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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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My garden friend

Tree frogs are always a welcome sight in my greenhouse.  I caught this one last night working his way up to a better vantage point.
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To kill or not to kill?

That was the dilemma I was faced with the other night when I spotted this giant treefrog clinging to the shade cloth on my greenhouse.I'm not a big fan of killing things, especially beneficial creatures like treefrogs. But then again, the size of this frog and the large toe pads made me think it may be a Cuban treefrog.  The Cuban treefrog is an invasive species of treefrog that is colonizing Florida. It will eat practically anything that will fit in its mouth, including our native ...
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A perfect hiding place

This little guy seems quite content in his protective steel home, a piece of emt pipe supporting a sprinkler. With the contrast between the colors of rust and bright green, he may be safer perched on a nice green brugmansia leaf.
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Could this be classified as a brown noser?

When I was out on armadillo patrol the other night I finally spotted a green tree frog amongst my Brugmansia plants. I think it has been at least a month since I have come across a green tree frog, which is really strange. Normally I would spot several on my nightly rounds through my Angel Trumpet jungle.I was talking with a gardening friend of mine yesterday and she had also had observed a shortage of frogs on her property.  Perhaps it is related to the severe drought we are in right ...
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Mr. Toad on bug watch

This toad is the first line of defense against any creatures that may want to feast on this batch of recently sowed Brugmansia seeds.He has a confident "don't mess with me" look that is certain to scare unwanted visitors away.  My toad population appears to be rebounding this year so hopefully they will help me keep the snails under control this summer. 
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Birds gone wild....again!

The birds are out of control at my place this spring.  I left the windows down in my truck yesterday afternoon and evening and guess what I found this morning.....a half built birds nest!In that short period of time they managed to fill my ceiling console half full of leaves, moss and twigs.  An equal amount of debris were scattered on my seats and floor  Unlike the earlier nest that the birds constructed in my shade house, I had no problem getting rid of this one. :)
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