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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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Mutant in paradise...

A promising new brugmansia seedling with mutant foliage

Last season I ramped up my brugmansia hybridizing efforts using brugmansias with mutant and deeply serrated foliage.  The results of those efforts are coming to fruition and now many of the new seedlings are starting to bloom. Here's one that is showing great promise!

  

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An Angel Trumpet seedling as bright as the summer sun

One of the showiest Angel Trumpet seedlings in my shadehouse this past week was this one from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'Cassies Curls' x 'Lizzy'.This seedling started blooming last year and the medium sized blooms are always doubles with separated skirts.  It has a similar growth style as its father, 'brugmansia 'Lizzy', but is not as fast a grower as 'Lizzy'. When the blooms are fully mature, like the one above, it is not uncommon to see a tinge of cantaloupe color show through.So ...
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A soon to be registered Angel Trumpet shows its colors

Next up on my soon to be named and registered list is this Angel Trumpet seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia Pink Smitty and Lizzy.The blooms are medium is size and compact.  They hold up well in the heat and the plant has remained relatively pest free, all great traits to have in a new brugmansia. One feature I really like about this seedling is that so far the plants have remained below 6 feet tall.  In contrast, my Lizzy plants easily reach 8 feet tall during the course of a ...
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Brugmansia Lizzy x Angel's Goldface

When I made this cross between Brugmansia Lizzy and Angel's Goldface I was hoping that a couple of the seedlings would produce a golden version of Lizzy's triple blooms. To date, three seedlings have bloomed and all three Angel Trumpet seedlings have yielded single yellow blooms.  Here is the most recent seedling from this cross to bloom.I'm certain that a couple of the seedlings in this batch will end up in my summer watch zone.  The blooms so far have been a nice rich yellow that deepen to ...
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Working Towards A Golden Lizzy Angel Trumpet

When I first spotted this Angel Trumpet bloom I thought it was coming from an Angel's Gold Face plant.  I was totally surprised when I checked the plant tag and saw that it was actually a seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia Lizzy x Orange Zest.Both parents have The Chief in their parentage and it looks like its golden multi-skirt genes prevailed.  Let's hope The Chief's bad traits were not passed on.  The Chief was a short lived cultivar that went into a quick decline.  At the ...
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Brugmansia 'Lizzy' x 'Orange Zest' produces a charmer

My real job in the event business has been keeping me super busy the past couple of weeks so I'm behind on recognizing many of the great seedlings that bloomed for the first time last month.  Here is an angel trumpet that I think will be worth watching as it matures.  This seedling is from a cross involving Brugmansia 'Lizzy' x 'Orange Zest'.The blooms are medium in size and held up well in the recent hot spell we had.  Even with my rather challenged sense of smell I could tell this seedling ...
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A double dose of genes from Angel Trumpet "The Chief"

This week I had one of my second generation crosses involving Brugmansia Lizzy bloom.  The cross is Lizzy x Orange Zest, both of which have "The Chief" as a father.  .Lizzy came from a cross between Brugmansia Rubirosa x The Chief, and Orange Zest is a Jacayna x The Chief cross.  Both  were introduced and registered this past year.I was hoping some of Orange Zest's color would transfer over to a Lizzy style bloom, but instead the outcome was a rather simple double white Angel Trumpet.  The ...
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