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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...

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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Double Pleasure

I recently was rewarded with a couple of new double blooms on my Brugmansia seedlings.  The yellow one is the one that I'm most excited about. It is a cross between Hawaiian Double White x Ecuador Pink and Jamie's Monkey Business.  It only had the one bloom when I snapped this picture but several new buds have recently formed and should be open before the new year.  This was just one of several plants I have from this cross but it is the only one with double yellow blooms. ...
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Oh my aching back....

This weekend I continued to clean-up my brugmansia seedling collection.  I decided to let the plants in one gallon pots stay in their original pots rather then up size them to larger ones. Most are rooted in the ground so they have the stability they need to stay upright.  Another group of younger gallon size plants had been attacked by caterpillars so I removed the damaged leaves and spaced the plants out.For my major weekend project I opted to move my larger 3 inch potted seedlings up to 4 ...
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Mission accomplished!

Today I finished my tie job and managed to place most of my mature potted brugmansia seedlings in neat rows.  I ended up with 6 rows with 40-50 plants per row.  Most of these seedlings were started in early spring and many will be blooming for the first time soon.  I expect that at least a third of these will be tossed into the compost pile because their blooms will not make the cut.  All have the potential to display unique one of a kind flowers. About 20 over-sized plants were planted in ...
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