
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A naked seed pod

The skin on some Brugmansia seed pods can be as tough as leather, allowing a ripe pod to hang on the plant for weeks and weeks after it has dried.  For others, the skin disintegrates in a matter of days.  Within a couple of weeks after ripening the pod may look like the one pictured below.I caught this pod just in time.  When I held it to snip it off the plant, it completely fell apart leaving me clutching a handful of Angel Trumpet seeds.  Fortunately the weather had been calm for the week ...
Categories:Hybridizing
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Angel Trumpet Brugmansia Painted Lady x Adeline

Here's another nice double pink Angel Trumpet that has been blooming frequently this summer.  The seedling is from a cross between Brugmansia Painted Lady and Adeline.The blooms on this seedling are nicely formed and average in size.  With so many new double pink seedlings in bloom, it is really going to be a challenge for me to decide which ones are worthy of naming and registering.
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Angel Trumpet Podfest 2011

In recent weeks I have been harvesting ripe seed pods from my Spring Brugmansia crosses.  After two consecutive years of freezes and very few seed pods, this bountiful seed pod harvest is well appreciated.Our summer heat arrived early this year so many of the seed pods were smaller than usual.  This means I have fewer seeds from each cross than I had anticipated, This does not mean that I have a shortage of seeds to sow, I'll just have fewer seeds to share with members of the International ...
Categories:Hybridizing
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