Friday, 25 February 2022

The Infomaniac Garden Photos Event 2022 Announcement

The House of
I N F O M A N I A C
Garden Photos Event 2022
 
will be held again here later in the year
(unless any of you fancy having a go at hosting, that is)

 You know, this might be the earliest announcement for the Infomaniac Garden Photos Event ever published?  If I could be arsed I'd do some research to check, but I can't, so you'll just have to go along with it.  Unless you'd like to check for yourselves, of course?

 Anyway, as I've treated myself to a day off work and have got shit all else to blog about, I have taken The Very Mistress's advice (command? order?) and come up with this primer for this year's Event, complete with photos of the pre-Spring blooms here at Hexenhäusli Device!

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  Oh, before we go any further, here's a musical accompaniment to your downward scrolling: The Procession of Celestial Beings, composed by Joe Hisaishi and performed by the New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra (from The Tale of Princess Kaguya - which I watched the other day).

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 Right.  The Event.  This year will be much like previous years in that I'd like you to send me photos of your green fingered & thumbed efforts - big or small, indoors or out, proletariat pansies or prize-winning passionflowers - in time for a grand show in November. 

 However, as well as the usual growths from this year (and some Terrifying Triffidery, of course) I'd also like you to send in one or two (or more) photos from your garden(s) of years past - a theme that came about thanks to some reminicences from Dinah.  It would be great to see how your garden has changed over the years, or if you've moved house, what your previous garden(s) looked like and what you grew.  For the old hands at this, if you can find something that hasn't featured in a Garden Photos Event before, even better!  If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas, please leave them in the comments.

 Anyway (again), here are the rest of the Hexenhäusli Device flowers:

Some snowdrops under the fruit trees

A pot of bulbs (and a Hellebore) I put together in 2020 as a Christmas gift for The Parents

Some crocuses (and daffs) coming through at the front of Hexenhäusli Device

Some nice, fragrant narcissus

Tête-à-tête in a border

A Hellebore in my shady garden behind the garage

A pot of quite ordinary, bog-standard daffodils on the paysho

A little something for Ms Scarlet - she'll know what I'm alluding to.  I hope...
(Not that I'm implying any untruthfulness from her, of course)

Signs of Spring in my shady garden - Arum italicum (Italian lords-and-ladies) and a foxglove

View across the pond (with one of the few remaining Iris reticulatas in the foreground)

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 I think that'll be it from me for February.  See you in March!

17 comments:

  1. Spring bulbs are such a joy.

    I am looking forward to the next Garden Photos Event, of course (and we do have garden photos going back through three house moves that I will need to soft through to find the most appropriate!) - but I do fear you are suffering a touch of "premature propagation"...

    Jx

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    1. It's a medical condition! I'm sure I'm not the only one. Am I?

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  2. Spring bulges are a total joy... wait, what? Oh. Imagine MY disappointment. Nothing disappointing about these photos though... how wonderous, indeed. Now... back to the subject at hand... when can I expect to see some spring bulges? And where?

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    1. It's going to have to get A LOT warmer here before the bulges are out and about.

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  3. Oh my goodness! I am very excited about the Gardens Gone Before aspect of the upcoming competition - I will dig out some pictures dating back to the sixties! So exciting - I must do it!
    Ack - how was I to know what the plant was called???? Green, has leaves, and in Autumn there I see the round discs of honesty in the exact same place. Pffft.
    Sxx

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    1. I am very excited about the Retro GPE, too! I must find an outfit that looks good in sepia.

      Honestly, I think your Honesty is not so honest after all - it's clearly playing tricks on you!

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  4. I have nowhere near exhausted pictures of my gardening. (Chuckles like Mutley).

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    1. Oh - procession of celestial beings? When at least two of the plants you picture are commonly called Old Man's Bush? 🌵

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    2. Celestial beings are partial to a bit of smut, too!

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  5. Yes, I beleive this is the earliest announcement for the Infomaniac Garden Photos Event ever published. Well done, Mr. DeVice.

    I currently have a few feet of snow in my garden along with frigid air. I forget what grass looks like.

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    1. Thank you, thank you... [bows]

      I trust you have your wine and beer chilling outside, then?

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  6. At my old house the Mrs next door grew Honesty, she would harvest the discs and arrange them in a grotesque satsuma vase along with pampas grass and other horrors, then she would proudly display it in her bay window V.common, I'm glad I moved. With a bit more imagination she could have made one of these

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    1. That tealight holder looks like a "fatal house fire inquiry" waiting to happen. Jx

      PS My Mother went through that godawful "rustic-dried-flower-arrangement" phase in the early 1970s - she even sprayed teasels and bullrushes with gold paint to compliment the horrid copper-an-brass jug she used as a vase. The craze soon wore off when one of the bullrushes exploded...

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    2. Ooh, I rather like that tealight holder, but I have to agree with Jon about the chances of a devastating inferno. I think I'd rather be ducked again.

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  7. Hello! I haven't got much, some daffodils and some heath and that's about it. This year I'm planning to plant Snowdrops in the Fall on a hill with a bunch of ferns. It should look lovely next year, hopefully. It's too early for me to think about the the garden party. I'll try not to have any dramas happen on my day of the tour. I make no promises though. I have a friendly relationship with chaos but that doesn't mean its always tells me what its up too.

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    1. If you can, get pots of snowdrops that have just flowered (they're usually v.cheap at this time of year) and put them in straight away, as Autumn-planted bulbs can sometimes take a year or two to flower.

      The Garden Party invitation is NOT 'plus one' - but that never stopped Chaos before. We'll be prepared with wellies, hard hats and a towel, just in case...

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