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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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Weeds, weeds and more weeds....

With many of my potted brugmansia seedlings frozen back to ground level, I had to take a wait and see approach to see which ones would live on and sprout back.  After cutting the frozen plants back to the ground, the soil surface was now exposed to bright sunlight and an influx of weed seeds from a neighboring field.  Normally I would apply some pre-emergent weed preventative on the surface, but I was afraid that may interfere with the plants ability to sprout back from the roots.  I tried ...
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Up, up and away!

While I was home for lunch today I managed to capture a photo of the space shuttle launch.  Here it is taking off over the horizon.Even though I'm smack dab in the center of the state, shuttle launches are still dramatic.
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What a busy year!

There's a reason why my garden blog has become stagnant, it's called too much nice weather!  When the weather's nice outside, I spend all my free time working on my plants. Then when I'm done I'm too tired to blog.  I figure I have just under 9,000 brugmansia seedlings growing now.  I'm not sure why I let this number get so out of control, but every time I have a seedling bloom that is a potential keeper it makes it all worthwhile.I have lots of notes and pictures to share in the new year so ...
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Gardening is my passion and right now, almost an obsession.  At one time in my life it was a career, but the great Florida freezes of the 1980's changed that.  I'll have plenty of time to reflect on that later, but right now I have to run out and make sure the snails aren't making a buffet out of my brugmansia seedlings...

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