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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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Brugmansia Creamsicle x Dorthea

Here's a seedling from an Angel Trumpet cross involving two classics, Brugmansia Creamsicle x Dorthea.It has a very simple, yet elegant form for a double bloom. The outer corolla skirt had a tinge of pink in it, but the color did not intensify as the bloom matured. The blooms were not quite as large as those of its mother.I plan to carry this seedling over through summer to see how it performs in our heat.
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This new Angel Trumpet is on fire!

This Angel Trumpet seedling is a sibling to one I featured last month. It was placed in my watch zone last Spring and since then it has developed into a real gem.  The cross is Brugmansia Cassies Curls x (Ludger's Summer Dream x Creamsicle).The bloom on the left almost appears as if it is a dancing flame.  Another trait that I really like with these blooms is that the color extends all the way up the corolla tube.  I plan to continue to watch this one into the summer before deciding if it is ...
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A new Angel Trumpet with great color, form and substance

One of the more striking blooms appearing in my watch zone this week was this one on an Angel Trumpet seedling I carried over from last summer.  The cross is Brugmansia Cassies Curls x (Ludger's Summer Dream x Creamsicle).The blooms are thick textured with the deep orange color extending all the way up the corolla tube. The bloom form is simple with an inner skirt that is often split.  I have several seedlings from this same cross in my watch zone.  All have the same rich color, but with ...
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A golden Angel Trumpet illuminated the Christmas Eve sky

On Christmas Eve I was greeted with this bright golden orange Angel Trumpet seedling.  It is seedling #15 from a cross I made between Brugmansia Cassies Curls and (Ludger's Windsong x Creamsicle).All three blooms that opened at the same time all had the workings of a second corolla skirt stuffed up inside the bloom.  This means the next set of blooms could actually turn-out to be doubles!  Then again, they could easily just look the same as the first set of blooms.The medium size blooms are ...
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Cooler weather means cooler colors for my Angel Trumpets

Now that our nights are cooling off I'm starting to see lots of color in my field of Angel Trumpets.  Here is a new seedling that caught my eye this weekend when I first spotted its blooms.  It is the result of a cross I made between Brugmansia Cassie's Curls and (Ludger's Summer Dream x Creamsicle). So far the blooms have all been doubles with layered skirts and wild corolla teeth.  The pollen parent of this cross, a Brugmansia Ludger's Summer Dream x Creamsicle seedling I have been ...
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This scrumptious Angel Trumpet thrives in our summer heat

Even in our hot and steamy summer weather, this Angel Trumpet seedling continues to wow me.  While most of my brugs are taking a break from blooming right now, this Brugmansia Creamsicle x Shooting Star seedling continues to produce flush after flush of beautiful blooms. I shot this photo yesterday morning and as you can see, a couple of fruit flies are finding this bloom scrumptious as well.I plan to name and register this seedling next month.  It is a vigorous grower and roots easily so it ...
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An Angel Trumpet Bloomaholic

This beautiful Angel Trumpet seedling has turned into a keeper.  It is a seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia Creamsicle and Shooting Star.It is currently in its second year of being trialed and will be officially named and registered with the International Brugmansia and Datura Society later this year.If there was such a thing as a bloomaholic, this seedling would be one. I snapped these photos a week or so ago when it came into flush with more than two dozen blooms.  When I was ...
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Look what Santa brought me!

I guess I must have been a good boy this year because I have a great new bright orange Brugmansia seedling in bloom.  This beautiful Angel Trumpet bloom is from a seedling from a cross of Ludger's Windsong x (Ludger's Summer Dream x Creamsicle).As you can see by the photo below this seedling is a nice triple.  The bright Orange color is consistent throughout the bloom.I'm really looking forward to seeing how this seedling develops. I'm already watching a couple of other seedlings with ...
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