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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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Tonight's creature of the night...

Every time I take my evening stroll through my Angel Trumpet forest in search of new blooms, I always manage to surprise a few "creatures of the night".  Tonight it was this jumbo Katydid who had claimed this bloom as his evening residence.I wonder it these critters actually eat blooms?  I've caught them in the daylight hours munching away on leaves, but I have yet to catch them eating flowers.
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Brugmansia Lady Liberty has a midnight visitor...

While out for my evening stroll through my Angel Trumpet forest, I was able to capture this beautiful moth paying a visit to Brugmansia Lady Liberty.I was hoping to get some close-up shots but this fellow skirted off in search of other blooms.  
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The slime returns...

One good outcome from this past winter's severe cold is that I have seen very few giant slugs sliding across my Angel Trumpets this year.  It could just be because I have been more pro-active with baits to keep the snails under control this summer.  Baby slugs have a small shell so they could easily be mistaken for a type of snail, and they would certainly eat the bait.Tonight I came across several of the big mommas munching away on my yard brugs.Unfortunately for this gal I happened to have ...
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In search of the great sphinx moth...

The moths were out cruising around my Angel Trumpets in full force tonight.  I typically take an evening stroll through my field of Brugmansia with a LED headlamp on.  As you can imagine, that headlamp is a giant magnet for all sorts of flying insects.  Tonight I was running in circles trying to photograph giant sphinx months feasting on brug nectar.  I did not have much luck with the giants, but I did get some shots of their smaller and more passive relatives, the Tersa Sphinx. Here's one ...
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Creatures of the night...

With summer comes the usual influx of garden pests, both good and bad.  Spiders are my friends, that is until I accidentally run smack dab into their webs at night.Nothing gets your blood pressure riled up like the feeling of sticky spider web wrapping around your face....unless.....you happen to also feel the pitter-patter of 8 little spider legs scurrying across your face to the back of your neck.I wonder what colorful insect this guy is munching on for his midnight snack?Hardly a week ...
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Another one gets away!

Seeing how it is New Year's Eve, you may be thinking I'm talking about the year 2009, but I'm not.  I'm talking about another darn Cuban Tree Frog!  Who knows, this could be the same one I've let escape a few times already this year.With eyes like those looking at you, how on earth could you snuff this poor guy out????  If you followed my earlier posts you know they are an invasive species that is working its way up the state.  When found, we are supposed to destroy them.  Actually, ...
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These slimy guys are relentless...

Look what I found when I was making my rounds tonight.  These darn slugs are relentless in their quest to eat all my brugs!Although I applied snail and slug bait in my primary growing areas, I did not treat all the independent brugmansias growing in my yard.  That's where I found these guys eating away tonight.  Unfortunately for them it ended up being their last supper...
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