Thursday, October 19, 2017

Beast is Back

We interrupt the Seventh Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event to report that BEAST is back...



But you probably already knew that, based on the stench of rancid chickpea curry.

He's at least managed to launder his stinky duvet, which is a start...



Why has he been away for so long? It appears that Beast was dealing for a couple of years with medical professionals...



Poor Mr. Beastie has endured bladder cancer, operations, chemo, and a nasty tumour named Brian.

Thankfully, everything has been sorted and he's back with us again. I can't believe I said "thankfully" but there you have it. I may have missed him, a little. And even more miraculously, he's posted twice this week!!!

If you haven't already done so, pop over to Beastliness and leave a comment or introduce yourself if you haven't already had the "pleasure" of meeting him. He's taking calls...



In other news, another Brian in the form of a wicked storm is about to hit our friends in the U.K., including Mr Beastie!...



Batten down the hatches, British Bitches!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

British Jon's Garden Photos

Our next entry in the Seventh Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event is from Jon in London, England. A reminder to click to enlarge...


Above: A view up Jon's back passage.

It's been another delightful summer in the extensive gardens here at Dolores Delargo Towers - and, up until mid-July, a hot one too. We also benefited from a particularly mild spring here in London, which meant that all our bulbs and herbaceous plants were off to a very early start, and with the balmy air of May and June everything rocketed to put on some impressive growth.

Our fennel reached eight feet tall, the Rosa "Veilchenblau" grown from a cutting produced almost 20 sprays of flowers, the Nicotiana mutabilis was already six feet tall in April (and its progeny are even taller, and still flowering beautifully in September), and from Kniphofia to delphiniums to lilies to dahlias to salvias, the flowers have all been bigger and better than ever (despite the bloody Fuchsia gall mites!).

I have struggled to whittle down the photos to a manageable few, but here is a selection over three seasons:









We love our garden!

We love your garden too, Jon!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Revisiting Huggy Jon's Garden

Have you Bitches noticed an empty seat in the house?...



That's because our friend, Huggy Jon (aka Deep Blue) of Montréal, Québec has been absent due to a serious illness.

In tribute to Huggy Jon, we here at Infomaniac revisit his floral offerings to 2013's Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event.

"Voici notre petit jardin de balcon."
(Here is our little balcony garden.)

"Way on the top of the first photo you can see a few cosmos; then the big yellow ones are some kind of coreopsis but I'm not sure exactly; then the petunias (light purple) and the big red one is a Pelargonium. I don't know what are the small yellow ones among the petunias."...



"Here you have some calibrachoa (red), verbena (blue) and tagetes (yellow)"...



"On the back balcony, voici des chrysanthemum, pelargoniums et verbena pour cacher la poubelle" (to hide the garbage can)....



Huggy Jon has posted his final message in the comments section of his blog.

Nous t'aimons, Jon.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Norma's Garden Photos

Our next entry in the Seventh Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event is from Miss Normadesmond.

"This photo was taken in April. I’d been given some seeds and I went ahead and sowed"...



"Things were looking kind of good, but then they died.

So I threw it all out and bought a fur coat"...



We remind you that Miss Normadesmond is the reigning Miss Cocks in Frocks.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Dinahmow's Garden Photos

Our next entry in the Seventh Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event
is courtesy of Dinahmow in Queensland, Australia.

Callistemon aka Bottlebrush...



Epidendrum aka Tiger orchid...


View from the shower. The Tecomanthe hillii is known as Fraser Island Creeper.Not a dirty old man, but a rampant climbing vine....



Oncidium orchid...



Phalaenopsis aka Moth orchid and a Spathoglottis orchid...



Phalaenopsis Brother Lawrence orchid hybrid, now 12 years old...



Sunbird nest on front verandah awning cords...

The sunbirds have used this nest, right beside the front steps for the past 2 or 3 years.

Thanks, Dinahmow!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

LX's Garden Photos

Our next entry in the Seventh Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event ( I said event, not competition) is LX.

He's got some 'splainin' to do...



He says, "As I no longer have a yard, or garden, or house plants for that matter, I must submit a garden item from the supermarket.

This year it is cranberry sauce! Just imagine it suggestively giggling inside the can!"

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mr. Peenee's Garden Photos

Our next entry in the SEVENTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT is MR. PEENEE...


