We'e had a relatively cool summer in Santa Monica. My vegetable garden was performing rather well in June, as you can see from the picture below, but the temperatures never rose high enough for the tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplant. So I had to pull some of them out. The peppers and zuchinnis are slowly coming along, and I planted more tomatoes and cucumbers this weekend. Let's see what's happens to the rest of our summer. It was not all without hope though. What did surprising well were the artichokes. I find artichokes tedious to eat but I love to have them in my garden. The purple flowers keep my garden cheerful. Eventually, they turn brown and dry, but even then, I like them. I had never paid much attention to ttheir seeds before until I saw them this afternoon. They were so beautiful, I had to run inside for my camera. Poor Ana had to wait for her walk until I finished taking pictures. But she never complains. She knows me. Chelsea Clinton's Vera Wang's wedding gown was lovely but look at this one. It took my breath away.