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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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The exotic shows in this new Angel Trumpet seedling

The one Angel Trumpet I use in my breeding program more than any other is Brugmansia 'Inca Sun'.  The reason being is that Inca Sun is considered to be ever-blooming, unlike most Angel Trumpets that bloom in flushes every 4-6 weeks.   Here's a promising new seedling that just bloomed from a cross I made between Brugmansia Angels Exotic x Inca Sun.I have about 40 seedlings from this cross growing and about half have bloomed.  So far three of the seedlings have been placed in my watch zone and ...
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More Angel Trumpet gold appears

Here's another golden yellow Brugmansia seedling that recently bloomed.  Unfortunately the tag is so faded that I cannot make out the cross.What makes this seedling worth watching is that the blooms are quite fragrant, thick in texture and smaller in size.  I also like the ruffly look of the bloom and its curly corolla teeth.Although this Angel Trumpet bloom appears to have a hint of orange in it, the bloom stayed yellow through its entire life cycle.   You know me, I hate to leave a good ...
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There's Angel Trumpet gold in my garden

This Angel Trumpet seedling has some of the nicest yellow blooms I have seen.  The seedling is from a cross involving Brugmansia Sommerzauber x Cassie's Curls.The blooms remind me of Brenda Delph's Andrew's Gold.  So far the blooms have stayed yellow and not aged to orange like many yellows tend to do.  This seedling has great parentage with Monika Gottschalk's Sommerzauber as pod bearer.  The father, Cassie's Curls is one of my favorite single orange brugmansia. What was exciting about this ...
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This Brugmansia seedling is a keeper for sure

Now on its second year in my watch zone, this Angel Trumpet has earned itself keeper status.  It is a Brenda Delph cross of Brugmansia Terri Schindler Shiavo x New Orleans Lady.The blooms are medium in size and carry New Orleans Lady pleasant scent.The coloring is also similar to that of its father, New Orleans Lady.  All the blooms pictured here were sliced open for pollinating following this photo session so I do not have a decent picture of a fully colored bloom.I crossed this seedling ...
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Brugmansia Angel's Sweet Summer is ready for summer

Brugmansia Angel's Sweet Summer is gearing up for summer by blooming almost non-stop since our warm weather moved in last month.  This Angel Trumpet was introduced by Anne Kirchner-Abel and it thrives here in Florida, producing mass quantities of beautiful, rather plump, jumbo blooms.The foliage is a dark green and the plant is a vigorous grower.  In the warmer months the bloom color deepens to a very deep, dark pink.  I have several seed pods forming with Angel's Sweet Summer as a ...
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It's a yellow Angel Trumpet fiesta!

The past few weeks I have had bunches of angel trumpet seedlings bloom for the first time, including an abundance with yellow blooms. One of the standouts from the yellow group was this seedling from a cross between Brugmansia Rosalie x Inca Sun.With their shiny glaze, the blooms almost appear to made out of porcelain.What I really like about this seedling is that it appears it took the best traits of both its parents, Brugmansia Rosalie and Inca Sun. The blooms are a very bright ...
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Brugmansia Butterfly x Joli has great form

Here's a rather formal looking bloom from a Brugmansia Butterfly x Joli cross. The blooms are medium in size and thick textured.As these Angel Trumpet blooms matured the corolla tube colored up nicely.  While I was examining the bloom closer the texture and color reminded me of Rosalie.  I'm certain the double genes came from the father as Joli often throws double blooms. I have several other Brugmansia Butterfly x Joli seedlings that have recently bloomed so I crossed this one back to one ...
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I'm really liking this Angel Trumpet lots!

Here's a European import that will play an important role in my spring hybridizing program.  The cultivar is Brugmansia 'Bergfee' and as you can see by the photo below it has a nice butter-yellow color and great form.I'm excited to announce that this bloom has evolved into a tiny seed pod with New Orleans Lady as the father.  If it holds it should produce some interesting offspring.
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