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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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Dazed and confused....

Dazed and confused is a great description for these Angel Trumpet blooms.  This is the first seedling of my cross between brugmansia Inca Sun and Masquerade to bloom.  While I was hoping for an ever-blooming yellow Masquerade type, I'm not quite ready to give up hope.  I have a bunch more from this cross that will be blooming this year and hopefully at least a couple will be worthy of holding over.  I also plan to cross any keepers I have from this cross back to Inca Sun.
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....and for those of you who like them small.

This petite little beauty surprised me when it started blooming last week.  The blooms measure less than 3" across and there were lots of them.This a cross between Mountain Treasure and Naughty Nick.  The color is rich and the blooms hold up extremely well in the heat.  It has a light fragrance in the early evening.Despite its size, this seedling impressed me with a mini-flush for its inaugural blooms.  I think I'll move this one up to a larger pot and keep an eye on it for the ...
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For those of you who like them big...

If you like big blooms, then this seedling is one for you.  It is a cross between Adeline, a large double pink brugmansia x Miss Emily Mackenzie, perhaps the largest of the single pink Angel Trumpets.                        This monster sized bloom measures at least 10 inches across!  Despite its size, the blooms hold up very well in the hot Florida sun. As you can see in the second picture, the blooms carry forward the curly tendrils ...
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Better with age

That's the story with this brugmansia.  It is a cross between Miss Caylie and Genevieve and is one of several plants I have growing from this cross.  Here's what the flowers looked like when the plant first bloomed in November. It was so ugly it almost ended up in the compost pile.  Knowing that the first blooms a seedling produces may not resemble the flowers the plant produces as it matures, I decided to let the plant stay for a couple more rounds of blooms.  Over the weekend the second ...
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(Kleine App x ?) x New Orleans Lady

This was the only new seedling blooming this weekend.  It is a cross between Kleine App x Unknown and New Orleans Lady.  It is trying very hard to be a double as you can see by the second skirt still stuffed inside the bloom.  The peach color has deepened since I shot these pictures.Here's another picture showing the nice recurved form.
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Double Pleasure

I recently was rewarded with a couple of new double blooms on my Brugmansia seedlings.  The yellow one is the one that I'm most excited about. It is a cross between Hawaiian Double White x Ecuador Pink and Jamie's Monkey Business.  It only had the one bloom when I snapped this picture but several new buds have recently formed and should be open before the new year.  This was just one of several plants I have from this cross but it is the only one with double yellow blooms. ...
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