Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Perfuming the night 2


This is not the greatest of pics, but our Angel Trumpets aren't much to look at this year. The trees are spindly and the leaves are a sickly shade of unhappy green. Now, at the end of the season, we have our first three flowers. I was hoping to show you how the flower shape of the Angel Trumpet is the same as the moonflower, only these trumpets hang downward and unfurl in the same pretty way. The flowers last a bit longer than the moonflowers, as well.

There is a bit of confusion among the common names of these plants with trumpet-shaped flowers. I'm as confused as anyone. We call White Daturas *moonflowers*, but the link I provided in my first post about them was to another plant commonly called a moonflower which is in the morning glory family. Pam, who lives in the desert, mentioned in her comment to yesterday's post that Daturas grow there, but not moonflowers. So, I'm guessing she's refering to Purple Daturas, of Jimson Weed fame. I guess it's the same plant, but with a different colored flower. Both have the spiney, thorn-covered seed balls that give them their other common name, Thorn Apples. The purples do not make a nice garden plant, in my opinion, and are very weedy looking.

Angel Trumpets are Brugmansias, I think. I'm afraid to be too certain. Is everyone confused yet? The rule my DH and I follow is that if the flowers point up to the moon we call it a *moonflower* and if they point downward it's an Angel Trumpet. Works for us!


In good years, we have a few plants in large tubs that look like this one, courtesy of Birds and Blooms. Isn't it fantastic! My father-in-law grew the most spectacular Angel Trumpets and his yard was filled with them. Quite a sight! Somewhere in the attic I have a copy of an article the local paper did about him and his flowers. The local ABC news affiliate picked up the story and interviewed him - that was something to see my in-laws on television. Wish I could have put my hands on the article to post here tonight.

6 comments:

Michelle said...

Don't the Angel Trumpets smell fantastic????

Mine have not bloomed this year, don't have any buds at all. I wonder why. The drought maybe? Bugs me because they are my favorite plant and I nurse them all year long. Krasi will be sad that my hydrangea has finally bit the dust even though I watered all summer.

Endment said...

What a spectacular photo - I have never seen such a plant - I would have been happy if our plant had grown one successful blossom...
I wonder - how far does the fragrance travel from a plant with so many blossoms?

lené said...

It is a fantastic photo. Like endment, I've never seen such a plant.

silverlight said...

What a beautiful plant. She looks spectacular. And fragance! Wonderful.

Sandy said...

It is beautiful, and yes I am confused!!
Is this a night-blooming plant?

LauraHinNJ said...

These are day bloomers, Sandy. But the fragrance is strongest at night. My DH has been searching high and low for a red blooming plant, but he can't find them anywhere.

A large tree in full flower like the one in the pic is show-stopping. My father-in-law could grow them that way. Our problem has always been keeping them alive through the winter.