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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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This Brugmansia is a hand full of color

Here's one of my Angel Trumpet seedlings that has been a standout this summer.  It has been a prolific bloomer with thick textured, petite sized butter yellow blooms. The cross is Brugmansia Angels Goldface x Inca Sun.This is just one of many seedlings I have from this cross, and a reverse cross, Brugmansia 'Inca Sun' x 'Angels Goldface' that I have placed into my watch zone.  I still have at least 10 seedlings from those two crosses that have yet to bloom, and I'm certain a few of them will ...
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A new variegated Brugmansia finally blooms

After at least three years and numerous near death experiences, this new, but unknown variegated Brugmansia finally bloomed.  It is unusual in that the bloom is pink, rather than the cream to apricot color normally found on this type of variegated Angel Trumpet.  Pink blooms are more commonly found on variegated brugmansia with more of a suave influence like 'Katrine Bonte'.The variegation on this seedling is a cream on green color, and the plant is on the smaller side.Don't expect to see ...
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A new peachy double Brugmansia seedling

It is always rewarding to find a new double Angel Trumpet with a bloom color outside of the common color range expected in Brugmansia.  This Brugmansia seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'Orange Zest' and 'White Magic' has a delicious peach/cantaloupe color not commonly found in a double bloom.The blooms are medium in size and hold up well in the heat.  The seedling is a vigorous grower and has remained pest free.  Brugmansia 'White Magic' is the father of this seedling and I ...
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Angel Trumpet Brugmansia 'Orange Zest' x 'Bergische Symphonie'

Blooming for the first time this summer is this new Angel Trumpet seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'Orange Zest' x 'Bergische Symphonie'. Brugmansia 'Orange Zest' is a Sommer Gardens introduction with medium sized single yellow/orange blooms.  Bergische Symphonie is a large flowered double pink European import.What impressed me most about this seedling is that it had a mini-flush of eight blooms for its first bloom cycle.  Also impressive was that the blooms held up very well ...
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A deliciously fresh new Angel Trumpet

One of the more promising new Angel Trumpet seedlings to bloom this summer is this seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'Angels Summerset' x 'Amber Glow'.I would describe its coloring as being deliciously fresh, starting out a pineapple yellow and slowly transforming into a tropical smoothie color a couple of days later.This seedling bloomed in less than one year from seed, and the plant is only three feet tall!  Both those traits combined with its beautiful blooms have earned it ...
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Introducing Brugmansia 'Buttercup'

Meet Sommer Gardens' newest Introduction, Brugmansia 'Buttercup'!  'Buttercup' was recently registered with the International Brugmansia and Datura Society (iBrugs.com).Brugmansia 'Buttercup' evolved from an Angel Trumpet seedling I grew out from a Brenda Delph cross of Brugmansia 'Lady Liberty' x 'Jamies Monkey Business'.  The photo above shows the cool weather color and the bloom form on the first day the bloom opens.  In the warmer summer months the blooms are more of a cream color. As ...
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Golden Angel Trumpets abound this summer

Today's featured Angel Trumpet seedling is from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'Herenhauser Gold' and 'Langenbuscher Garten'.  It is just one of dozens of new yellow Brugmansia seedlings in my growing area that have bloomed this summer.The golden yellow blooms are large in size and thick textured.The blooms on this seedling have a slight resemblance to their mother, 'Herenhauser Gold', but with a darker color.   This is the sixth seedling from this cross to bloom, and so far all six have ...
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Angel Trumpet Brugmansia Rosalie x Inca Sun

Here's an Angel Trumpet seedling that has been in my watch zone for three years and now I'm ready to make it a keeper.  The seedling is from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'Rosalie' x 'Inca Sun'.The blooms have a thicker texture like those of the mother, ,Rosalie' and the color is a deeper yellow than its father, 'Inca Sun'.  It is a fast grower, frequent bloomer and has remained pest free in my growing environment.I plan to put it into production later this summer and make it available ...
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