Sunday, December 09, 2018

Jeffery's Garden Photos

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

Click pics to enlarge.
Moon Vines
Jerusalem Artichokes
Foxgloves and Prince of Orange Poppies
The Jungle
Cimicifuga, Liatris, and Sweet White Peas

Thank you, Jeffery!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Jon's Garden Photos


Our first entry is from JON in London, England. Click pics to enlarge...

From "Narnia" to "Club Tropicana" in one year? What an utterly stressful start we had to 2018 (and especially so for our garden) - we put down a deposit in January on a new flat, then had the onerous task of digging up our entire, mature, carefully-nurtured plant collection in order to either dump them, give them away, or re-plant them into pots, in preparation for the move. In February! As if that wasn't bad enough, we could only watch as probably the worst, coldest, dampest March in decades ["The Beast from the East"] froze everything we'd transported.

But once things thawed out - and we went on to have a lovely mild Spring - the whole shebang survived and thrived (entirely in pots) through the Great Heatwave we had in June, July and August - and in the process we created probably the best garden we've had so far... 

[clockwise from left] Hesperis matronalis (Sweet Rocket); Ipomoea tricolor (Morning Glory) "Kniola's Black"; Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove); Lilium martagon "Nicotine".

[clockwise from left] Aquilegia x hybrida "Blue Star"; Dahlia (grown from seed variety "Bishop's Children" back in 2014); Fuchsia "Bobolink" (just one of twenty-one varieties we have collected this year); Monarda didyma "Red Colours".

Tree Lily (probably "Pretty Woman"); Asarina scandens; Phlox paniculata; Ipomoea lobata (Spanish Flag).

There's much, much more I could share pictures of, of course - from early spring bulbs such as iris, snowdrops, daffodils and crocus, to early summer flowers like lupins, thalictrum, geranium, polemonium, lobelia and campanula, to annuals (or half-hardies) such as petunia, hollyhock, pelargonium, verbena, mimulus, nicotiana, begonia, thunbergia, cobaea and impatiens, to the ever-lovely and enduring salvias.  But one has to stop somewhere!

And what better way than with our mid-summer visitor, the endlessly amusing "Smiling Wasp" (Ectemnius cavifrons), which helped rid us of pesky caterpillars for several months, all the while craning its neck to keep its eye on us?!

Thank you, Jon!

Sunday, December 02, 2018

TFGES: The Journey Continues

Before we start in on the garden photos, be sure to visit Rimpy Rimpington's Continuing History of the Freakin' Green Elf Shorts

Rimpy picks up where my Definitive History of the Freakin' Green Elf Shorts left off but he also does a bang-up job of recapping all the previous entries.

Rimpy Rimpington

Mr. Rimpington is now in charge of documenting the further adventures of our beloved item of green apparel. 

A round of applause for Rimpy! Long live The Freakin' Green Elf Shorts

And another round of applause for Mr. DeVice. When you visit Rimpy's blog, you'll see the map Mr. DeVice created at the top of the page to follow the trail of filth as The Shorts circle the globe. 

So CLICK HERE now for The Continuing History of the Freakin' Green Elf Shorts!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Coming Soon - The Big Reveal!

We'll soon reveal your submissions to the Eighth Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event.

Rather than one long post, you'll each have your own individual garden photos post. I'll publish your photos in the order in which they were received.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Got Houseplants?

In the last post, I asked you to send me your garden photos for the Eighth Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event. So far, I've received entries from several of you Bitches. 

This message, then, is for the Mr. Peenees of this world who said, "Since the people who bought my house insisted the yard come with it, I will not be able to compete this year."

If you don't have a garden, send me a photo of your houseplant(s). Or the floral arrangement on your dining room table. Or tie a bow around that stalk of celery in your fridge.

I do, however, draw the line at this sort of thing...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Call for Garden Photos

Send in your garden photos for the Eighth Annual Infomaniac Garden Photos Event

No deadline. Just do it.

Better late than never.

No more than 10 photos per person and please give a brief description of each photo, and tell me which town and country you're in

Saturday, October 06, 2018

The Latest Winner of The Freakin' Green Elf Shorts!

The winner of The Freakin' Green Elf Shorts Competiton is AlpoJones in the state of Washington, USA. Click here. I've also posted the photo, here...

Congratulations, AJ! AJ's entry, as you can see, is on a Tumblr site. AJ has wasted no time posting her photo, and getting the next FGES competition up and running. She's ready for your captions.

If you want to win The Shorts (of course you do!) check out Rimpy Rimpington's post here for details on how to enter.

Rimpy shows us that we don't have to be a member of Tumblr to enter AJ's Freakin' Green Elf Shorts Competition. 

Deadline: 10/31/2018 at 11:59:59 PM PDT

A round of applause for Rimpy Rimpington who did a most excellent job of getting the competition up and running again.