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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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Look at the whiskers on this new Brugmansia seedling

A recent standout in my Angel Trumpet jungle was this bloom on a seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia Axelrose x Marbach. The bloom color is a vibrant orange with a creamy yellow throat.  The corolla teeth do not recurve and the blooms are medium in size.We are still experiencing summer like weather here in Central Florida and the blooms are holding up great in the heat.I like the looks of this seedling and plan to put it in my watch zone. 

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New fall color in my brugmansia jungle

Now that summer is winding down and the nights are starting to cool off ever so slightly (like a low of 72 versus 76 is really that cool), my Angel Trumpet seedlings are starting to finally hold their buds and bloom.  Based on some of the blooms I have recently experienced, I expect fall to be full of surprises. Here's a new seedling that recently bloomed that has already set the bar very high for fall.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Angels Swingtime x (Shooting Star x New ...
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Brugmansia Marshmallow Sunset x Angel's Goldface

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon this new Angel Trumpet seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia Marshmallow Sunset x Angels Goldface. It has Marshmallow Sunset's form with a creamy yellow color influenced by Angels Goldface. Brugmansia Marshmallow Sunset has been a great performer and a standout in my Brugmansia jungle. I feel it has lots of potential as a parent and has been used extensively in my breeding program the past two years.  I 'm currently growing out seedlings ...
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A golden surprise in my jungle of Brugmansia

Here is a new Angel Trumpet seedling that has captured my attention this summer.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Bergische Symphony x Marbach.It is with a group of about 400 gallon sized seedlings I potted up this spring. This seedling was super charged and grew much faster than the others in the group, and was was the first of the bunch to bloom.  It is already experiencing its second flush of blooms, while none of the other seedlings are even ready to start setting buds. The ...
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Another golden Brugmansia moves to my watch zone

After a lull in blooms, mainly due to the summer heat, my Angel Trumpet seedlings are starting to set buds again!  Here is one that caught my attention this weekend.  It is a seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia Angels Summerset x (Terri Schindler Shiavo x New Orleans Lady).The rich golden yellow color extends all the way up the corolla tube and the color was consistent through the life of the bloom. The blooms are average in size with good substance.The father of this seedling, ...
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An Angel Trumpet to rival our summer sun

My previous post featured a seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia Angels Goldface x Inca Sun. Here's an Angel Trumpet seedling I'm watching from a reverse of that same cross.  This is just one of several seedlings in my watch zone from a cross I made between Brugmansia Inca Sun x Angels Goldface.The bloom color starts out a deep yellow and ages to a rich orange. The blooms are similar in size to those of it's mother, Inca Sun.  I like the distinct trumpet shape of the bloom and the ...
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