(Actual untouched photo of Mr. Peenee)

Over to you, Peenee. Tell us about your garden. (And remember to click to enlarge photos.)

A lovely old timey Buddleia...


I love its fragrance, especially this old one. I have several more further back in the yard with much more dramatic foliage, dark purple with an orange tip, but this is the easiest one for me to get to and also the strongest smell.


A close up of said bed with this years candidates for color, begonias, caladiums, and coleus. I know they're annual to the rest of the world, but here, some of these are 3 years old and going strong...



Next, a view down into my patio edged by a large raised bed, in which I have been switching out plants for all these years, never satisfied and then nostalgic for some bed of Calla lilies I dug up in the Bush administration...



The foxglove is one of those fortuitous accidents, a gypsy that wandered into the yard probably from some bird's poop and keeps coming back every year. Unfortunately, it's in the middle of the path, so you have to navigate around it, I think it's worth it...



I love these tiny, tiny Rain Lilies...


They bloom when it rains or you water them. They're so small the leaves look like a grass and so my new gardener was weeding them out until I sweetly told him to knock it off.


And finally, my annual vista of my back yard, taken from the window behind my toilet. It's the best view I have...


There really is a path through there, and at right angles to it is a new trail caused by my clear cutting tumbled down the hill through the irises and ferns and crocosmia. Oh well, everybody needs a little extra space and light every now and then.

Thank you, Mr. Peenee!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Jeffery's Garden Photos

The SEVENTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT starts today! Our first entry is from JEFFERY.
Let's stroll down the garden path...

(This is not Jeffery, to the best of my knowledge)

But before we get started, note that it is imperative to CLICK TO ENLARGE many of these photos! My blog's margins cannot show the full beauty and scope of these photos without clicking to embigify.

Fourth of July roses...


Angelique tulips...


Geraniums and petunias...


Morning glories...


Peach iris...


Poppies...


Pumpkins...


Sunflowers...


Sunflowers and crepe myrtle...


Sweet peas...


Tulips...


Thank you, Jeffery!

Note: We here at Infomaniac remind you that the Garden Photos Event is NOT a competition.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

The Zen of Gardening

Finally, you Bitches can sit back and relax...



Thanks to those of you who submitted photos for the upcoming SEVENTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT. Take some time to meditate (or medicate, in Peenee's case) and reflect on the fruits of your labour.

In the days to come, you'll be seeing the gardens of your fellow Infomaniac Bitches, blooming before your very eyes.

This year, we here at Infomaniac are taking a different approach. Rather than one long post, we'll divide the event into separate posts. We'll start with the Bitch who was first to submit his photos and then work our way through the list.

Stay tuned. The SEVENTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT begins later this week.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Garden Pics Deadline

Question: Are you lazy Bitches going to send in your garden photos? Or not?...



Read the previous post, if you missed it.

Deadline: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th. 

Note: Jeffery & Mr. Peenee are exempt from this question as they both appear to have a concept of "deadline" and know how to use a calendar.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Show Us Your Stiffcock

Ready to show us your Nipplewort?...



Or your Sticky Willy or your Stiffcock?...



If you took photos of your garden this year in anticipation of THE SEVENTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT, you may submit them now.

Submit a photo or photos of your garden. If you don’t have a garden, send a photo of your houseplants or lawn ornaments. Or for those style queens amongst you, a photo of your artfully arranged cut flowers.

Remember to include a brief blurb about your photo(s).

Please have your pics emailed to me by the end of September and I'll post them as soon as I can, sometime in October.

Photos of previous annual Garden Photos Events may be viewed here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Road Trippin'

The Mistress bids you Bitches farewell until mid-September...


(click to enlarge)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why Can't We Be Friends?

Want to improve race relations but don't know where to start?



Here are some of the many things you can do to help reduce racism in your personal life and in your community.

And a tune I chose to accompany the post. Simple question. Simple lyrics. "Why Can't We Be Friends?"...



The band (War) got the idea for this song when they were traveling in Japan in the early '70s. Drummer Harold Brown said, "We're all connected by language, and by our food, and by our culture. Most racists don't know why they're racist. But you pick them up and take them over and drop them in a country, like India or Pakistan, guess what? 'Why can't we be friends?' Because all of a sudden you find out we're more alike inside than we are on the outside. We started realizing that that's really important. You travel all over the world, you can't speak a lot of their language. But one thing they do know, they know your body language, how you may react."