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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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A new Angel Trumpet seedling worthy of watching

I was pleasantly surprised to discover this new bloom on one of my Angel Trumpet seedlings from a Brugmansia Joli x Charleston cross.The seeds came from German hybridizer Volker Sanders.  One very interesting trait associated with this first set of blooms is that the inner corolla skirt is larger and darker than the outer skirts. I'm growing out at least 25 seedlings from this cross and I have had several bloom prior to this one.  Although they were nice, there was nothing super special ...
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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.  I 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 ...
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Brugmansia Dorthea x Golden Lady

When two classic Angel Trumpet ladies join forces, you never know what to expect.  Here is the result of a cross made between two of those ladies, Brugmansia Dorthea x Golden Lady.The snow white blooms on this seedling have some of the longest corolla teeth I have spotted in a new seedling.  You can be certain that Dorthea had an influence in the striking corolla teeth found in this seedling's petite, thick textured blooms.    A recent mini-flush of blooms was an eye catcher because of the ...
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Brugmansia Naughty Nick meets Cleopatra

This petite Angel Trumpet bloom is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Naughty Nick x Cleopatra.This seedling is one of several from this cross that I carried over into my watch zone last year.  One of those has blooms that look similar to these, however that seedling's blooms pick-up a slight apricot color as they mature.  So far the seedling featured here stays white from start to finish.The blooms on this seedling are full and petite, averaging less than 3 inches across.  The plant is ...
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America casts her beauty on another Angel Trumpet

Here is new Angel Trumpet seedling that quickly earned a spot in my watch zone.  It is from a cross involving Brugmansia Bert x America.With the quantity of seedlings I am currently growing out, multi-skirt whites are a fairly common find. A bloom or plant really has to be special to stand out from the others.  This seedling certainly stands out from the others. You can easily tell which parent had the most dominance in this cross.  This seedling has some great traits that were passed on ...
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A curly Brugmansia Super Pink x Langenbuscher Garten seedling

If you like curly corolla teeth, then you will like this new Angel Trumpet seedling.  It is from a cross between Brugmansia Super Pink x Langenbuscher Garten.  This seedling has bloomed several times this season and each time the corolla teeth have been as coiled as the ones in these photos.I have had several seedlings from this cross bloom this summer, and so far they have all been single pinks. I featured another one in my blog in July that had giant blooms. The blooms on this seedling ...
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A sleek Brugmansia Butterfly x Angels Exotic seedling

Here is a rather dramatic Angel Trumpet bloom from a cross I made between Brugmansia Butterfly x Angels Exotic.I'm growing out a bunch of Angel Trumpet seedlings from this same cross and many are already in my watch zone because of their beauty.  This cross of Brugmansia Butterfly x Angels Exotic has produced quite a diverse set of seedlings.  With 8-10 additional seedlings expected to bloom for the first time this fall, I'm certain the diversity will continue.    
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I'm liking this Brugmansia seedling more and more

I have several seedlings from my cross of Brugmansia Orange Zest x Genevieve in my watch zone.  This one in particular intrigues me with its rather unique bloom form.I believe this bloom style is going to hold because this Angel Trumpet seedling has had several bloom cycles with consistent looking blooms. The blooms are above average in size and the inner skirt is always several times larger than the outer one.  The blooms start out snow white but show a golden cream color as they age, ...
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