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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 pod keeper

Now that my Brugmansia seed pods are starting to ripen, it is time to enlist some friendly help to keep pests away.This friendly Anole appears to be quite happy on his new resting place.  Because Brugmansia seed pods are actually a fruit, they can be impacted by small beetles and tiny larvae while they are ripening. Both are great snacks for these guys!
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Now its time for Seedapalooza

Now that Podapalooza is winding down its time for Seedapalooza!  My back is already aching just thinking about the future work these little seeds will create. Here's a recent batch ready to be topped off with a layer of soil.Each one of the pots below represent a unique Brugmansia seed cross.  As you can easily see, lots of crosses are in various stages of germination below. I believe I have one of the most aggressive brugmansia hybridizing programs on the planet in place.  By the time I ...
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Angel Trumpet Podfest 2011

In recent weeks I have been harvesting ripe seed pods from my Spring Brugmansia crosses.  After two consecutive years of freezes and very few seed pods, this bountiful seed pod harvest is well appreciated.Our summer heat arrived early this year so many of the seed pods were smaller than usual.  This means I have fewer seeds from each cross than I had anticipated, This does not mean that I have a shortage of seeds to sow, I'll just have fewer seeds to share with members of the International ...
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I have sproutage!!!

After planting seeds from about 40 immature brugmansia seed pods I'm excited to report that about 1/3 already have seeds sprouting!  I'm sure more crosses will sprout in the next week or two.  This is way cool because I had some important crosses I was afraid I might have lost in the freeze.  There are at least 30 more seeds pods that were damaged in the freeze that I plan to plant next weekend. My guess is that I have about the same number that did not get damaged that are still growing on ...
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