Friday, October 17, 2014

YOUR GARDEN PHOTOS!

We take great pride in presenting the FOURTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT!

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You each deserve a rose.

Now let's get started. Some photos may enlarge if you click on them.

LX:
Any more, my gardening efforts center around buying fresh cat grass for the kitties!
Did I win yet?


MISS SCARLET:
My big pink bush!...

I took this picture in Spring in readiness for The Great Infomaniac Gardening Show... sadly it is now Autumn and my bush is now looking the worse for the weather. Wilted and less than spectacular. Ha! This could be my life story. :)


MR. DeVICE:
As last year's Pot Plot just outside the back door got turned into a more commodious seating area, I re-homed a lot of the potted plants into the borders (after I'd reshaped them, that is - the borders, not the plants). So here they are as of June.

The left-hand border includes foxgloves, acquilegias, delphiniums, verbena, veronica, gaura, climbing roses, cat mint, buddleia and a grape vine...


At the back are more foxgloves and aquilegias, plus hostas, astilbes and a rheum palmatum...


In the right-hand border are even more foxgloves, aquilegia, gaura and cat mint, along with penstemon, heuchera, cleome, agapanthus, box and lavender...


The final - and more recent - photo is of my little Japanese-style garden that I managed to squeeze in between the ex-Pot Plot and the garden proper...


MAGO:
Plant A has made it. As expected. Tough little bahsted. I should perhaps stuff some earth in its cup as a reward since I can lift it all out without any crumbs left behind...


Plant B - strong as ever. Even this white mouldish stuff vanished ; nothing fell off for some time ; order is restored. The background? Some curtains here. Move on...



Introducing "jeffg166," an Infomaniac reader:
Bloodroots: first thing up in Spring...


Camomille given to me by a friend 17 years ago. He died ten years ago. I never plant this it reseeds every year somewhere in the yard. Just letting me know he's still around...


Flying saucer morning glories. My favorite variety...


Flying saucer morning glories closeup Mr. Demille...



GROUCHY:
My garden of Pink Bromeliad surrounded by rain lilies. The Bromeliad is planted in its own pot and has done very well for three months...


When I am not busy gardening, I enjoy strolling around the lush, tropical  gardens at Condom World...


MR. PEENEE:
"jardin d'penee"
I was distracted and missed out on pictures of the yard in the spring when everything was blooming. This is from the terribly drought ravaged July we had...


NORMA:
Here's the tree peony, planted above the late "Bella."


And here's Bella...


Another fancy peony for Bella...


Happily, not all the corgis here are dead! (but all those tulips are!)


And a deer, passing through, who took one look at our garden and "hocked a louie." (We don't say "loogie" in Boston) ..





THOM:
I wasn't able to devote as much time and energy to gardening as I would've liked to, so it was all sort of wild and weedy. None the less, here are a few photos from earlier this year, plus some cut flowers from the garden for good measure...













MISTRESS MADDIE:
I have two submissions for your tour of my lovely Casa du Borghese. You will have to forgive the grounds right now dear, with all my traveling and houseboys hit or miss, the gardens were looking a bit shabby...


My apologies. And as one can see, my peacock and peacunt were running amuck...


And no cut flowers or foliage indoors at the moment except for these........... I guess they got too close to the road."...

My real gardens are all but wilted.......damn cold is a comin'.

BRITISH JON:  
Our year has been one of change. From happy beginnings in Spring, our plans for getting the gardens at Dolores Delargo Towers looking the best they'd ever been were in full sway, starting with the Spring window box...


Another spring joy - in addition to the daffodils, bluebells, fritillaria, tulips and aquilegias, was the brand new (to our garden) Anemone de Caen...


We started to go a bit mad on acquisitions for the summer to come, including Veronica spicata, dahlias, various alliums, Brodiaea, petunias, Oxalis, and looked on proudly at the delphiniums, poppies and the myriad pots (fuchsias, osteospermums, Asarina, lilies and all) - and then the bomb-shell was dropped! Our "housemate" pulled the plug on the whole thing by refusing to renew the lease, and we were faced with the prospect of moving all this lot to a new home...



