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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 Brugmansia rain catcher

Brugmansia Rosalie is an Angel Trumpet that tends to display its blooms in a horizontal fashion.  Occasionally it produces blooms that display upwards, as if designed to collect rain. Perhaps the bloom pictured below was designed to gather rain and water during our current dry spell?  :)Rosalie is a great Angel Trumpet for our hot Florida climate.  As with most pinks, the color deepens as the bloom matures.
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Brugmansia Pink Smitty with a Lemon Twist

Angel Trumpet Lemon Twist has a rather unique Aurea style bloom that enticed me to use it in a bunch of crosses back in 2009.  Here is the results from one of those crosses, Brugmansia 'Lemon Twist' x 'Pink Smitty'.Like its mother, this seedling has waxy, horizontal style blooms.  As you can see by the photos, the blooms are a very soft pink with just a hint of yellow.  It will be interesting to see how the color develops over the next couple of bloom cycles.I have a few more seedlings from ...
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If you like your Angel Trumpets white and flouncy...

This Angel Trumpet seedling was placed in my watch zone last summer and now it has earned keeper status.  It is from a cross involving Brugmansia Pink Perfektion x Orange Sunshine.The blooms are thick textured and long lasting.  I really like their flouncy look too.This seedling has been a frequent bloomer and its snow white blooms are an eye-catcher.It would have been nice if some of Brugmansia Orange Sunshine's color would have carried over to these blooms.  Perhaps a second generation ...
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Brugmansia Brautwalzer returns from a near death experience

Brugmansia Brautwalzer, a Monica Gottschalk creation, is an elegant multi-skirt skirt white with thick textured blooms and beautiful corolla teeth.  This Angel Trumpet nearly died last summer when I recycled some used potting soil to top off the soil levels on some of my larger plants.  A fungus developed at the soil level, girdling the trunk and causing the upper portion of the plant to begin a slow death.  I cut the main plant off about six inches above the visible damage and then cut ...
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Brugmansia Angels Endless Summer

Brugmansia Angels Endless Summer is a hybrid Angel Trumpet from German Hybridizer Anne Kirchner-Abel. It is currently showing off its second flush of blooms for this season.I have a bunch of Anne Kirchner-Abel hybrids in my collection and most are also being used in my hybridizing program.  Her cultivars all seem to thrive here in Florida so the genes are a great addition to our existing gene pool..The blooms age to a nice orange and if you look closely you can even see a tinge of pink in ...
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I guess you could call this Angel Trumpet an exotic butterfly

So far this Angel Trumpet cross involving Brugmansia Butterfly x Angels Exotic has yielded some interesting results.  Here's a recent bloomer that I placed into my watch zone.  This one I have labeled as seedling #7.The blooms are large and the corolla skirts compact. Because this was the first bloom on this seedling, it will be interesting to see what the next blooms are like.  Quite often it takes several bloom cycles for a seedling's blooms to evolve into their final form. The color was a ...
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A super sized Angel Trumpet

This rather elegant, yet generic looking bloom is from a cross between Brugmansia Super Spot and Langenbuscher Garten. What makes this Angel Trumpet stand out from the others is that the blooms are super sized.  The blooms are equal in size to Brugmansia Miss Emily Meckenzie and Prince Charming, two of the largest single pink Angel Trumpets I have in my collection.  With such great parentage I decided to hang on to this one for a while.  Perhaps I'll cross it back to its father, Brugmansia ...
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Meet the David & Goliath of Angel Trumpets

Brugmansia come in all shapes and sizes and here's a good example of extremes in size.  The larger pink Angel Trumpet is an Ecuador Pink x Rothkirch seedling. The mini-white below it is from a cross involving Naughty Nick x Cleopatra. The Naughty Nick x Cleopatra seedling is one I first featured in my garden blog back in December of 2009.  The petite blooms are only a couple of inches across and typically have at least three skirts.  While the blooms are small, the plant is a giant.  I have ...
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