procrastination and the Brugmansia

procrastination and the Brugmansia

We’ve been experiencing a few technical difficulties with email notification of new plant lust blog posts. It’s our sincere hope that the situation is rectified. Thusly, it’d be grand to hear from you if you hear from us.

Here’s a little story about some good luck in the garden–at least so far. Instead of digging my Brugmansia, aka Angel Trumpet, and moving it to safe shelter, I stood around pulling my own tail and worrying about it. There were so many buds on the two plants. The Brugmansia ‘Single White’ had bloomed before; the other had not. I did not know its color, but I assumed it was the same plant. Wrong!

Brugmansia 'Single White' started blooming in July.

Brugmansia ‘Single White’ began blooming in July 2016.

Above is a photo of the White Angel Trumpet a month or so after I bought it. Below, the plant today. (What about those inside doodahs? Don’t remember seeing those before on the other flowers. Was it trying to be a B. ‘Double White’. I’ve been looking at Brugs anatomy, but still can’t figure it out. What I don’t know is a lot.)

And this was supposed to be an easy peasy test post–without tons of research. Sheesh.

Brugmansia 'Single White'

Brugmansia ‘Single White’ with inside doodahs.

So. I’d yet to see the other Angel Trumpet bloom. And I super hate to admit this, but I neglected heck out of that poor little start–though I did manage to over winter it inside. Even I could manage something that small–and already potted up. ‘Charlie G’ was a gift from Bonney Lassie at last years bloggers’ swap. One really should take better care of gift plants. Honestly though, who could have imagined this little guy could grow so mighty?

Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' as a wee start.

Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’ as a wee start.

I suppose a real gardener would have thought that. (How long does one remain a padawan, anyway?) So here is Charlie with buds, but alas, no blooms. All my Facebook gardening friends were discussing getting theirs inside.

Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' so close to blooming. What's a gardener to do?

Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’ so close to blooming. What’s a gardener to do?

To reiterate. What was I busy doing? Nothing, that’s what. And lucky me, mild weather ensued.

I give you Brugmansias blooming in late October.

I give you Brugmansia ‘Single While’ and Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’ blooming in late October 2016.

I thought I only liked white flowers, but that’s not true either. Look at these. Not bad, eh?

Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' sporting luscious color.

Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’ sporting luscious color.

One more little thing, has anyone been success with leaving Brugmansia in the ground in zone 7b – 8b. Some of our nurseries show those as viable zones. Seems a little fishy, but I suppose it’s possible. I guess we’ll see if my inaction bears that out.


  • Tim Vojt

    I received an email notification. Hooray.
    Those Brugs are pretty darn awesome. The cantaloupe color on Charles Grimaldi is pretty great.
    Just loving your island bed!

    • Oh goody. Glad that function is working again. Just had lunch with the boss–Megan–and we talked about blogging plans. I’ve a tendency to be willy nilly. But she’s actually put together a calendar/guide of sorts. I’ll try to be more disciplined. Probably.


    • Tim, You’re so dang talented. Love this.
      This is fantastic.

  • Alison

    I was terribly neglectful of my Brugs this year, but my Charles Grimaldi is flowering up a storm anyway. It’s got loads of buds right now and I’m trying to decide if I should drag it into the garage. Not yet, although if it flowers inside, it will perfume the entire garage, which will be awesome every time we go in there. I just stuck a handful of starts a couple of days ago. Just in case it dies over the winter, there might be more in the spring.

    • Hi Alison. I was meaning to ask you about starts. Just clip & plant–or put in water? One of these days I’ll figure it out. But at least if I tried starts and left the mother plant in the ground, I could possibly cover my bases. Thank you again for the plant. It’s so gorgeous.

      • Alison

        They root very easily in water, but sometimes then the transition to soil can be tricky. I’m trying them both ways this time, I put some in water and some straight into soil without any rooting hormone. I should have taken pics for a post.

  • Ricki Grady

    Email seems to be back in business…guess I missed a few posts without even knowing it. The Brugs are gorgeous.

    • Thanks Ricki. Always love hearing from you.

  • greengenes, Jeanne Cronce

    Yes… this has arrived to me! Thanks and its a great bit of info on the brugs. They are so pretty. I just ordered one this late summer, “Charles Grimaldi” and iam hoping it will do good next year! I have it in the greenhouse and wont be planting it in the ground as we are zone 7. But with a great pot and some good sun it should put on a show.

    • Oh good. So nice to hear from you. I was outside today testing for the little buds on the stems–which apparently indicate that it will root. I swear, I’m going to give it a whirl. Keep us posted on your success.