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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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A monster Angel Trumpet illuminates the night

While we still have a couple of days until the full moon, this Angel Trumpet was glowing under the moonlit sky when I made my rounds tonight.  It's another seedling from the cross between  brugmansia Orange Sunshine and Pink Smitty.  The only thing special about this bloom is that it is a monster.  The face of the bloom has to be at least 12 inches across!
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A German Angel Trumpet seedling that loves to bloom

Today's features Angel Trumpet seedling is one I have been growing for a couple of years now.  It is a cross between brugmansia Color Point x Angel's Flight, both from Germany.  The blooms are large and plentiful and the plant is a vigorous grower. It has a very strong resemblance to its mother, Color Point. I have used this Angel Trumpet seedling in dozens and dozens of crosses since last year, both as a pod parent and as a father.  I'm hoping a few of the Angel's Flight genes have been ...
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Back on track.....

I hope!For the past few months I have encountered major web issues with our current host that has rendered my blog useless. Hopefully that is behind me know and I can start posting again.  I think my blog will be a useful tool for posting pictures and comments on new brug seedlings as they evolve.  After this past winter's devastating freezes, my seedlings have rebounded and almost everyday I am greeted with new blooms.  Watch for plenty of new pictures starting this week!
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Not again.....

That's what crossed my mind Sunday morning when I stumbled upon another downed fox in my yard. I heard the ruckus during the night, but had no idea my dog Inga was battling with another fox.  I assumed she was harassing my resident armadillos that frequently rummage through my yard at night. There must be some deep hatred for foxes embedded in her genes.  What was really strange this time around is that when I moved the fox's head to get a better view,  Inga ran up and gave me a puzzled look ...
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The aftermath.....

Now that both myself and my plants have thawed out, I can assess the freeze damage.  It is not a pretty sight around here as you can see by looking at this picture of one of my larger angel trumpets, brugmansia Coral Glow.    Fortunately it did not get nearly as cold as many forecasters had predicted.  The low temperature hovered around 29 for a couple of hours and briefly dropped to 28.  That is much better than the 24-26 that was forecast to be the low.Over the weekend I was able to assess ...
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Death Watch

Here we go, the temperature just dropped down to 32f and it is only 10:00pm.  I was hoping tonight's weather forecast would be wrong, as they often are, but this one is one is dead on.  Accuweather did not have the temperature dropping below freezing till 5:00am, but Weather Underground was predicting 30 at 10:00pm.  This is not good, we could have 8 hours below freezing!   Now it's 31.4, yikes!!!!  Accuweather is forecasting a low of 28 by dawn, while Weather Underground predicts ...
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D-day

It looks like D-day is just around the corner.  The dreaded day I'm referring to is our first night with frost and potentially freezing weather.  I was hoping we could slide through the winter without either, but the odds of that happening are not looking good right now.  Here's what Accuweather has to say - "Clear with the temperature approaching the record low of 28 set in 1979; watch for a hard freeze".  Oh joy, guess I know how I'll be spending the new year, covering plants with frost ...
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Almost there....

My brugmansia Ambrosia x Creamsicle bloom is almost open but the color has not changed much.  It is still a cream to light yellow color.The bloom does have a nice texture to it and it looks like it will be well shaped double flower.  It also has a pleasant fragrance associated with it.  Now if I could only inject some yellow color genes into it I may have a keeper on my hands.
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