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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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Some fall color amongst my Angel Trumpets

Looks like I have another nice double orange Angel Trumpet seedling to place in my watch zone. This seedling is from a cross I made between Brugmansia 'New Orleans Lady' x 'Bert'.The plant is healthy and a robust grower and the blooms fairly large. I took these photos last week when the weather was still summer-like, and as you can see, the blooms held up well in the heat. I bet the bloom color will deepen to a brighter orange when the next flush of blooms appear during cooler weather.  Even ...
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New fall color in my brugmansia jungle

Now that summer is winding down and the nights are starting to cool off ever so slightly (like a low of 72 versus 76 is really that cool), my Angel Trumpet seedlings are starting to finally hold their buds and bloom.  Based on some of the blooms I have recently experienced, I expect fall to be full of surprises. Here's a new seedling that recently bloomed that has already set the bar very high for fall.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Angels Swingtime x (Shooting Star x New ...
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Another golden Brugmansia moves to my watch zone

After a lull in blooms, mainly due to the summer heat, my Angel Trumpet seedlings are starting to set buds again!  Here is one that caught my attention this weekend.  It is a seedling from a cross I made between Brugmansia Angels Summerset x (Terri Schindler Shiavo x New Orleans Lady).The rich golden yellow color extends all the way up the corolla tube and the color was consistent through the life of the bloom. The blooms are average in size with good substance.The father of this seedling, ...
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Brugmansia Orange Sunshine x New Orleans Lady

Here's a nice double white Angel Trumpet seedling that grabbed my attention the other day.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Orange Sunshine x New Orleans Lady.I like the fact that it has nice separated skirts.  The blooms are also thicker in texture which helps them hold up better in our Florida heat. This seedling has gone through several bloom cycles and so far the blooms have remained snow white.  I feel this seedling is worthy of watching so I'm going to carry it over into ...
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An Angel Trumpet influenced by two great ladies

When you make an Angel Trumpet cross with two classic ladies, you can usually count on some of the offspring being watchers. Here's one seedling from the cross I made between Brugmansia Painted Lady x New Orleans Lady that I feel is worth watching for a few more seasons.Most pf the blooms on this seedling have had the bloom form pictured above.  Sometimes it will produce a bloom that strongly resembles its father, New Orleans Lady, as you can see below.Although my sense of smell is not that ...
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An Angel Trumpet with super sized twangers!

Check-out the corolla teeth on this new Angel Trumpet seedling.  The cross is Brugmansia Shooting Star x New Orleans Lady.These blooms have to have some of the longest tendrils of any seedling I have grown to date. The blooms are large in size and very fragrant. The color is OK, but it is really the long corolla teeth that make these blooms stand out.I plan to carry this one over to 2012 and will most likely make a few crosses with it as well this winter.
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Introducing Brugmansia Marshmallow Sunset

I decided it was time to start naming and registering a few of my Angel Trumpets that have been on my "To be Registered" list since last year.  Here is the first of many I plan to register this year.  I named this one Brugmansia 'Marshmallow Sunset'.This seedling originated from a Brenda Delph cross involving Brugmansia New Orleans Lady and (Angel's Flight x Charming). You can see easily see traits from both parents in these blooms.  The bloom form and size is more in line with those of ...
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