Thursday, September 30, 2010
The cooler nights and shorter days have given way to an abundance of Angel's Trumpet Blooms at the Greenhouses. For those of you who have never grown Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansias), these are fast growing fluted flowers that emit an intoxicating nighttime fragrance. Easy-to-grow, simply give lots of fertilizer and full sun and the blooms will reward you time and again. I took pictures of three varieties that were in full bloom yesterday.
Angel's Trumpet 'Cherub' has hundreds of open flowers. The nighttime fragrance is overwhelming.
This is a 6 year-old specimen. Every fall, we prune it back to a bare stem, about 3 feet high and then overwinter it in a cool greenhouse or you can overwinter an Angel's Trumpet in a basement or a garage that doesn't go below freezing. Water only once a month and when springtime arrives put the plant in a sunny spot and watch it sprout back to life.
This year a bird's nest made a home in 'Cherub' at its trunk bifurcation.
The flowers gather in frilly pink clusters.
The Italian Terra-Cotta pot is about 32 inches wide and has been in the Logee-Martin family for nearly 60 years.
A new Variety of Angel's Trumpet will be introduced in 2011. It is another Byron Martin hybrid called Brugmansia 'Angel's Blushing Beauty'.
I turned the pot for another view of this two year-old specimen. Notice the lovely soft pink blooms that cascade in layers of color.
Of course, our old standby Brugmansia 'Angel's Summer Dream' was blooming its head off and does so most of the year.