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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 Genevieve x Rothkirch

Here's a nice double pink Angel Trumpet seedling that has been in my watch zone for a couple of years now.  The seedling is from a Brenda Delph cross of Brugmansia Genevieve x Rothkirch.I like the soft pink color of the blooms and the crazy corolla teeth. This seedling has been a consistent bloomer, always producing triple skirted blooms.The bloom color intensifies from what is shown in the photos. I took these photos when the blooms first opened.  Afterwards the blooms were sliced open for pollinating.

 

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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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Time for another Angel Trumpet two for Tuesday!

Today I'm featuring Angel Trumpet blooms from two separate seedlings from the same brugmansia cross of Gemini x (Susanne x Rothkirch).  The first one has a rather wild looking snow white bloom and was obviously influenced heavily by its mother, Gemini. The second brugmansia seedling from this cross had a greater influence from its father, a seedling from a cross of brugmansia Susanne x Rothkirch, both single pinks. Gemini was still dominate in this second seedling providing the double/triple ...
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Rothkirch shows his influence in this Angel Trumpet

Today's featured Angel Trumpet seedling is one I carried over from 2008 to watch.  It is from a cross of brugmansia Genevieve x Rothkirch.  Rothkirch is a legendary brugmansia whose genes have enriched dozens of named cultivars.  What I like most about this particular cross is the rich pink color and that the color runs all the way up the corolla tube.  I plan to cross this one back to several of Rothkirch's siblings to see what the next generation brings.
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Is this Angel Trumpet made of porcelain?

It almost appears as if this Angel Trumpet seedling is made of porcelain!  Today's featured Angel Trumpet seedling is from a cross between brugmansia Rothkirch and New Orleans Lady.The blooms start out porcelain white with just a hint of apricot color in the tendrils.  The blooms also have a nice fragrance, but it is not quite as strong as that of its father, New Orleans Lady. As the blooms mature the tendrils perform a complete re-curve and form a symmetrical pattern within the bloom.  ...
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