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Sommer Gardens / Tuesday, November 15, 2011 / Categories: Brugmansia, Seedlings

An Angel Trumpet that totally wowed me last night

Every so often a new Angel Trumpet seedling comes in to bloom for the first time and totally wows me.  I was wowed big time last night when I spotted this bloom on a Brugmansia Rosalie x (Pink Smitty x Miss Ellie) #1 seedling. 
rosaliexpinksmittyxmissellie1.jpgI was making my final rounds last night looking for blooms to pollinate almost missed seeing this one.  It was at the top of an 8 foot tall plant partially hidden by its giant leaves. Fortunately my bright headlamp illuminated the bloom face in passing and it quickly caught my attention.   

I was especially surprised when I checked the plant tag and saw the cross. Never in my wildest dreams would I expect to see a bloom like this from that particular cross.  It must have been the combination of the Rosalie and Miss Ellie genes that introduced the bright orange coloring. 

rosaliexpinksmittyxmissellie1-2.jpgThe pollen parent (father) of this seedling is an Angel Trumpet I grew out from a Brenda Delph cross involving Brugmansia Pink Smitty x Miss Ellie.  I had planned to name and register that seedling in 2009, but I nearly lost the plant in that winter's freeze.  I currently have it in production now and will be naming and registering it next month.  Here's a link to a previous blog post with photo's of  Brugmansia Pink Smitty x Miss Ellie #1.

rosaliexpinksmittyxmissellie1-3.jpgThis initial bloom was large in size and I like the way it is displayed in a semi-nodding position rather than pendant like many large multi-skirt oranges are.  The foliage was a deep, dark green and huge compared to other seedlings near by.  The plant itself was also large having a single stalk that towered at least 8 feet tall. 

rosaliexpinksmittyxmissellie1-4.jpgSeeing how this was the very first bloom on this seedling, I will be waiting with great anticipation to see what subsequent blooms look like.  I have found that it usually takes several bloom cycles for new seedlings with multi-skirt blooms to stabilize.  I'm not sure how this bloom could evolve into something better, I like it just the way it is.

rosaliexpinksmittyxmissellie1-5.jpgI know I have other seedlings from this cross yet to bloom, but I doubt any will surpass this one in beauty and form...but you never know!

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