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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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Some fall color amongst my Angel Trumpets

Looks like I have another nice double orange Angel Trumpet seedling to place in my watch zone. This seedling is from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'New Orleans Lady' x 'Bert'.The plant is healthy and a robust grower and the blooms fairly large. I took these photos last week when the weather was still summer-like, and as you can see, the blooms held up well in the heat. I bet the bloom color will deepen to a brighter orange when the next flush of blooms appear during cooler weather.  Even ...
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Name this Angel Trumpet and win it!

Here's a beautiful new Angel Trumpet I would like to register, but first it needs a name.  This seedling is from a cross made by nature, most likely by honey bees or moths. The pod parent is Brugmansia Orange Zest.  This seedling first started blooming in 2009 and really put on quite a show.  Although it was growing in a gallon size pot, it had rooted itself in the ground and the plant became quite large.  Before the freeze knocked it down to the ground, it was about 6-7 feet tall and ...
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Pretty in Pink, an Angel Trumpet seedling with promise

Now that summer is winding down, my Angel Trumpets are gearing up for the fall Bloomapalooza.  I must have captured photos of at least a dozen new promising Angel Trumpet seedlings in bloom for the first time tonight.  Here's one that grabbed my attention right away.  The bloom is from a cross involving Brugmansia Butterfly x Day Dreams. Besides having nicely shaped blooms, this seedling also had lush, green foliage with no evidence of pest or disease problems.  The blooms are medium in size ...
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Cheap labor in the garden...

When you are trying to germinate Angel Trumpets from seed, it is important to have a full-time sentry around to make sure insects, snails and slugs are kept at bay.  I was fortunate to be able to solicit the help of this small tree frog to watch over my recent batch of community pots. In return for his diligent surveillance, he is offered the protection of being under the protective screen I have in place to keep the birds from plucking the seedlings out of the pots. This synergistic ...
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Hibiscus Harvest Moon x Gina Marie

Even though we are having record-breaking heat right now, it's color time in my growing fields. I think all of my exotic hibiscus seedlings I started from seed last summer are starting to form buds.  It is great to have some fresh color while my Angel Trumpet's are in between flushes.  Here's a nice yellow seedling that bloomed for the first time yesterday.  It is a cross of Hibiscus Harvest Moon x Gina Marie.I should have a couple new doubles blooming later this week.  One seedling is ...
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