'Rose of Sharon'

'Rose of Sharon'
The often unruly 'Rose of Sharon' can benefit from pruning

September Peacock Orchids

September Peacock Orchids
Need division

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Join Us In Our Greenhouse Journey!

My husband recently renovated an ancient greenhouse to house his prized Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansia). Please accompany us in our efforts to turn this into a lucrative venture and have fun playing in the dirt!


While his newly renovated structure is largely filled with pots of Brugmansia, he's allowed me some room to play and propagate as well. The Brugs are potted and thriving, exhibiting daily development and will eventually make their way to the local Farmer's Market, where he will painstakingly advise the purchasers of planting and care directions.

Angel's Trumpets fall largely into two categories, Brugmansia and Datura. There are also trumpet vines and other specimens with trumpet shaped flowers which are so nicknamed.

Flushes and Fragrance

True Angel's Trumpets are native to the tropics and flourish in the most southern regions of the US, but in our Zone 7 gardens they require extra attention to reach their potential. In optimum growing conditions they may reach 15 feet in height with spreads of six to eight feet across.

Once they begin to bloom (flush) efforts are rewarded with hundreds of prolific blooms. Regarded as one of the most fragrant of all flowers, the evening smell entices one to breath deeply to take it all in. Don't let the fragrance obscure your vision, these plants glow in the dark and are a great focal point in a moon garden!

My Plantings

My contributions thus far have included plantings of Primrose, Dahlia and Cleome. My houseplants are divided and blooms are being forced. Although I am a longtime outdoor gardener, the indoor forcing efforts are a new experience. I was successful with paper white daffodils and Holiday cacti. Jonquils, crocus and hyacinths are chilling and wildflower, marigolds and cosmos are sprouting in pots.

My latest challenge is dividing a Bromeliad. Comments and advice are welcome, if you have questions, ask, we might have the answers. Check back often on our progress.