Which we did (although we were extremely sad to say goodbye to our jet-black hollyhock...


With a lot of hard work and effort, we've made a start on getting the new place in some semblance of order...




But the hard work will pay off, and we'll have a fab show next year!

PS, the greatest joy of all this year was when - after eighteen years, our Cymbidium orchid finally flowered...



And finally, a corner of Mistress MJ's colossal Coleus with special guest...



THE END


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We wish to thank all the Infomaniac Bitches who participated in 2014’s garden photos EVENT (this is not a contest.) As you know, this has become an annual event here on Infomaniac so remember to GET GROWING in 2015!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nothing To See Here 'Til Friday

If it's your garden photos you're looking for...


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Come back on Friday.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thanksgiving

It's the Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada.

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Need we remind you about kitchen safety?

While you're waiting for me to post the Garden Photos Event, (please give me some time,) let's look closer at the photos on the refrigerator door, belonging to the man above...



The three photos on the fridge appear to be:

Top: Two naked people of indeterminate sex?
Centre: A younger man and woman?
Bottom: A naked old woman?

And on the kitchen counter we see a framed baby photo.

Thoughts?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Insane Gardeners

Mistress MJ's prayers to Saint Gertrude of Nivelles have been answered.


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Saint Gertrude of Nivelles was a 7th century abbess who, with her mother Itta, founded the monastery of Nivelles in present-day Belgium.

She is the patron saint of  gardeners, travellers, cats, and the mentally ill. In short, people like us.

In any case, my prayers were answered.

Prayer #1: You Bitches been submitting your Garden Photos Event pics (deadline: Saturday, October 11).

Prayer #2: Our PRINCESS has returned! Hooray!

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos, including those I haven't yet had the chance to email.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Get Growing!

Demand for condoms is so high here at Infomaniac that we are forced to work overtime for much of October...

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So let's give you a little project to work on while you're waiting for my return.

SATURDAY, October 11th is the deadline to submit your garden photos for the FOURTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT.

Submit a photo (or 2 or 3) 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).

Get growing, Bitches!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Harsh Toilet Tissue

There is no form of human illness QUITE so humiliating as rectal trouble...


FEAR OF SPLINTERS in harsh toilet tissue led to a successful advertising campaign (1920s & 1930s) that made Scott the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter of toilet tissue.

One brand, Sani-Tissue, was treated with balsam to ensure softness. 

An ad warned that "after 40 years of age, doctors say you have one chance in two of contracting some form of rectal disease." The cause? "Harsh or impure toilet paper."

You can read more about it here.

So how about you? Do you feel susceptible to the troubles caused by harsh toilet tissue?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hand-Drying Hygiene

When was the last time you saw one of these in a public lavatory?...


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Aside from being unhygienic, the continuous cloth towel roll frequently jammed.

So how should we dry our hands? Paper towels? Warm air hand dryers?



Studies have found that "hand dryers harbour bacteria and can blast germs into the atmosphere and promote infection."

Another study suggests that "paper towels are more efficient because they dry hands quicker and prevent transfer of germs."

Yet another study concludes that "paper towels and warm air hand dryers have the highest environmental toll."

Then there's the Dyson Airblade. Here we see Sir James Dyson of vacuum cleaner fame who states that "the Dyson Airblade hand dryers dry hands quickly and that the digital motor self-adjusts 6,000 times a second to maintain optimum efficiency."


I'm seeing more and more of these in public toilets. The hand dryer, that is...NOT Sir James.

Dyson's come up with another hand-drying innovation...the Dyson Airblade Tap Hand Dryer (click illustration to enlarge)...

The Dyson Airblade Tap Hand Dryer combines a faucet and a hand dryer, letting users dry their hands at the sink, rather than hiking over to a hand dryer and letting water drip all over the floor. Dyson thinks it ultimately "ought to be in everybody's house" as it's more hygienic than using and re-using hand towels. But with a price tag of £999, we won't be seeing one soon in the Infomaniac salle de bain. If you want to see how it works, click here for a video clip.

So how do you dry your hands in a public toilet facility?