Saturday, October 12, 2019

Jeffery's Garden Photos

The next entry in the EIGHTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT is Jeffery from Philadelphia, USA. 

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Gloriosa lilies
Orange clivia
Peony tulips
Marilyn tulips
Planter in front
Species crocus
Species red tulips
Yellow clivia
NOTE: Jeffery can't respond to your comments because of some cock-up with Google/Blogger. Nonetheless, please feel free to leave a comment here for Jeffery.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Jon's Garden Photos

Our first entry in the Ninth Annual Infomaniac Garden Photo Event comes to us from Jon in London, England.
(Remember to click photos to enlarge!)
Take it away, Jon!

From this...
To this...
It's been an odd year for us gardeners, weather-wise. After the semi-tropical long, hot summer in 2018, we were lulled into a false sense of optimism by the early warm weather we had in February this year - we even had fuchsias and snapdragons in flower in what should have been the winter months, alongside the bulbs (daffs, tulips, anemones, cyclamen, crocus and aconites among them, together with a new acquisition Ipheion), pansies, primulas and wallflowers!
Spring: Clockwise from top left - Cyclamen coum, Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite), Ipheion uniflorum (Spring Starflower), Tulipa 'Gavota'.
It wasn't to last, however. March saw gale-force winds and storms (that blew away our plastic greenhouse), April was wet and miserable right up until Easter when the sun shone, then May and June went (mostly) unseasonably cold again. Needless to say, that buggered up the chances of the carefully-nurtured seedlings we'd planted out in the hope of putting on some growth during the lead-up to what's laughingly known in the UK as "mid-summer"; they got a helluva shock, and several (especially the species ipomoeas and the cobaea) never fully recovered. We're used to the Gulf Stream effect, and instead at times it felt more like the Baltic. Regardless, our tough "old reliables" - the blue rose, scilla, mimulus, petunias, foxgloves, osteospermum, thalictrum, geraniums, aquilegia, hesperis, coreopsis and campanula (plus our new lilies and eucomis) - provided that summer colour we needed.

Early summer: Clockwise from top left - Thalictrum aquilegiifolium, Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen', Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove) “Dalmatian Purple”, Rosa "Veilchenblau".

Mid-summer: Clockwise from top left - Campanula medium (Canterbury Bells) 'Deep Blue', Hemerocallis 'Crimson Pirate', Eucomis zambesiaca 'White Dwarf', Dahlia 'Bishop's Children mix' (unnamed) with Begonia × tuberhybrida 'Sangria'.

Late summer: Clockwise from top left - Fuchsia 'Lady Isobel Barnett', Salvia patens 'Patio Deep Blue', Fuchsia 'Blue Waves',
Salvia 'Amistad'.
Thankfully we did finally get a "proper summer" in July and August, and the extensive gardens were (and still are, to a degree) awash with colour - with the phlox, fuchsias, salvias, monarda, agastache, hollyhocks, begonias, thunbergia, verbena and dahlias commanding centre stage. And, of course, there's still a couple of months yet to go before any of them get frost-bitten, with any luck...

Roll on 2020!

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Coming Soon - The Big Reveal

Are you ready to show all?

Starting this coming Sunday, we'll reveal your submissions to the Ninth Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event.

Rather than one long post, you'll each have your own individual garden photos post. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Garden Photos Deadline

The deadline to submit your garden photos is approaching. If you do not meet the deadline, there will be consequences...
Submit your photos by Monday, September 30th for the NINTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT

Maximum 8 photos. Please include a brief description of each photo. 

Photographs will be published in October, in the order in which they were received.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fall Foliage

While you're waiting for everyone to submit their photos for the NINTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT, you may admire the fall foliage...

Click to embiggen the view

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Pirate Booty

What are you doing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th?

Oh, that's right... we promised you pirate booty...

 Welcome back, AyeM8y!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Submit Your Garden Photos

The Mistress has left you hanging long enough...

It's time to submit your garden photos for the NINTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT.

Select up to 8 of your favourite photos of your garden and email them to me by the end of September. If you don't have a garden, take photos of your houseplants or floral arrangements. (We're not fussy.)

Please include a brief description of each photo.