Saturday, October 12, 2019

Jeffery's Garden Photos

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

Click on photos for maximum viewing pleasure.
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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Croc Nation

As if MAGA supporters weren't deplorable enough, we now have these people...

Croc loyalists have dubbed themselves the "Croc Nation."

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Infomaniac Suggestion Box

Please leave your suggestions here...

Sunday, August 11, 2019

A Bigger Bang for Your Buck

Suppose that you find one dollar (or the equivalent of one dollar in your country's currency.)

What do you do with it?

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Happy Birthday, Jon!

Happy birthday, Jon!

Jon's holidaying in Amsterdam at the moment. We wish him a fab fortnight of fun.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Summer Insects

Summer insects. Friends or foes? Discuss.

Is Your Summer Flying By?

Let's look at the date on that wall calendar a little more closely. It's August 6th, already!
Is your summer flying by or dragging along?

Thursday, August 01, 2019

States to Avoid

A recent survey about Crocs across the United States showed that the Classic Clog is the most popular in the middle of the country (Eastern Midwest and Mountain regions), while it was the least popular on the two coasts and in the South.

The states that most favor the classic Crocs shoe are, in order of popularity: Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, New Hampshire, Alaska, Wyoming, Missouri, Iowa, South Carolina and Utah.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Fish Flops

Thanks (?) to Miss Scarlet for alerting The Mistress to this latest trend: fish footwear...

More styles available here.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

House Guests from Hell

The revolving door has finally swung shut on The Mistress's house guests. One guest was annoying and disrespectful of the house rules.

Rule #1 (of many): Do not, I repeat, do NOT leave your snotty Kleenex tissues on The Mistress's dining room table. Ditto for your backpack and/or handbag. 

Rule #2: Do not file your nails on The Mistress's furniture, especially if the nail shavings are falling directly onto my sofa. Can you not do that in the bathroom?

How about you? Do you Bitches have house rules?

Monday, July 08, 2019

House Guests

The Mistress is taking a few days off to entertain house guests. Considering her lack of hostess skills, this will be a challenge...

The Mistress will catch up with you Bitches when time permits. In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Crocs With Socks

Apparently, there is a trend of wearing Crocs with socks...

The socks are built-in to the Crocs. This particular pair costs $140...

The Mistress has no further comment. Do you?

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Public Service Announcement #39

If you're cruising this summer on the Infomaniac Love Boat, you must wear a life jacket...


This has been an Infomaniac Public Service Announcement.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Happy Fourth of July!

To all you American Bitches...

Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, July 01, 2019

The First of July

July 1st holds special meaning to The Mistress. It's Canada Day; it's Norma's birthday; and it's the day that our friend LX posted his first comment on Infomaniac, back in 2008. Click here to be carried back to days of yore.

In honour of all three events, The Mistress offers you Bitches the most Canadian of cakes: a lumberjack cake...

The Mistress is not in the most celebratory of moods. Why?  Because LX (aka XL aka Mr. Lax) has published his final blog post.  

LX has been the Official Infomaniac Pillow Fluffer and Personal IT Consultant to The Mistress for many moons. He is a loyal friend to us all.

And you know that "Banned By Infomaniac" sticker that you've all received? Some of you NUMEROUS times? That's LX's creation...

The Mistress is in denial that LX may not be hanging about to celebrate future festive events with his signature dish: the traditional cranberries recipe...


1 can jellied cranberry sauce


Remove both ends of can.

Push product onto plate.


The Mistress has deluded herself into believing that he is using a health issue as an excuse; an excuse to get out of entering his limp ficus (again) in the upcoming 9th Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Contest.

LX, if we must see you off, The Mistress will see to it that you are hooked up intravenously to the Vodka Fountain. 

Oh, and Mr. Lax? You're a winner. You never really had to ask...

Sunday, March 24, 2019

I Missed My Own Party

It seems that I've taken my eye off the clock...

I missed the 13th anniversary of Infomaniac on March 23rd AND more importantly, Mr. DeVice's birthday on March 22nd, and Miss Scarlet's birthday on March 9th.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Super Bowl Sunday

This event holds no interest for The Mistress but for those of you who enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, here's a look behind the scenes...