Guidelines For Purchasing Brugmansia Seed|
By Liz Fichtl on June 8, 2010
Beware of the word "rare". One of the most satisfying aspects of growing Brugmansia is growing them from seed. Compared to many other plants, Brugmansia has a relatively fast turnover rate. Plant a seed, and you have a flowering plant within 12 - 18 months. That's pretty fast when you consider something akin to an amaryllis bulb takes three years from seed to flower.
By Liz Fichtl on June 9, 2010
When I first started looking for a Brugmansia that had traits I wanted to pass on to a new cultivar I had in mind, Brugmansia "Sam" wasn't high on my list. It had a tendency to produce flowers that never opened fully, rotted without blooming if it was above 80 degrees and grew so slowly I thought I'd be sitting on a long, grey beard before it got to bush size. On the plus side, the flower color was superb - a nice smoldery raspberry color with a brownish cast, it threw triples frequently, didn't lose buds, made fat seed laden pods and it's leaves were thick and green.
Stained Glass Painting|
By Liz Fichtl on June 10, 2010
I've loved stained glass since I was a child. The colors just thrill me. I am especially fond of Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained glass work. Its just that I don't want to work with glass cutting, lead came and all that soldering. I came up with an alternate and effective solution. Painted stained glass!