There I was staring up through a forest, sunlight barely squeezing through thick branches, leaves closing in on me. I closed my eyes and thought back, back to a time when life was simpler, before the forest, before I learned the secret of growing Brugmansia.
Audrey lll making her way up to the second story of my house.
That’s right, I did it, I successfully grew Brugmansia. We have been successful to the point of scary, perhaps. She – yes, she -- has grown so big she has taken over a small portion of my yard, making it difficult to climb the back stairs over my garage. I have named her Audrey III.
Audrey lll just after I first planted her.
Gone are the days of watching a spindly, anemic Brugmansia die miserably at the end of the season. Now I have Audrey III, who blocks out the sun, and who I also believe is planning to ingest me.
What is the secret? What did I do different? I read that Brugmansia like to be sheltered from the wind, so I planted Audrey III in the quiet walkway between my house and my garage. Lo and behold, she is now a heck of a lot bigger than I am, and still growing.
I water her regularly, but I haven’t really fed her yet, although I have a feeling she will ask me to any day now.
She also has yet to bloom, but this may also be a good thing.