I don't have any Brugs ...YET! But I think your idea is great fun. I would love to watch the competition. Friendly contests are fun for all and make even DG a more exciting place...and I didn't think that was possible!
Instead of a Blue ribbon though how about a DG Embossed plant marker that gives the plant discription and says "I won the DG Contest Award on (date) This could be made out of a gold or blue embossable metal available at craft stores and would make a great way to show off a bit in your gardens.
aarrgg!! I was in Homestead, FL this past weekend, I could barely keep my eyes on the road with all the nurseries on both sides. The brugs were out front, some were loaded with so many flowers, and as tall as 8feet (rough estimate moving at 60mph from about 100 yr from the road).
Wish I had a digital cam to take pics, then I'm all set for the blue ribbon!! :))
I'd love to get in on this IF my camera is working at that time! It doesn't sometimes!! Only thing is, I grow mine in pots...so they probably won't hold a candle to those of you who grow yours in-ground!
Well, sounds like we container gardeners are all in the same boat.
I wouldn't show mine. Every summer mid heat, I go to war with the catapillers, they usually win. I have some five sticks of varying height with two leaves left on top. And burgs tend not to get fed enough in containers.
Let alone BLOOM! I'm on my fourth year and nary a sign of a full head of leaves let alone bloom.
Sounds like a great idea. Question though. I am growing mine in a container, it's at least a few years old and it is doing beautifully! Since this is my first one maybe Cena can help me about the catapillers. And why should mine not do as well in a container as in the ground? I love these plants and would like to see pictures of others.
I was also told I could winter mine over if I cut it way back and protected it well. I guess that's more than one question, but I would appreciate any help.
Bummer, Cena! I had plentiful blooms the first year from small cuttings that grew and grew and grew! Have you tried Volck Oil Spray? Someone somewhere had said that works for many insects... and I did use it for spider mites last summer, it worked great! But I did have to reapply about a month and a half later. Also, it's widely available...if I can get it around here, I know you can. It's made by Ortho, I got it at a hardware store - around $5. Has anyone else tried it?
Karma, I will be glad to use Daves artwork but think we need to pass it by him first for approval? I'll hyperlink this thread to him and see what his thoughts are on it. Don't want to anger the Number 1 Web Master!
I'd also like to participate...I grow mine in pots and have to winter them over...two of mine grew last year, and the other three are cuttings from these...Please keep us updated on the progress of this contest...How fun!!...meplant :) :)
Could someone answer my question (as a Newbie grower) I asked on 5-30 as to why besides feeding that Cena mentioned why these babies don't do as well in pots as in the ground? And if meplant can overwinter them in Wash. I should be able to here in the pot in NC, right? So far mine are budding & flowering like mad, but do dry out in the pot almost daily. Don't want to water too much, right? Thanks for any help.
(Sure wish I had some Brugs so I could join in...have never grown them b4. Our local Southern States is going out of bizness...I'm heading over there to see if they have any.) I'm gonna be watching this contest!
Count me in!! Guess I am a newbie Brug grower, having received my first Brug off ebay last spring, then cuttings from Karma last fall. Currently, all are in pots except one (which survived the winter in ground).
I can do the design either way. I personally would keep Daves Garden logo as is since the contest is a DG kinda thing! I can add a Brug on the bottom before or after the winners name. But The logo represents the site and I like it!
What ever you like is fine though so let me know for sure what you want. I'll do up a sketch and e=mail it to you and Dave so you can Tweek it befor I emboss the metal. Also need to know how many catagories and their titles so we can do one for each.
As for adding the Datura...I can't say because I have never seen one! Are they as difficult to grow and as lovely? If they are comparable in the effort they require to achieve a beautiful bloom then by all means lets include them!
Sounds great and we will all be winners with our Datura's and Brug's and thier terrific aroma even if we don't win the honor. I live in Georgia and have 9 Brugs that I overwinter in the ground. (I still perfer to call them Angel Trumpet. I guess it's the Georgia red neck showing through. I used to live in Alabama also.) My Datura always comes back from the roots but I overwinter them in pots. I have an abundance of Datura's this year from seeds and the roots. They are forming buds now so it won't be long. Thanks JJsgarden for helping me determine that I did indeed have Datura.
Dear KHT. Boy, am I behind or I posted my thanks for your pictures someplace else and can't find where I did it. But again, the hyperlink was great. Also thanks to all of you because I now know I have Daturas also. Got them from a "little ole lady" down the street who swore she brought them from Panama years ago. I thought the leaves looked familiar, then they started to set blooms. For sure not some wierd plant, but a cultivated plant that grows wild here. Question: difference 'tween this and jimson weed?