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July 30, 2012


Melissa@Julia's Bookbag

Just beautiful. We harvested some snow peas we grew and it just is SO MAGICAL -- we grew these things! And they turned into veggies! from seeds!

tracy rose

what a beautiful, perfect weekend you had!


Sounds like a lovely time at the concert with the little girl...I'm sure you planted many wonderful crafting seeds for her. I completely identify with your thoughts on vegetable gardening....they somehow seem much more useful than flowers and sometimes just as beautiful :)


I agree with growing your own veg. It's nice to just run outside and pick some cucumbers or herbs for dinner. I never liked peas until I grew some--so sweet.

As for perfumes--I don't really always wear perfume, but I really like the ones that Fresh puts out. My favorite is Hesperides--it's very citrus-y, but maybe some of the others might be up your alley.

Courtney S.

Amen, Alicia! This may have been the perfect summer weekend. I picked raspberries on Sauvie Island, had two potlucks out in the yard, kept the windows open all day, hung laundry out in the line, read a book in the hammock with a kitty in my lap. Heaven.

Isn't gardening fantastic? It's like magic, really. Just think of all the people who never try because it seems intimidating. So glad you took the plunge.


For perfume, you may want to take a look at Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs. Lots of people are obsessed and you can find all kinds of reviews and even trade the tiny sample vials. They have a overall sort of "goth" aesthetic, but where else can you find a Last Unicorn blend? Or Fraggle Rock? Or perfume based on Neil Gaiman's characters?

Love your veggies!

Dana Laviano

For perfume, I highly recommend "du Soleil" by a German organic perfume company called Aqua Colonia. It's techniically a men's fragrance but it is all hot sun and wild herbs and I wore it down in Argentina and it always makes me think of summer. You can find Aqua Colonia's scents at
Thank you for sharing the lovely photos.


Aren't veggie gardens the best? We've been steaming a lot of our potatoes this year (to avoid the heat of the oven for roasting). Potatoes from the garden are like a brand new vegetable -- so different than what you buy in the store. Love your photos (as always). I prefer "clean" scents for perfumes. One I recently discovered is "Pure Grace" by Philosophy. I also like #21 (I think it's called Age of Aquarius -- citrus-like) by Tokyo Milk.

Ana Conceicao

I was never a gardener until I purchased my home last year and now I can't get enough! I have to agree something about the vegtable garden is really gratifying! For purfume I recommend Trish McEvoy, she uses essential oils to make the scents and they can be layerd. Most Nordstrom retail stores or Neiman Marcus or Bloomingdale's should have the counter.

Heather Bond

For perfume I highly recommend CB I Hate Perfume ( Not perfumey smelling (I can't abide department store perfumes, too much alcohol) and there's something for everyone. In the summer I wear To Smell a Flower (#308) because smells like wet dirt and then like summer flowers and in the winter I wear M3 November (#403) because it smells like burning leaves and apples and, well, November. So glad the garden is doing well!


You make it all look so easy.
I long to live somewhere i could sit and watch a garden day, one day ;)


i couldn't agree more with your comment about growing veggies versus having flowers - there's something so rewarding about having a beautiful garden that also feeds you! Now I just need to move out of an apartment and get myself a plot of land myself :)


Prada Infusion d'Iris - it's a lemony but with an earthiness to it perfume. Reminds me of woods and rainy day anyway.

Gosh, you really do make me want to enjoy summer.It's simply not a season that I care for , but your photos and words make me WANT to like it more.

Your beetroot looks amazing! I've had very little luck with my veggies this year. The weather has been against me, but very definitely for the slugs!

oh how I'd love to grab a waffle on the way out!

Jen D.

I have had great luck finding perfumes with Rebecca and Naz are both amazingly helpful and would jump at the chance to help you find THE summer woods scent. Because they are that awesome. :) I try to buy all my perfumes from them whenever possible.

My heart takes small little leaps anytime I get to see someone grow their own food. I cannot WAIT to have that chance again. Your potato dinner sounds divine!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger

... reading the woodsy perfume suggestions... I go back and forth about fragrance, and lately I enjoy *good smells.*
Roasted beets? Must try. We have been mad for roasted tomatoes, and thank goodness for success in the garden!
Love Steve Martin, love good weather, your pictures, and an inspired child. Wishing you more goodness... lots more.

Jen D.

Oops. forgot to mention, calling for help at The Perfume Shoppe is usually faster than e-mailing. Or you could fill out the perfume profile on the left side of the page, but that is usually more useful if you don't have a particular scent in mind.


It was you that inspired me to learn to crochet. Now I have to carve some letters in driftwood too. Thank you. :)

Seanna Lea

My garden died a hideous death this year. Too little light where it was and too much shade, but my strawberries were fine though small. We're planning on ripping all of the grass from that section of yard and putting in just strawberries and mint. Things that grow even in less than stellar conditions. How was it to grow potatoes? They are on my list of things to grow.


Mid to upper 90's, wind, trying to keep what little has survived alive.
Planting a seed and watching it grow is such a nurturing experience, and you are a nurturer :)
I am always so pleasantly surprised at how much better homegrown food tastes, especially potatoes, and tomatoes, and anything else.


Oh yes, beets require butter! Boiled beets and then butter which melts on the warm precious lovelies... mmm... You make me want to knit, plant, write, go out in the woods, take pics and the whole shabang! Such luck to come across you and a piece of your world.

Teresa Kasner

I'm enjoying seeing your produce.. we planned to make raised beds, but instead our efforts have gone to making a very secure chicken run and getting new chickens after losing our last ones to coyotes last January. We're enjoying the summer out here in Corbett, too. Heading off to our 10 day camping trip in a week! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)


In case you haven't had enough perfume recommendations, I LOVE Thymes products. Their olive leaf fragrance may hit the chord you want, but personally, I find the Lavender intoxicating.

And yes, beets are best with butter!!


Sounds (and looks) just wonderful! I stayed at Edgefield a couple of summers ago during Portland's record heat wave -- it was a lovely setting, but wow, did I swelter and melt without air-conditioning. We vowed to return in the spring or autumn.


wat a lovely day!
thanks for sharing

Claudia Horner

The beet greens are delish too -- like spinach in flavor and cooking time, etc. Sometimes I save mine in a ziplock in the freezer, pre-chopped and ready to toss into a pan with a little olive oil, garlic and lemon zest, or into the soup pot, or in with some fresh pasta and a bit of parmesan cheese. Yum!

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