I realize now that I've never taken a good photo of my garden since we built it. But you can see that phase of it here, which is a good reference point for these photos. I'll have to also take some pictures of the rosebushes as they are positively huge and bursting and some of them have even thrown vines over into my garden. 
The broccoli has been a pleasant surprise, I think - so far my two plants have been providing enough broccoli to feed my boys consistently for the past month or so. They both eat a lot of broccoli (thank goodness, since they both fear my favorite green - chard).

The artichoke has been so hardy....isn't it beautiful? Even in the first month when I felt that nothing was growing, the artichoke seemed oblivious to everyone else and continued to stretch out its dagger-like leaves in determined joy. I have heard that it's best to let your artichokes go to flower the first year, then harvest them the second. Has anyone else heard this?


Is a month long enough?

Oh blog-land, I miss you. My month off has been delightful, but I'm reopening my door before the end of summer so that I can connect with all you women of the interwebs and so that I can share my own heart & stories if I feel like it. There is so much that can be said, and so much that can be done. And of course it cannot fit into one small post.

June did not disappoint. It was full of stars and sleep, sun and heat, awakenings and determination. Asher & I packed up our supplies and headed with a girlfriend to the Mendocino fairgrounds to vend our wares at a very large festival. It was a LOT of work, and I admit to being very intimidated by all the "professional" vendors that surrounded us. But it was successful, both financially and personally! Asher was such a good sport, and we made so many new friends....and learned so many new lessons. Our booth went up effortlessly and came together perfectly, we strung lights and hung lavender and the magic glowed:

California dreaming is in full effect at the moment. Today is a thunderous and rainy interlude in amongst all the hot days we've been having. Soon I'll show you photos of our garden progress, and of Asher's new haircut (blessed be, we can see his face!).... and as more stories arise, I'll share them.

Hopefully you've not wandered too far away in my brief absence, and if you have, come by when you can - the more the merrier.

Before parting today, I have two announcements. First is that Amber at Violet Folklore is building a new fan page on Facebook, so please head over and support her if you want. She's also transitioning through some major life movements, so remember that anything you buy from her is supporting a hard-working mama.

Second, I am having a 25% off summer sale at sadieDELUXE, so check it out if you're feeling inspired to pick up some goods (enter code ILOVESUMMER at checkout)....

White Rabbit 1960s cut-out go-go boots
River Walk vintage granny mocs
Aqua Aura Quartz bullet
Instant Collection - vintage coffee mugs
Aragonite crystal bullet
One Love handmade red/green/gold feather & concha earrings