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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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Angel Trumpet Brugmansia 'Bert' x 'Naughty Nick'

Here's another Angel Trumpet seedling I have been watching for a couple of years and now must decide if should be a keeper. It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'Bert' x 'Naughty Nick'.It definitely has its father's growth genes and It is pushing up the top of my shadehouse, which is about 9 feet high in that location.  The blooms are mostly all triples and are slightly larger than those of 'Naughty Nick'.  The corolla skirts are often extended, much like those of Brugmansia 'Angels ...
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A tiny gem of a Brugmansia

I've been watching this Angel Trumpet seedling for the past two years and now I'm ready to place it on my "to be registered' list.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Naughty Nick x Cleopatra.Don't be fooled by the photo and assume the blooms are large. The blooms on this seedling are always less than two inches across. The blooms start out cream colored and slowly pick up some apricot highlights as they mature.  While the blooms may be petite, the plant is not.  It definitely has ...
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Intoducing another showy white Angel Trumpet seedling

Here's another new white Angel Trumpet seedling that recently impressed me with its blooms. This one is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Ludger's Windsong x Naughty Nick. Even though the parent's bloom yellow and orange respectively, the blooms on this seedling are snow white and quite showy.  I feel this seedling is worthy of at least watching for a few more bloom cycles before deciding its fate.  What I decided to do is group the white seedlings I'm watching together and wait ...
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The Flying Nun of the Brugmansia World

This Angel Trumpet seedling has just earned a spot on my keeper list.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Naughty Nick x Cleopatra.The blooms sort of have a flying nun look to me that is sort of cool when the plant is loaded with blooms.  The creamy white blooms are very thick textured and average 3-4 inches across. During cool weather they pick-up a slight apricot color as they age.The plant growth has been vigorous, but not quite as crazy as its mother, Brugmansia Naughty Nick. ...
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Brugmansia Bert joins forces with Naughty Nick

In my early days of hybridizing Angel Trumpets I made numerous crosses with Brugmansia Bert. Here is the result of one of those crosses with Brugmansia Naughty Nick as the pollen parent.This batch of seedlings took longer than normal to bloom for the first time after being damaged in our 2009 and 2010 freezes.  I have three separate seedlings from this cross in bloom right now and the blooms on all three are very similar in appearance, but the bloom size varies.  On one seedling the blooms ...
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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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Meet the David & Goliath of Angel Trumpets

Brugmansia come in all shapes and sizes and here's a good example of extremes in size.  The larger pink Angel Trumpet is an Ecuador Pink x Rothkirch seedling. The mini-white below it is from a cross involving Naughty Nick x Cleopatra. The Naughty Nick x Cleopatra seedling is one I first featured in my garden blog back in December of 2009.  The petite blooms are only a couple of inches across and typically have at least three skirts.  While the blooms are small, the plant is a giant.  I have ...
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