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Neighborhood Walks Yield Scented Treasures

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 18th

by Debbie Hughes, Estates Horticulturist

Take a walk around the neighborhood and open your eyes and your nose.  Many of our great wonders can’t be found while driving in a car.  Get out of the house in the summertime – I find the cooler night time is the perfect time.

I walk around my neighborhood every night accompanied by my 6 pound dog, a silver-colored energetic Yorkshire terrier named “Roxy”.  A dog is a great companion to make you exercise when you would rather be lazing around the house.  While we were turning round the last corner before heading home on this dark humid evening, an intriguing smell wafted past my nose.  What could this be?  I looked around knowing Roxy couldn’t help (she was only interested in dog smells).  I knew this had to be some night-time pollinator attractor flower.  As I walked a few more steps, there shining in the evening moonlight was the luminescent blooms of the Angel Trumpet.  It appeared to be the apricot/salmon colored variety.

The angel trumpet works so hard to get the attention of the moth, the pollinator of these heady flowers. Many flowers need more than a night-time glow; they need fragrance. Angel trumpets are classified as vespertine flower is one which opens and blooms in the evening.  The Brugmansia genus, botanically speaking, blooms off and on throughout the warm months usually 4-6 weeks apart. The Estates has two large (6 foot) angel trumpets standing guard at the entrance to the Moonlight Garden. There is a foot long white flowered variety also in another area of the gardens. 

The most certain way to enjoy all that nature has to offer is to get out of the house and capture real life adventures.  The olfactory senses don’t work on the television. We often take cuttings from the Angel Trumpets and offer them up for sale at the Estates Garden Shoppe or at the Downtown Farmer’s Market.  If you can’t grow these plants at home become a member at the Estates so you can regularly observe all the goodies growing.

2 Responses

  1. PAULA BIDDLE Says:

    I WAS RECENTLY AT THE GARDENS IN AUGUST. FOUND A PLANT (SUCCULENT) I WAS TOLD THE NAME DISODACTUS, IS THIS THE CORRECT SPELLING. AND HOW DO YOU SEPERATE OR PROPAGATE THANK YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME

    Posted on August 23rd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

  2. Edison & Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Paula,
    The correct spelling is Disocactus. It is also sometimes called Pseudorhipsalis. What you want to do is pull off 3 segments or so and dip the ends into a rooting horomone and put it into a good-draining soilless mix (not potting soil). Water it once and put it in a shady area. Check it once a week to see if it needs any light watering (be careful not to over-water – the roots could rot). After about a month, it should grow roots! If you have any other questions, stop by and see me at the Estates!
    Debbie Hughes
    Estates Horticulturist

    Posted on August 26th, 2009 at 9:37 am

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