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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 variegated surprise amongst my Angel Trumpets

I'm always on the lookout for anomalies in my Angel Trumpet seedlings, especially in growth habits and foliage.  Last week I spotted this unusual variegation in a Brugmansia Dark Rosetta x Super Pink seedling. This seedling has three stalks and the variegation only appears on one.  The variegation pattern is unusual and is similar to that of Brugmansia 'Freckles'.  Only time will tell if this variegation pattern will be permanent or if it is just a temporary display triggered by ...
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An Angel Trumpet merged with a citrus tree

This beautiful Angel Trumpet seedling is also a carry over from last year.  It is the result of a cross I made between Brugmansia seedling (Jacayna x The Chief) #5 x Brugmansia America.Don't be confused by the citrus like foliage and what appears to be green fruit hanging nearby.  While I wish my hybridizing skills would allow me to cross a Brugmansia with citrus tree, this navel tree is just acting as a support structure for an overgrown plant in queue to be re-potted. So far all the blooms ...
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This new double yellow Angel Trumpet will "wow" you

My Angel Trumpet seedlings have rewarded me with a bunch of promising yellow/orange blooms this year.  Out of the entire lot, this one stands out above the rest.  It is a seedling from a cross involving Brugmansia Day Dreams x Ludger's Windsong.Often yellow brugmansia blooms take on some orange coloration as they age, but not this one.  This seedling stays yellow from start to finish.The blooms are medium in size and long lasting, even in our Florida heat.  So far it has been a great ...
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Angel Trumpet Brugmansia Rubirosa x Ludger's Windsong

This new angel trumpet seedling recently produced an impressive display of blooms.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'Rubirosa' x 'Ludger's Windsong'.As you can see it has it's father's style including Ludger's Windsong's crazy corolla teeth.At first I thought the blooms were going to stay snow white, but after a couple of days of aging they picked up a slight apricot color. Seeing how this was the first flush for this seedling, the final color is likely to change as the seedling ...
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Angel Trumpet Brugmansia Orange Zest x (Pink Smitty x Miss Ellie)#1

This new Angel Trumpet seedling was carried over from last year and is continuing to evolve into a winner.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Orange Zest and a soon to be named and registered seedling, (Pink Smitty x Miss Ellie)#1.I especially like the crepe paper like blooms and the creamy yellow color of the corolla tube.This seedling is currently thriving in our sauna like summer weather.  The blooms are medium in size and long lasting.  I'll keep this one in my watch zone this ...
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This Angel Trumpet is a keeper for sure!

Here's one of my favorite double pink Angel Trumpets I have growing in my watch zone.  It is from a cross between Brugmansia Butterfly x (Terri Shiavo x Earth Angel). I have been watching this Angel Trumpet seedling perform for over two years and now it is time to set if free. Once i dream up a suitable name for it I plan to officially register and release it.The blooms are large and full and hold up extremely well here in the Florida heat.  Like many pink brugmansia, the color deepens ...
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A golden Angel Trumpet gets closer to being a keeper

I have several seedlings from a cross I made between Brugmansia Ludger's Windsong and (Color Point x Double Dark Rosetta) that have made it into my watch zone last year.  Here is seedling #5, one that is getting closer to earning keeper status. As you can see Ludger's Windsong had a strong influence on this seedling with its similar coloration and wild corolla teeth. I'm really liking the looks of this one and anxious to see how it performs during our sauna like summer.
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Another impressive Golden Angel Trumpet seedling

Here's another golden Angel Trumpet from last year's watch zone that recently bloomed. I can't tell you the name of the cross this Brugmansia seedling came from right now because the plant tag is missing, but with a little photo research I know I'll be able to identify it.  The fact that it was placed in my watch zone means I have photos of it in my archive.The blooms are actually more yellow than the picture shows and are on the larger size.  They have great form and substance and hold up ...
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