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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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When clouds explode!

One thing I love about Florida is that we have some really cool storms. During the summer and and early fall, Central Florida becomes a breeding ground for massive thunderstorms.  The storms are fueled by the collision between the east and west coast sea breezes.   A few days ago this massive storm developed in less than an hour.  As it grew larger and larger the sun started to set and the entire sky turned an eerie orange color.  Here's one of my monster seedlings silhouetted be the growing ...
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An Angel Trumpet Sunset...

Florida has some of the most beautiful sunsets you'll ever encounter.  Here's some recent shots I took while strolling through my Brugmansia forest at sundown.It is almost as if the sky is on fire..Of course if I was living in southern California I would be afraid that the sky may actually be on fire...Sunrise and sundown are the best time of day to admire Angel Trumpets during our hot Florida summers.
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It's official, this winter really has been cold as ice...

Central Florida's chilly winter this year is going into the record books as the coldest in nearly 30 years.  The National Weather Service stated this week that this has been the coldest winter season on record since 1981.  Winter does not appear to want to give up its hold on us so we could be on the way to setting the record as the coldest winter season on record. The only upside to all this is that our much-needed rainfall has been above average this winter.  I say let's close the ...
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Thanks anyway Canada, but please keep your weather to yourself!

Just kidding of course, I like Canadians.....however, their weather etiquette leaves something to be desired!Story by AccuWeather.com senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson. So far this month, much of the Deep South and Middle Atlantic states have been hit with snowstorms and persistent cold.Average temperatures since Feb. 1 have been a whopping 5 to 10 degrees below normal! So what's going on?An unusually strong and persistent area of high pressure over northern Canada has been forcing ...
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Brugs on Ice...

My field of Angel Trumpets has turned into a Winter Wonderland as the icicles glisten under the Florida sunshine.Of course this is no Winter Wonderland for me, it is devastating to say the least. It is too early to tell what the extent of the freeze damage is, plus another hard freeze is forecast for tonight with more cold weather moving in on the weekend.With temperatures finally above freezing, the sprinklers are working hard to melt the protective cover of ice that was formed overnight. ...
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I hate cold weather...and so do my Brugs!!!!

Well it looks like we are going to start the new Year off with a bang!  The National Weather Service has just issued freeze warnings for Sunday and Monday mornings.This graphic above is the forecast from AccuWeather.com.  I like Weather Underground's forecast better, a low of 31 for both Sunday and Monday mornings.  Two degrees can make a big difference with my Angel Trumpets.   I have found Weather Underground to be historically more accurate around here than AccuWeather.Well, I know what ...
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Where is our fall weather???

Geeze, what's up with this weather.  I went out at 12:30am to look for new blooms and the temperature was 81 degrees out!!!  That is about 10 degrees warmer than it should be for this time of year.Orlando set a new record high of 93 on Sunday.   It was actually a couple degrees warmer out here in Clermont.The good news is that a cold front is supposed to come down next weekend and drop our temps down to the normal zone for October.I'm ready!
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