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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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Introducing Brugmansia 'Buttercup'

Meet Sommer Gardens' newest Introduction, Brugmansia 'Buttercup'!  'Buttercup' was recently registered with the International Brugmansia and Datura Society (iBrugs.com).Brugmansia 'Buttercup' evolved from an Angel Trumpet seedling I grew out from a Brenda Delph cross of Brugmansia 'Lady Liberty' x 'Jamies Monkey Business'.  The photo above shows the cool weather color and the bloom form on the first day the bloom opens.  In the warmer summer months the blooms are more of a cream color. As ...
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Striking gold with this beautiful Angel Trumpet

Here's a nice single yellow Angel Trumpet seedling I carried over from 2010.  It is from a cross involving Brugmansia (Serendipity x Peanut) x Jamies Monkey Business.I carried this one over because the blooms had great form and the soft yellow color carried all the way through the corolla tube.Another plus for this seedling was the fact that the blooms stayed yellow throughout their life cycle.  Often yellow brugmansia cultivars develop orange tones as they mature.  I have so many great ...
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Unwanted help with my Angel Trumpet hybridizing program

During my recent Bloomapalooza I was overwhelmed with honey bees.  I think the northern bee farmers are already relocating their hives to Florida for the winter.This lone bee is sipping away on a new bloom from a Brugmansia Jamies Monkey Business x Day Dreams seedling.  I think I'm going to have lots of rogue seed pods this spring.  That can be a good thing because I will harvest the pods and donate the seeds to the International Brugmansia & Datura Society (iBrugs.com) so they can give them ...
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A buttery Brugmansia treat

My Brugmansia seedlings are slowly coming back into bloom after this past winter's devastating freezes.  The first to bloom are repeats, seedlings that bloomed for the first time last fall. Here's one that I put it my keeper zone last year to see how it performs this this summer.  It is a seedling from a cross made by Brenda Delph involving Brugmansia Lady Liberty and Jamie's Monkey Business..The blooms are a light butter yellow color with a thick texture.  Now that our temperatures are up ...
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