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Last season I ramped up my brugmansia hybridizing efforts using brugmansias with mutant and deeply serrated foliage.  The results of those...

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Sommer Gardens / Wednesday, July 13, 2011 / Categories: Brugmansia, Seedlings

Some morning sunshine from an Angel Trumpet

One morning last week I was greeted with this rather unique bloom on a new Angel Trumpet seedling.  The cross is Brugmansia Angel's Swingtime x Orange Zest.

angelsswingtimexorangezest.jpgIt appears as if this seedling wants to have multi-skirted blooms, but currently it is confused.  That is not that uncommon because many times it takes multiple bloom cycles for a seedling to get its act together and the blooms stabilize.  That is why it is important for hybridizers to grow a seedling out for multiple seasons before deciding if the seedling is worthy of registering as a new cultivar.  Likewise, I have had seedlings start out with really beautiful blooms only to later mature with just average looking blooms.

angelsswingtimexorangezest-2.jpgWhat was unusual in this Brugmansia seedling is that the blooms are displayed in a horizontal fashion. While that is not usual for single skirted blooms, it is not that common for doubles. 

I'm anxious to see how this seedling evolves.  The blooms started out a creamy light yellow color with the outer edges darkening as the blooms matured. I bet the color will deepen even more this fall when the temps are cooler.  
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